An eight year old who shyly challenged a Republican presidential candidateâ€™s stance on homosexuals said he was not forced to do so.
Elijah Cromer of Myrtle Beach and his mother, Lora Talbot, say the 8 year old was not forced or coached when he approached Rep. Michele Bachmann at a book signing in Myrtle Beach on Sunday, whispering to the congresswoman â€œMy mom is gay, but she doesnâ€™t need any fixing.â€
The parents of the boy promised that he wasn't coached to say this. Elijah grew up in an unconventional type home. A lesbian mother and a transgendered father. Although he realized he has more of an alternative family he knew his family wasn't broken. According to his mother, when Elijah saw Michele Bachmann on the bus from her book tour he wanted to say something to her.
So the mother agreed to take him the the book signing.
Quiet and shy Elijah kept his word by whispering "My mommy is gay but she doesn't need fixing" in the ear of conservative christian Rep. Michele Bachmann. Shocked, Michele smiled and told the boy to have a nice day.
"The struggle to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons is a global challenge, and one that is central to the United States' commitment to promoting human rights," Obama said in a statement.
Gay rights groups praised the order as a significant step for ensuring that gays and lesbians are treated equally around the world.
"Today's actions by President Obama make clear that the United States will not turn a blind eye when governments commit or allow abuses to the human rights of LGBT people," said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay advocacy organization.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney, who has never been as comfortable fighting the culture wars as most conservatives, has endorsed the repeal of the Pentagon's failed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" experiment.
This is rather a big deal. Cheney may not be a military man himself — he diligently collected five deferments while avoiding the draft during the Vietnam War, famously declaring that he had "other priorities — but he is a former Secretary of Defense who them took work as the top executive of one of the country's primary defense contractors. That makes him about as central a player in the military-industrial complex as you'll find.
So what does Cheney say about the push to scrap the rules that allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the military so long as they remained, for all intents and purposes, closeted?
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, a staunch Republican who only recently became a supporter of gay marriage, took center stage at the Proposition 8 trial in San Francisco on Tuesday, telling the court that his lesbian daughter "deserves the same opportunity to have a wedding in front of family, friends and co-workers."
â€‹ Lisa Sanders, the mayor's daughter, sat in the courtroom as her father repeatedly became emotional during his testimony, San Jose Mercury News reporter Howard Mintz wrote yesterday.
In a runoff election on Dec. 1, Simone Bell was elected to the Georgia State House.
The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund reported that she will be the first openly lesbian African-American state legislator in U.S. history.