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Americablog Launches DNC Donor ‘Pause’ Boycott

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A pair of Washington DC political bloggers and gay advocates are calling on LGBT rights supporters to ‘pause’ their donations to the Democratic National Committee. Joe Sudbay and John Aravosis from AmericaBlog.com say the DNC has “lost its way” when it comes to gay issues – and they are asking supporters to pledge NOT to donate to the party itself until the Obama Administration and Democratic leaders in Congress keep their promises on gay rights.

Aravosis says even though the Administration never promised a specific timeframe for important issues, the community can’t wait until the end of the administration to see if those promises were kept.

Aravosis: “They go waffley on a lot of stuff, and what we’ve learned is that you’ve got to stand up to them or they’re not going to come through. So you certainly don’t wait until the last day of his administration and say ‘oh well, we got tricked, better luck next time.’ You step in now and let them know you’re serious.”

The ‘pledge’ says donations will resume, once the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is passed, and both the Defense of Marriage Act and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell are repealed.

Aravosis: “Traditionally, the President exercises incredible power in terms of influencing Congress, and he can on our legislation as well, and he doesn’t, even though he promised he would. So specifically, we want to see him meet those three promises.”

The pledge also lists more than a dozen examples of not just INACTION on gay issues, but action they say has been taken by the administration AGAINST gay issues — from “defending Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act in court,” to “Showing visible discomfort when asked about gay civil rights.”

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Written by OutQ News staff

November 10, 2009 at 9:20 AM

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