Jun 22, 2007

John Edwards Supports Gay Pride: Mainstream Recognition for the LGBT Community

More on the Elizabeth Edwards speech at the Toklas LGBT Democratic Club on Sunday:

"Everyone should have the same rights and benefits," Elizabeth Edwards said. "Same-sex couples should receive the same treatment (as straight couples)." On the subject of poverty in America, Elizabeth Edwards said that she believed Congress had masked the issue in unjustifiable silence. "37 million people (in America) live in poverty, and 15 million in deep poverty," she said.

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For the first time in U.S. history, a candidate for President is coming out of the closet to support the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community. Through his wife, anyway. It's been a long wait, my friends, and I am sorry this mainstream support could not have come sooner. But here it is: Elizabeth Edwards, spouse of presidential candidate, John Edwards, will be the keynote speaker at the Alice B. Toklas Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Democratic Club breakfast (that is a mouthful!) this coming Sunday.

I cannot wait to read the transcript of Elizabeth Edwards' speech, or to see a snippet of it. What will she say? She was a gifted attorney during her earlier career and is the author of Saving Graces, a memoir that covers the tragic death of their son, Wade, her own struggles with breast cancer that are still ongoing, her life as a military brat, and how she found strength from the support of her community throughout it all.

During the John Edwards bid for the White House in 2004, I supported him, and will do so again this go-round
but I have to admit, I wondered about his "marriage is only between a man and a woman" stance that he took during the 2004 debates—and that he also persuaded John Kerrey to take. This talking point seemed out-of-keeping with his more progressive stance on other social issues, if not downright antiquated. Now Edwards is actively redeeming himself to the LBGT community by courting them, and the LGBT community can shout for joy for finally, finally being deemed court-worthy by the mainstream.

I promise to report more on this soon after the Sunday speech.

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