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COMMENTARY: Will black ministers follow Obama on marriage equality?

African-American ministers have come out for, and against, President Barack Obama's stance on marriage equality.

LGBTQ activists of African descent have pondered what would be the catalyst to rally those African-American Christian ministers to support same-sex marriage and engage the black community in a nationwide discussion.

Last week the answer arrived in Obama's support of marriage equality.

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COMMENTARY: Frank Rich on bully Romney and the gay vote

The polls have not been too kind to Obama's gay-marriage announcement. Both New York Times/CBS and USA Today/Gallup show around 25 percent of voters saying they’re "less likely" to vote for him because of it. Is Obama going to regret that he did this now?

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COMMENTARY: A happy day for special mothers who love their gay children

Sunday was Mother’s Day, and countless mothers lined up with their families, clutching their restaurant wait-list buzzer thingies that, when activated, startled many of them into an inopportune piddle. Then they waited an untoward amount of time for a mediocre brunch, a watery mimosa, and a flagging carnation. Yet, they remained cheerfully appreciative of the U.S. style of maternal adulation, grateful for the predictable mundanities of motherhood.

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COMMENTARY: Obama forced to come out on gay marriage

While President Barack Obama's views was still "evolving" on marriage equality, it's apparent they were evolved for two of his top officials.

For Vice President Joe Biden the issue is a no-brainer.

“I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying one another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties,” Biden said in a Sunday morning interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,”

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COMMENTARY: VP Biden endorses same-sex marriage - kind of, like, yeah

Vice President Joe Biden has had the pleasure being the administration’s herald of good things to come in the Barack Obama presidency. In 2010, he foretold the end of the U.S. military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy on CNN’s Larry King Live. In 2011, he proclaimed the inevitability of same-sex marriage.

COMMENTARY: Wilson, Rove, Gingrich ... and Fletcher

(Editor’s note: The Chair's Corner is a blog by Jess Durfee, chair of the San Diego Democratic Party.)

I've written previously here about the danger posed by Carl DeMaio, a Republican candidate for Mayor whose call to make our San Diego "the Wisconsin of the West" only hints at his extreme right-wing agenda.

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COMMENTARY: Why Mitt Romney will not get my vote

Mitt Romney, the presumed Republican Party nominee for president, is the more “moderate” GOP candidate to survive a bruising primary season. That’s not a compliment, considering that most of his competition was to the far right of Genghis Khan.

Romney must not be allowed anywhere near the White House. He must be defeated in the November presidential election, and here are the prime reasons:

1. Judicial appointments

COMMENTARY: How Richard Grenell became Mitt Romney's gay fall guy

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, likes to play it safe. Romney avoids controversy, by any means necessary — even if he has to lie, flip-flop for, or somersault.

When the news hit on the evening of April 19 that Richard Grenell, an openly gay Republican, was appointed to be Romney's national security and foreign policy spokesman, anti-gay GOP criticism erupted.

The elephant that sits neither quietly nor invisibly in the GOP’s room is that the Republican Party is just as gay as the Democratic Party — just more closeted.

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COMMENTARY: The enemy within

San Diego’s large and diverse LGBT community is often its worst enemy.

Petty tyrants somehow get appointed to the board of directors of our nonprofit organizations, and they then quickly put self-interest and personal ambition ahead of the good of the community.

Self-proclaimed leaders with hidden personal agendas often try to persuade other board members to heed to their bidding, dividing the board of directors and rendering the organization largely ineffective.

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COMMENTARY: Obama and Romney can’t fence sit on marriage equality

While President Barack Obama's attitude concerning same-sex marriage is evolving, and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's attitude is an unequivocal denouncement, the American people seem to moving solidly toward an acceptance of marriage equality. Both Obama and Romney need to get with the program.

Simply put: In the last presidential election it would have been political suicide to support marriage equality. This November it may be a risk not to.

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