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10 August 2007

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Michael

Yeah I really do think they could have had better panelists on the LOGO debate and I personally don't think Joe should have been there because he does a lot of lobbying and that creates a conflict of interest. I personally think instead of Joe they should have had Keith Boykin and instead of Melissa, Rachael Maddow would have been a great choice. I think those two would have held the candidates feet to the fire and we might have had a more productive discussion. But overall it was great and very telling that the Republicans wouldn't even participate in this debate. Not even Ron Paul.

Andy in Seattle

Excellent recap, Rod, and I agree that the forum focused too much on the Marriage Equality issue. The NAACP didn't pester JFK for interracial marriage before the Voting Rights and Civil Rights Acts had been passed. They worked one step at a time.

ENDA was mentioned last night, yes, and it needs to be the fight we pick--and win--first. There are MAJORITIES across the country in favor of anti-discrimination legislation, and the question should be why the Republicans are AGAINST the will of the people. Put the GOP on the defensive for a change instead of continually running around defending the marriage question. Let's get basic civil rights and non-discrimination enshrined in federal law and then build on that foundation.

Please, HRC, don't send me another god damned blue/gold window sticker until you get your priorities, er, straight.

walt

Rod, your recaps and comments are always solid and fierce. They help me understand what's really going on and I try to get as many folks as I can to check out your site. You are doing some wonderful work, and it is truly appreciated. This IS the way to change.

Caleb Rexter

Melissa was an obvious choice to draw viewers. Her questions were interesting, but, as Rod said, often "painfully self-aware."

This was a very good forum.

Greg G

Yes, the lack of questions on health care and HIV/AIDS was very noticeable. The implication was that health care is not an problem for the audience. I really liked the AFL CIO debate because they talked about issues that were important to me.

The vast majority of this debate was about gay marriage. I'd love to marry my boyfriend one day, but it's not an option in my state. We'll work on that in due time, but in the meantime I would have liked to hear some thoughts on the Hate Crimes Bill and ENDA.

tony rio

In the post-debate wrap I would have liked to have seen some experts or political types. I'm surprised you weren't there Rod or Keith Boykin.

tony rio

One more thing. Were black gay men or lesbians ever addressed besides that one question to Sen. Obama?

Alan T

Black gay men were mentioned twice. Once to Obama and once to Mike Gravel, who was asked a question on HIV/AIDS in teh black community. That question should have gone to Obama, Clinton or Edwards, who has outlined his own plan for universal healthcare.

A. Ronald

Great point about the inordinate amount of attention given to gay marriage? Did that bother anyone else?

BL

It bothered me.

ca

Yeah, it upset me. To have the majority of the discussion devoated to marriage when it';s just not an option for the vast majority of people.

Luther

Thanks for the recap Rod, and while I have lost interest in this two year race for the WH, the recap summed up quite a bit as I don't have Logo as they axed Noah's Arc.

I have to admit I had no idea who Melissa Etheridge even was and what her questions, so, the recap helped there. The only thing that I found is the total emphasis on gay marriage somewhat perplexing, what about funding for helping people living with HIV that is being cut? What about helping gay teens who are kicked out of their homes and abused at school. There are way too many issues going on for the glbt communities than gay marriage, while important to many isn't the end all of end all. It would have been nice to hear how they would deal with some of the "other" issues.

Luther

Thanks for the recap Rod, and while I have lost interest in this two year race for the WH, the recap summed up quite a bit as I don't have Logo as they axed Noah's Arc.

I have to admit I had no idea who Melissa Etheridge even was and what her questions were, so, the recap helped there. The only thing that I found is the total emphasis on gay marriage somewhat perplexing, what about funding for helping people living with HIV that is being cut? What about helping gay teens who are kicked out of their homes and abused at school. There are way too many issues going on for the glbt communities than gay marriage, while important to many isn't the end all of end all. It would have been nice to hear how they would deal with some of the "other" issues.

Earl FF

Luther, those are very good points. It's wonderful that this forum happened and it would have been asking too much to get all of our concerns asked and answered. But without a doubt there was too much discussion on marriage.

Zoe Wills

It was very disappointing that onbly two questions were posed on AIDS and none on health care in general. The AFL CIO debate was more competitive. But I'm very glad they addressed our issues.

derrick

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but only Kucinich and Garvel are supportiung our issues fully and Rod gave both absolutely zero air time.

Henry TW

Derrick, all of the candidates had the same amount of "airtime" at the forum. The televised forum reached many millions of people, this blog only thousands. YTou do the math.

It's wonderful that Kucinich and Gravel support same sex marriage. Okay. That still has to be fought on a state by state level. They are the longest shot candidates so they can afford to take extreme platforms.,

Joe Jons

The recaps are back! yeah!

ralphie

Same-sex marriage is an admirable goal and the conversation is started has created the push for gay rights, ENDA, hate crimes etc. It's certainly a discussion we should be having but it's not the only discussion.

rob a

Let me second what Zoe says. It's a little disappointing that the only one or possibly two questions addressed AIDS. I would hjave loved to hear John Edwards and Hillary debate univbersal health care.

Gawd, wouldn't an entire debate on health care be wonderful?

ATL Kid

I don't get Logo but have been enjoying the video clips posted at Visible Vote 08. The site is very well put together. Congratulations Rod on being asked to write something. It's wonderful seeing you up there with Billie Jean and martina Navratilova!

West Side Poz

I would have prefereed to see some discussion of AIDS and HIV. It's puzzling that the only question was given to Mike Gravel.

Xavier Greene

There is no longer here in Texas so I always look forward to yourt recaps. Insightful as always.

Now, since I know that I can watch the video clips, about to go check them out.

Franklyn Smith

Great recap but why didn't you mention Edwards? It was very moving to watch him backpedal on his religious opposition to gay marriage.

I don't hold their same sex marriage positions against them, but, it's very fun to watch them squirm.

anon

The forum was very predictable, with the exception of Richardson, but I am very glad that they are reaching outy to our community.

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