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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Al Gore Endorses…

posted by on January 23 at 11:57 AM

…gay marriage.

“Gay men and women ought to have the same rights as heterosexual men and women—to make contracts, to have hospital visiting rights, to join together in marriage, and I don’t understand why it is considered by some people to be a threat to heterosexual marriage. Shouldn’t we be promoting [that] kind of faithfulness and loyalty to ones partner regardless of sexual orientation?”

He is so not running for president.

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He's definitely NOT running for president which is a pity; it's a pity that a politician CAN'T vocalize this kind of opinion and have any hope of getting elected.

Posted by madscntst | January 23, 2008 12:04 PM

This is so frustrating. Because frankly, I bet Gore felt this way in 2000. But in 2000 he couldn't come out and say this because he was running for president. It makes me wish I could hear what all the candidates would say their positions were if none of them were running for President.

Posted by arduous | January 23, 2008 12:09 PM

He can say this now because he is not running for president and that is sad but I am confident this will change in the near future.

Posted by Gay Seattle | January 23, 2008 12:12 PM
4 makes me want to vote for a candidate that does say what he believes, arduous.

What the hell is the matter with people?

We take it at face value when a candidate says they will repeal all (or part) of DOMA and at the same time we are very accepting of Gore for saying something now that he might have believed 8 years ago but would never have said (and presumably done anything about).

No wonder we get what we deserve.

Posted by patrick | January 23, 2008 12:15 PM

so who does he endorse??? Obama? Clinton? Edwards?

Actually, I would love to see him on a one on one debate with Huckabee and basically prove that Huck's so full of shit.

Posted by apres_moi | January 23, 2008 12:16 PM

Nothing he says or does will change the fact that he is a major douchebag.

Posted by Mr. Poe | January 23, 2008 12:18 PM

@4, that would be nice, but frankly, I don't think that any of the presidential candidates say what they believe.

Posted by arduous | January 23, 2008 12:19 PM

Well, that settles the thought of Gore running for the White House ever again. And this shows us he cann't.


Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | January 23, 2008 12:23 PM

I just wanna give Al a great big hug

Posted by manbearpig | January 23, 2008 12:24 PM

Oh, Al. I wish you would be my president. *sigh*

Posted by Mary T | January 23, 2008 12:26 PM

poe @6 he is ineffectual, and has made some gaffes ("i practically invented the internet"--what was he thinking to say that?!) but what makes him a douchebag, oh wise one? he strikes me as less of a db than most ex or current politicians, actually.

Posted by ellarosa | January 23, 2008 12:26 PM

Unless he gets drafted at a brokered convention, since Obama has more delegates than Clinton does ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 23, 2008 12:27 PM

i am so sad right now. 2000 was so long ago.. so very very long ago.

Posted by Cale | January 23, 2008 12:28 PM

Jesus christ enough with the self pity and wallowing in defeat. When a mainstream leader like the highly popular former Vice President endorses your goal, that means you're winning. You're supposed to be happy about this, not snivel about how Gore is now a pariah for being on your side. Stop acting like losers.

Posted by elenchos | January 23, 2008 12:30 PM

He keeps this up, and he might alienate his core Futurama fans...

Posted by michael strangeways | January 23, 2008 12:31 PM

Ugh. Yes, non-marriage == promiscuity. Makes sense...

Posted by Vasya | January 23, 2008 12:35 PM

What a visionary.

A true leader.

I wonder if he thought this way in 2004 when 11 states were amending their constitutions?

Thank God he is opening his mouth now.

He must have had a sudden revelation in his sleep last night.

Maybe someone stuffed the constitution into his cheeseburger and he nearly choked on it...

Posted by patrick | January 23, 2008 12:35 PM

Dan Savage, I have a crush on you (!!!).

Posted by SI | January 23, 2008 12:36 PM

He'd only alienate Family Guy fans. Futurama fans are way smarter, and we've been with him all the way.

God, I wish he was running for president. Or better yet, was actually president.

Posted by Jessica | January 23, 2008 12:36 PM

I can't be more disappointed with Obama and Clinton tying themselves to MLK and then promoting discrimination and being against civil rights for certain classes of people.

I can't get excited about either of them when they feel the need to promote their beliefs in little people in the sky and also promote discrimination. The great thing about MLK wasn't just that he was against discrimination, but that he lead, and lead on promoting equal rights when it was dangerous and unpopular to do so. Obama and Clinton can't even lead on an issue like same sex marriage when the trend towards it being legal everywhere is obvious.

Props to Gore for coming out clearly on this issue, and to Kucinich who is the only Presidential candidate with the balls to speak in favor of marriage equality.

Obama sounds like Huckabee - his statement on marriage equality is "marriage is between a man and a woman". What an idiot. Hillary is the same.

Posted by Meinert | January 23, 2008 12:38 PM

I've been in favor of gay marriage for years. Gay people have just as much right to be miserable as the rest of us.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | January 23, 2008 12:39 PM

"When a mainstream leader like the highly popular former Vice President endorses your goal..."

yeah, it's kind like stepping in a pile of crap and realizing, hey, it wasn't dog poo, it was from a homeless person!

Good for me!

Posted by patrick | January 23, 2008 12:43 PM

I really wish people who otherwise seem like reasonable Sloggers would stop perpetuating that bullshit "Al Gore said he 'invented' the internet" smear. He *didn't* say that.


Posted by w7ngman | January 23, 2008 12:45 PM

Go, Al!

Posted by me | January 23, 2008 12:49 PM

"During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet." was his exact quote. his mistake was using the word "creating' which the right morphed into "invented." my bad. but it was still a gaffe foe him

Posted by ellarosa | January 23, 2008 12:58 PM

@23, 25 - yeah, and I was on the first Net, so I agree with ellarosa.

It wasn't a gaffe, it was what we like to call a "Lie by people who hate Democracy".

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 23, 2008 1:07 PM

Nice to hear! Thanks Al. I like you much more now than when you ran for President so keep it up. I think you need a slide show about this topic and maybe a movie too.

Posted by Mrs. Y | January 23, 2008 1:08 PM

The ACTUAL Gore quote is "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet," which is widely acknowledged to be the simple truth (i.e., he proposed the Congressional legislation funding the development of a new computer network -- "a 'superhighway' which would revolutionise data transmission" -- in the late '80s).

For more discussion see:

Posted by David | January 23, 2008 1:13 PM

So, ellarosa, Gore used true words, which his political enemies morphed into false words -- and that's GORE's fault somehow???!?

I can just hear it now -- "Gore's mistake was saying that the sky is 'blue,' because the right morphed that into 'green.'"

Posted by David | January 23, 2008 1:18 PM

@25 - Gore's real mistake with that quote was using the word "Internet" sloppily. He really meant that he had taken the lead in creating the regulatory environment that enabled the internet as we know it to be created out of what had been a relatively limited, partially connected network of government, military, and university computers. The internet by that name did not exist when Gore came into office and began advocating for policies to encourage the commercial development of a nationwide computer network.

As for marriage equality, I think a lot of elected Democrats support it personally but don't feel like it's a politically advantageous thing to support publicly. It's a bit surprising in his case only because Gore has such a long history of social conservatism going back to the PMRC days. But he was also a big warmongering fuck back then, too, so obviously he changed.

Posted by Cascadian | January 23, 2008 1:25 PM

Talk being cheap and all, let's look at his actual record...

“At the outset of his Congressional career in 1976, Gore called homosexuality "abnormal." In 1980 he voted for an amendment prohibiting the Legal Services Corp. from assisting homosexuals whose rights were denied because of their sexual orientation. As a senator, Gore repeatedly backed anti-gay measures devised by Jesse Helms that sought to deny legal protections for gay people, and supported an amendment to use HIV tests to discriminate against immigrants and people seeking health insurance. Even worse, Gore voted with Helms to restore the anti-gay sodomy law in the District of Columbia after the local city council tried to repeal it.”

The Weekly News (Miami) on August 31, 2000

Fucking hypocrite!

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | January 23, 2008 1:37 PM

That warmed what's left of my heart.

I see it as a sign of good things to come.

Eventually, honesty will out.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | January 23, 2008 1:41 PM

@ 31: I hope I'm not judged by my actions of 25 years ago. I was a total asshole back then too.

(I'm an asshole today too, but in vastly different ways).

Posted by Mike in MO | January 23, 2008 1:54 PM

@31... you do realize homosexuality was classified as a disease for most of the 20th century? Of COURSE he said that in the 70's!

Posted by Lauren | January 23, 2008 2:10 PM

@31, yes people change their minds. You and Cornball should get together to attack people who DARE to change their minds.

And people wonder what is wrong with politics today.....

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | January 23, 2008 2:13 PM

@21: that joke hasn't been funny for 5 years.

Posted by Blerg | January 23, 2008 2:16 PM

Oh, I get it...he changed his mind.

So, then this video is an apology for all the wrong ideas he had in the past an the lack of actions he has taken in the past 10 years.

Funny..I didn't hear him say he was sorry or wrong or anything like that.

It's great of him to make this statement. It might actually mean something if he explained what the fuck it's all about.

Posted by patrick | January 23, 2008 2:22 PM

Yeah, patrick, you should stay bitter and angry until every single person who ever crossed you in their whole lives comes crawling back to apologize and beg forgiveness. And maybe even then you should stay pissed, on principle. Good plan.

Posted by elenchos | January 23, 2008 3:28 PM

maybe I should drink the Kool-Aid as I'm told...believe as you would have me believe.


vote dem!

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Posted by patrick | January 24, 2008 8:24 AM

So thats why I voted for Al Gore, and it wasn't just because I hated Bush so much. I voted in Florida in 2000. It's not my fault.

Posted by Jennifer | January 26, 2008 11:49 AM

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