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President Obama’s November 2016 List of Endorsements

President Obama has made many endorsements for political office for the November 2016 general election. In addition to the rare endorsement made by the President in Democratic primary contests throughout the year, his office has announced that he will make an unprecedented raft of endorsements for downballot candidates this week, including U.S. Senate and House, governorships, state legislatures and even other state and municipal offices which will have faceoffs in November. His goal is to further state-level redistricting reform.

Here’s a list which I’m gleaning from Politico, CNN and other sources.

  • Hillary Clinton – President
  • Tim Kaine – Vice-President

Senate

  • Catherine Cortez-Masto – NV
  • Patrick Murphy – FL
  • Kamala Harris – CA
  • Tammy Duckworth – IL
  • Deborah Ross – NC
  • Katie McGinty – PA
  • Maggie Hassan – NH

House

  • Tom O’Halleran – AZ-1
  • Ami Bera – CA-7
  • Michael Eggman – CA-10
  • Salud Carbajal – CA-24
  • Doug Applegate – CA-49
  • Bryan Caforio – CA
  • Morgan Carroll – CO-6
  • Charlie Crist – FL
  • Stephanie Murphy – FL
  • Val Demings – FL-10
  • Joe Garcia – FL-26
  • Monica Vernon – IA-1
  • Jim Mowrer – IA-3
  • Cheri Bustos – IL-17
  • Brad Schneider – IL
  • Jay Sidie – KS-3
  • John Yarmuth – KY
  • Emily Cain – ME
  • Suzanna Shkreli – MI-8
  • Angie Craig – MN-2
  • Terri Bonoff – MN-3
  • Brad Ashford – NE-2
  • Carol-Shea-Porter – NH
  • Annie Kuster – NH
  • Josh Gottheimer – NJ
  • Jacky Rosen – NV-3
  • Ruben Kihuen – NV-4
  • Tom Suozzi – NY
  • Sean Patrick Maloney – NY
  • Collen Deacon – NY
  • Zephyr Teachout – NY-19
  • Steve Santarsiero – PA
  • Christina Hartman – PA
  • LuAnn Bennett – VA
  • Jane Dittmar – VA

Governors

  • Roy Cooper – NC
  • Kate Brown – OR
  • Sue Minter – VT

State Legislatures

  • Abigail Medina – CA AD-40
  • Josh Newman – CA SD-29
  • Cheryl Cook-Kallio – CA AD-16
  • Al Muratsuchi – CA AD-66
  • Tony Exum – CO HD-17
  • Robert Asencio – FL HD-118
  • Lisa Montelione – FL HD-63
  • Ivette Gonzalez Petkovich – FL HD-103
  • Nick Duran – FL HD-112
  • Daisy Baez – FL HD-114
  • Beth Tuura – FL HD-47
  • Rena Frazier – FL HD-59
  • Ben Diamond – FL HD-68
  • Debbie Mucarsel-Powell – FL SD-39
  • Rod Smith – FL SD-8
  • Linda Stewart – FL SD-13
  • Bob Buesing – FL SD-18
  • José Javier Rodríguez – FL SD-37
  • Juliana Stratton – IL HD-5
  • Eric Lesser – MA SD-1st Hpdn., Hpsh.
  • Lindsey Port – MN HD-56B
  • Erin Maye Quade – MN HD-57A
  • Jamie Becker-Finn – MN HD-42B
  • Mary T’Kach – MN HD-52B
  • Zach Dorholt – MN HD-14B
  • Duane Sauke – MN HD-25B
  • Andrew Carlson – MN HD-50B
  • Paul Rosenthal – MN HD-49B
  • Tina Kotek – OR HD-44
  • Jennifer Williamson – OR HD-36
  • Barbara Smith-Turner – OR HD-45
  • Paul Southwick – OR HD-37
  • Janelle Bynum – OR HD-51
  • Gena Goodman-Campbell – OR HD-37
  • Teresa Alonso Leon – OR HD-22
  • Tawna Sanchez – OR HD-43
  • Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant – WA SD-49
  • Lisa Wellman – WA SD-41
  • Mike Pellicciotti – WA HD-30a
  • Kristine Reeves – WA HD-30b
  • Jeff Wright – WI AD-51
  • Art Shrader – WI AD-50

Other states offices

  • Josh Shapiro – PA Attorney General
  • Kirk Caldwell – Honolulu HI Mayor
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Roll Call: Obama Would Veto Defense Bill Over Discrimination Issue

The President draws a line in the sand. From Roll Call:

President Barack Obama is prepared to veto the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill if it includes a provision that the White House believes would allow some forms of discrimination in federal contracting.

So said senior administration officials at a White House meeting Monday of groups that oppose the provision, according to participants in the conclave who requested anonymity to talk about it.[..]

The Russell amendment is one of only a few issues snagging talks to write a final fiscal 2017 defense authorization measure, said Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, top Democrat on House Armed Services, in a brief interview with CQ Roll Call in late September.

According to critics, the amendment, adopted by House Armed Services in May, would permit religiously affiliated contractors that do business with any government agency to discriminate against employees based on the religious views of the employer. This could endanger employees who are gay or who got pregnant out of wedlock, for example, critics say.

Source: Exclusive: Obama Would Veto Defense Bill Over Discrimination Issue

5 Years Ago, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Was Repealed

It was 5 years ago today that the most pro-LGBT president in U.S. history, President Barack Obama, signed the DADT Repeal Act into law, integrating our military for gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemembers.

In honor of this moment, I’m posting this interview I recorded in 2011 with Sgt. Danny Ingram, who was discharged from the U.S. Army when DADT came into force in 1993. As president of AVER, he advocated for fellow LGBT servicemembers and veterans long enough to shake the hand of President Obama at the signing ceremony.

You can also see the full signing ceremony here.

This is all said in acknowledgement that Transgender servicemembers have not yet been integrated into the military. Under Sec. of Defense Ashton Carter, advancements are moving toward the day that DADT for Trans servicemembers will be able to serve in the military openly without threat of discharge. Under Carter, women servicemembers have also been expanded to all combat roles in the military.

“They will say we are not here”: Choices, From Uganda to Arkansas

David Kato’s murder in January 2011 was a brutal footnote in the ongoing attempt to fully criminalize homosexuality in countries which are heavy in Abrahamic religion and light in liberal arts education. U.S. President Barack Obama’s statement of support for same-sex marriage in May 2012 was a touchstone in the history of LGBT people’s relationship with the U.S. electorate.

Two events in LGBT history involving two men of color of renown in two different political climates, in two years.

But I think that they, both Kato and Obama, are examples of what can happen when someone decides not to hide, but to stay, come out and fight.

Some time before his murder, Kato told filmmakers Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright this:

So if I run away, who will defend the others?

And defend he did, even to his last breath, even as the threat of the upcoming Anti-Homosexuality Law continued to enshadow so many LGBT people in Uganda. It has gotten worse since his death, with the bill now law and more Ugandans seeking asylum in neighboring Kenya or elsewhere.

By contrast, Obama was one of countless beneficiaries of those in the United States who did not run away from their home communities, but stayed and fought for better conditions. By the time he stated his support for marriage equality for same-sex couples, tens of thousands of couples had already gotten married and challenged other states’ prohibitions on their marriages. Several more jurisdictions – state, county, city – had placed non-discrimination laws into their books. But none of these laws would have been instituted had the LGBT residents of these jurisdictions had ran away or focused on their vacations in more LGBT-friendly destinations rather than sought change in their own neighborhoods.

California would not have overthrown Proposition 8 had safer conditions had not been fought for in the 1960s and 1970s by the likes of Harry Hay, Harvey Milk and Jose Sarria. New York would not have gained marriage equality in 2011 had the Stonewall riots not happened against gross police brutality. No anti-discrimination laws would have been sought to the present without a bunch of activists getting them put into law in Ann Arbor and Lansing, Michigan in 1972.

People stuck it out and fought for their posterities when their own sexualities and gender identities were proscribed under state law, when they were subjected to police abuse, when there was nothing to protect them from violence or discrimination.

And now, you have marriage equality in freakin’ Arkansas! South of the Mason-Dixon Line!

So if someone stuck it out here in the Southeast, if someone waited for all these years somewhere in a region which tends to be the last to do anything that is politically inclusive and progressive until after every other region has written such legislation into law, then why can’t I?

My friend Edric from Macon, who runs PFLAG Macon and MaconOUT, tells me often about how so many LGBT people in Middle Georgia would rather indulge in Atlanta Pride every year rather than have a pride festival in Macon or Middle Georgia. But is there nothing in Middle Georgia that is positive for LGBT people?

Nothing at all?

This is why I’m torn right now. I will put myself more into website design, make some money, pay for my expenses, and spend the rest on LGBT-related or UU-related work. But when I have the opportunity to leave for a greener pasture, will I leave? Or will I stay and fight?

Politically, I want to stay, whether it is in Columbus or in Macon, but I want to stay and help the LGBT community here in Georgia.

I want to help build a better, more inclusive community for HIV+ people in the community, LGBT people, women, people of color, organized labor, secular atheist, etc. – in Middle and West Georgia.

By the day, I revisit my interest in going to places like California, with its enticing tech sector, but right now, it’s only half a place I’d want to live in and half a place to visit. The people there are leaps and bounds ahead of where we are here in Georgia, but their experience of equality is only one experience by people who already have a lot more going for themselves.

I think these two regions of Georgia, if we pulled hard and long enough, can go much further. I think this place can be much more inclusive. We can have non-discrimination ordinances, and domestic partnership registries, and more pride/diversity events, and LGBT people being elected to office, and less homeless or destitute LGBT adults and young people on our streets.

I hope to help with that, just as I’ve already helped as President of a Gay-Straight Alliance in college. I plan to stay and fight, whether in Columbus or in Fort Benning, until more people are awakened to the possibilities and can fight for themselves.

David Kato stated “If we keep hiding, they will say we are not here”. That can accurately describe the present situation in Middle and West Georgia.

Edric, let’s not hide. Let’s stay and fight. For Middle Georgia and West Georgia.

My weapon of choice will be this blog.