Obama: Gay Rights Not “Special Rights”

November 21, 2007 at 9:39 am 13 comments

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network Barack Obama slaps down the notion that equal rights for LGBT Americans are “special rights.” Gay rights opponents have used the meme “special rights” as a way to combat the growing support for LGBT civil rights. In this clip Barack also talks about his support for reproductive choice.

This appearance continues Barack’s willingness to stand firm in his convictions even when he has to tell people things they may not want to hear. He made clear to the likely conservative viewers of CBN that he supports a woman’s right to choose and that he will to be a strong advocate for LGBT civil rights.

Far too often candidates pander to different groups of voters careful not to tell them anything that they may find offensive. This is not the case with Barack. He tells it like it is and you have to respect that.

Click to view Barack’s platform on LGBT issues.

Obama Addresses Gay Rights on Meet the Press
Barack Obama Calls for LGBT Equality
Obama Talks Gay Rights with MTV


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  • 1. Webster  |  November 21, 2007 at 11:21 am

    The “McClurkin” incident really pissed me off. This video has helped to temper my anger at Obama a bit. I’m still thinking that Edwards is more open, more honest, and more trustworthy on the whole–but if Obama should win the nomination, based on this kind of rational response, I could see myself supporting him with a little more enthusiasm than I otherwise had.

  • 2. Michael Crawford  |  November 21, 2007 at 11:26 am

    I would encourage you to read Barack’s LGBT issues platform. It lays out point by point where he stands on LGBT civil rights.

  • 3. Zeke  |  November 21, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    Wow, that is quite the over sell of a minimalist support for BASIC rights for GLBT people.

    He says, over and over, that he wants to give us BASIC rights like the right to visit a “loved one” in the hospital.

    Well big frickin deal! I’m not looking for BASIC rights, I’m demanding EQUAL rights.

    This overstating of a candidates gay friendliness seems no different than the gay Republicans who try to convince us that Giulliani is supportive of gay rights and civil unions when he has loudly and repeatedly said that he no longer believes in many of the gay supportive positions he used to support INCLUDING civil unions.

    Barack didn’t say, as you claimed, that gay rights are not special rights. He didn’t say that at all. He said BASIC rights aren’t special rights. There is a very big difference.

  • 4. Michael Crawford  |  November 21, 2007 at 3:34 pm


    While you are demanding equal rights, not basic rights, how do you propose that we get there if we don’t support candidates who can help to move us towards full equality?

    Don’t jump to the conclusion that I am not advocating for full and equal treatment under the law, because I am.

  • 5. timethief  |  November 21, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    I live in Canada where gay rights (for example to marry) are basic human rights. I hope to see the American people become progressive enough to establish full and fair treatment for all its citizens very soon. Unfortunately, the right wing christian zealots seem to have a firm grasp on the privates of your politicians and that’s truly unfortunate. It seems that the way to go is to vote for those who are most likely to move towards full equality.

    Best wishes

  • 6. Zeke  |  November 21, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    Michael, how presumptuous of you to assume that I don’t support “candidates who can help us towards full equality” by making a blatant straw man argument. In fact I do support such candidates. I just don’t support people giving us false impressions of what a politician said about a gay issue by misrepresenting and adding to what the politician ACTUALLY said.

    My issue with this commentary was the fact that the author claimed that Obama said that “gay rights are not special rights” when that wasn’t what he said at all. He said basic rights, like visiting a “loved one” in the hospital, weren’t special rights and that he would support giving gay people BASIC rights.

    I know his support for gay rights goes beyond what he focused on in this interview. That wasn’t the point of my comment. I specifically took issue with taking THIS particular statement and claiming he courageously said something in front of the 700Club crowd that he, in fact, didn’t say.

  • 7. Christopher  |  November 21, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    Luvs me some Obama!

  • 8. Bug  |  November 21, 2007 at 11:43 pm

    My my, a little testy today, are we?

    The video was there wasn’t it? If the blogger doesn’t match the content, ignore him. Even from what he said in this particular interview, though, I would think that Obama is committed to supporting LGBT rights as much as much as proves possible. He does need to remain prudent in his use of terminology before elections, mind.

  • 9. phil_in_ny  |  November 22, 2007 at 8:09 am

    I don’t know. I like him, I just don’t think he has what it takes. I really don’t know who to support anymore. They’re all getting on my nerves.

  • 10. Michael Crawford  |  November 22, 2007 at 10:52 am

    I decided on supporting Barack even before he announced his candidacy for the presidency. Its partially based on his strong support for LGBT civil rights, but as because of his early opposition to invading Iraq, his stances on healthcare, energy independence and because we have the possibility of electing the first African-American president in history.

    We have endured 7 long years of complete and total incompetence from Bush and his band of ideologues as they have shredded our Constitution, destroyed our economy and stained our international reputation. Its time for change and I believe that the change we need is Barack Obama.

  • 11. joss  |  November 24, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    I think the argument that he makes here is that what everyone has termed “special rights” ARE the “basic rights” that everyone should have zeke, he used the term “basic equality” watch the tape again. he argues the difference in the choice of basic and special.

  • 12. amanda verdoia  |  July 16, 2008 at 9:49 am

    i think that there is nothing wrong with gay relasionships or even gya marraige. why are you all so busy up in peoples busnuiess to even know that they are gay. leave them alone they cant help who they are attracted to. Nobosy can tell anyone who they can date, and there is no law in this world saying that men and woman have to be together. This is a free country and anybody can date who they want to date. Just because of some stupid religion, thats why alot of people are hating on gay relasionships. They are only human…..Stsy out of their buiness and let them be happy with who ever they choose to be with, wheather its a man or woman!!!!!!!

  • 13. amanda verdoia  |  July 16, 2008 at 9:49 am



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