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.
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.
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.
hmm...it 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.
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.
Nothing he says or does will change the fact that he is a major douchebag.
@4, that would be nice, but frankly, I don't think that any of the presidential candidates say what they believe.
Well, that settles the thought of Gore running for the White House ever again. And this shows us he cann't.
FUCK FUCK FUCK!!!
I just wanna give Al a great big hug
Oh, Al. I wish you would be my president. *sigh*
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.
Unless he gets drafted at a brokered convention, since Obama has more delegates than Clinton does ...
i am so sad right now. 2000 was so long ago.. so very very long ago.
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.
He keeps this up, and he might alienate his core Futurama fans...
Ugh. Yes, non-marriage == promiscuity. Makes sense...
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...
Dan Savage, I have a crush on you (!!!).
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.
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.
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.
"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!
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.
"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
@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".
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.
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:
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.'"
@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.
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
That warmed what's left of my heart.
I see it as a sign of good things to come.
Eventually, honesty will out.
@ 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).
@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!
@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.....
@21: that joke hasn't been funny for 5 years.
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.
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.
maybe I should drink the Kool-Aid instead...do as I'm told...believe as you would have me believe.
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.
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