The First Gay President

May 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Entertainment, News, Tom Butts

By: Tom Butts

Okay, let’s start off with a true statement.  When I heard President Obama had said he favors Same-Sex Marriage or as I prefer to say “Marriage Equality”, I was touched…okay, I got teary-eyed.  It’s powerful to hear your President validate something so personal.  I’ve been with my husband for over 10 years and it’s nice to see it recognized.

Now…to my point…

“Our First Gay President”?  (First off, I thought that was Buchanan.)

Let me do some quick fact checking by

Obama, he’s straight.

He didn’t endorse gay marriage and set dates or proposals to show how he plans to end the inequities of marriage and lack there of.

South Carolina banned interracial marriage until the Federal Government stepped in and told them they couldn’t.

He said he’d leave it up to the states to decide.  Really?  We didn’t leave slavery up to the states or there’d probably be a few that still have it.

Yes, it’s an amazing gesture and I’m sure that I’ll get email telling me that it “takes time…” baby steps…” it will happen…”

I don’t think these words resonated with Rosa Parks and they certainly don’t resonate with me.  I realize that I most certainly should not or expect to be compared to a woman who was so powerful in the civil rights movement, but I also shouldn’t be ignored or counted out.

Marriage equality is just that, treating us all equally, giving us the same federal benefits that married couples get and protecting us.  Really marriage is a conservative concept and some of “us” want to opt in.

I’m not sure that people continually voting on our rights or our equality is healthy for us or them, well, again, I just checked and it’s not healthy…there, I said it.


Republicans Fear Undercounting in Census

April 6, 2010 by  
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By: Tom Butts

Some Republicans are worried that an anti-government surge among conservatives will lead to lower participation in the U.S. census, which they fear could reduce the number of Republican seats in Congress and state legislatures.  Conservative activists this year have argued it is unconstitutional for the census to ask anything beyond the number of people in a household. This year’s census form also seeks information on race, gender and age, among other things, and filling it out is required by law.  The census has asked similar questions for decades.  Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who is admired by many tea-party activists and ultra-conservatives, has said she will refuse to provide information about anything except the number of people in her household.

Okay…after reading the above on Fox News’s website…yes, I sometimes force myself to read the tabloids…

I was thinking, “why is it that we’ve had the Census every ten years and just in 2010 people are questioning it and doing the conspiracy thing?”  I figured it out.  In 1970, 1980 and 1990 we had Republican Presidents –no need to protest.  In 2000 we were still talking about Bill Clinton’s blowjob, so I think Republicans forgot to protest queue 2010.  A President “of color” and a Tea Party that still makes me smirk when I see their outfits and misspelled protest posters make a perfect recipe for people who are afraid to be counted.

To be honest, I don’t even know where to begin with Michelle Bachmann. I’ll just wait for her next fuck up that makes this look petty.  I’m sure this will happen soon.

I was going to launch into the idea that people who are so worried about this should just move to Northern Idaho, but I think I’ll take it one step further.  I will quote my conservative friends (yes, I have a few) and say what they said to me when I was whining about GW Bush “why don’t you just move to Canada?”  That feels really good; I’ll repeat myself.  “Why don’t you just move to Canada?”  Of course, I don’t think Canada wants these close-minded fools and their tea bags, so perhaps they need to find a nice country where prejudice, stupidity and ignorance are welcome.  Is there such a place?