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Wow.  

Remember how excited we were when the Democratic ticket swept to victory in Virginia last fall, winning all three races?  Over 400,000 Democratic base voters turned out in 2013 versus 2009, to stop the tea party backed GOP candidates, who were anti-women's healthcare, anti-choice, anti civil rights, anti-LGBT rights and anti-gay marriage, and it worked.  The Tea Party candidates all lost for their views on all of these issues.    

About a month ago, a federal judge struck down Virginia's constitutional amendment limiting marriage to a man and a woman.  Whoever would have thought that just ten short years ago, we would be sitting where we are today.

But like in other situations, all good things must com to an end.

Governor Terry McAuliffe has nominated the Reverend Dwight Jones of Richmond to be the governor's to become chairman of The Democratic Party Of Virginia.  Jones, who is also the elected mayor of Richmond, is anti-gay marriage.  Apparently this has kicked up a hornets nest, as so many in the LGBT community, as well as many other progressives,  in Virginia and nationwide contributed money, made phone calls, and knocked on doors to get him elected.

The choice of Jones is appalling - how could a chair of a statewide democratic organization not be pro-gay equality.  And why would a governor nominate someone who is anti-gay marriage, the civil rights issue of our time, and at a point of time in history in Virginia where the LGBT community is on the verge of winning the fight for their civil rights.  

How is mayor and a minister going to find the time to run a state Democratic Party in one of the most important swing states in the country, with critical elections this fall, and again in 2016?

But the fact that a minister who fought for civil rights for AA's could deny members of the LCBT community their civil rights, then be rewarded with a plum appointment like this is truly troubling.  I guess the polls are right - there is still a huge wall within the church going African American community that still is uncomfortable with the LGBT community and they are okay with robbing their fellow Americans of their civil rights.

Jones even issued a statement back in 2012 when President Obama voiced his support for marriage equality:

In addition to being the mayor of Richmond, Jones is the senior pastor at First Baptist Church of South Richmond. When President Barack Obama declared his support for same-sex unions in 2012, Mayor Jones issued the following statement:

“This is one issue that President Obama and I disagree on. Despite this disagreement however, I applaud the efforts and work of President Obama and his administration and I will do whatever I can to ensure he is re-elected.”  
If you live in Virginia, and would like to sign a petition against Jones, click here:

http://wtvr.com/...

More interesting articles on the same subject below.

http://www.blueridgemuse.com/...

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http://www.timesdispatch.com/...

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  •  Tip Jar (27+ / 0-)

    "The quote on the Statue of Liberty doesn't say 'give me your english-speaking only, Christian-believing, heterosexual masses'

    by unapologeticliberal777 on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 04:39:13 PM PST

  •  Horrible (6+ / 0-)

    I hope you're able to run this asshole out of that position and your Gov smartens up.

  •  Once a bad guy (7+ / 0-)

    Always a bad guy. He was lousy when he was head of the DNC and he corrupt. Just wanted the job for the power and influence. He could care less about little 'd' issues.

    You best believe it does

    by HangsLeft on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 05:19:25 PM PST

  •  Oh for God's sake, a little perspective (12+ / 0-)

    No, this is not a "fuck you" to the LGBT community. While I don't agree with Jones' views, the fact is he has been a good mayor, a very strong GOTV player in the Democratic Party, and will be there for Mark Warner in the fall.

    Are we to be purity police like the Tea Party? If someone doesn't fall lockstep in line with every progressive view, then he can't have an important position?

    Okay, then, let's have a petition against Warner and Kaine as well, because God knows they don't follow all progressive policies, and they haven't lifted a finger to help in the fight for equality. At least half the Democrats in the Virginia state legislature aren't for gay marriage either, let's have a petition against them too.

    Please have some perspective.  Jones can be a good party chairman without agreeing on this issue.  In fact, I think it speaks to just how far we've come and the confidence that the judge's ruling will be upheld - gay marriage is coming to Virginia, with or without the particular support of the Democratic party's chairman in the state.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 05:19:42 PM PST

    •  Agreed. You cannot use a checklist and then (3+ / 0-)
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      Tuffie, absdoggy, Lujane

      torch someone when they disagree with you on principle over an issue. I think we sometimes forget that California passed a gay marriage ban 2008 with very high AA and Latino turnout.

      Spend some off of DKos and talk to real people.

      New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

      by AlexDrew on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 05:26:46 PM PST

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    •  Reel them back in.. nt (0+ / 0-)

      'Slower Traffic - Keep Right!'

      by luvbrothel on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 05:28:00 PM PST

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    •  I'm curious, (9+ / 0-)

      ...would you say the same thing if the appointee took a stand to deny another minority a civil right?  For some reason people seem to have a lot more stomach for anti-gay positions and the people that hold them that ANY other form of discrimination and bigotry.  Gay peoples' basic civil rights are brushed off as some kind of minor fringe issue at best and a distraction at worst.  So NO, I don't think issues of basic human/civil rights should be negotiable; not for women, not for African-Americans, not for Latino(a) Americans, not for LGBT Americans, not for ANY Americans.

      •  I wouldn't be surprised... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...if those who're telling us to accept homophobia within the Democratic party actually don't think of equality for LGBT people as even being an issue of civil rights. They still think of us wanting equality as us wanting "special rights".

    •  Marriage equality... (4+ / 0-)

      ...is in the Democratic party platform. It's not just about being progressive, it's about being a Democrat, period. Equality might seem like an issue of "purity" to someone who's already able to avail themselves of all the laws of the country, but those of us who are bared access to those laws, it surprising kind of bothers us to be considered second-class to those who're supposedly our advocates. And on the issue of marriage equality, that's supposed to now extend to the entirety of the Democratic party.

      I love being told that I'm expected to accept homophobic Democrats.

      •  Truly, I would agree with you 100% if (0+ / 0-)

        gay marriage weren't a done deal in Virginia. Sometimes people need to take yes for an answer.

        •  It's a done deal? (3+ / 0-)
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          I guess that means I can run out and get married right now, eh? Oh, wait, I can't. Not yet. And LGBT equality extends beyond marriage; if this guy thinks I shouldn't being treated equally by the government on one issue, what other ways does he think that the government should discriminate against me?

          •  Well, that's a very good question. (0+ / 0-)

            If he supported other discriminatory policies, it would be doubtful that I would support him. I haven't heard anything to suggest that he does. That would not be uncommon for an older person steeped in the black church, as far as my limited understanding of such things goes.

      •  Again, no perspective (0+ / 0-)

        So now, because the man is personally opposed to gay marriage, he's a homophobe.  Nice, very nice. Let's go around and slur everyone that doesn't agree with us on every issue.  

        As I said before, let's take everyone who doesn't completely agree with every stance the party takes and throw them out.  There goes Warner, Kaine, McAuliffe, Northam, Herring, at least 90% of the Democrats in the state legislature.  All gone.

        Hey!  FDR and JFK were against gay marriage, I guess they were useless homophobes too. Fucking shitbag Robert Byrd, Bob Casey,  Bill Clinton signed DOMA - let's be sure to work against Hillary for President, because she'd kowtow just like he did.

        Yes, we'd be so much better off and so much further along if we just got rid of all these homophobes in the Democratic party. NOT.

        Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

        by absdoggy on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 08:01:17 PM PST

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    •  Eh? Excuse me but (3+ / 0-)
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      I agree that the Democratic party here should NOT be using a "purity troll" checklist, HOWEVER

      There are just some issues that every Democrat MUST stand behind.

      If we can not all even stand behind something as basic as human rights and dignity for EVERYBODY, then we are no better than the tea party repukes!

      For example
      if he was anti-green, I would disagree but live with it
      if he was anti-union, I would disagree but live with it

      But when it comes to basic human rights and dignity there is NO BACKING DOWN!

      EVER!

      Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

      by Mannie on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 08:08:26 PM PST

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  •  There is no petition at (2+ / 0-)
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    the link you supply. It is a story about a letter sent, but there is no petition, or link to one on that page.

    Only thing more infuriating than an ignorant man is one who tries to make others ignorant for his own gain. Crashing Vor

    by emmasnacker on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 06:44:32 PM PST

  •  Do Democrats stand together on other issues? (0+ / 0-)

    I see a lot of comments in the form of:

    "he can be a good party chairman even if he does not agree with everything we believe" and

    "he cannot be a good party chairman if he does not support this belief"

    plus the corresponding sentiments about McAuliffe. I'm wondering how many of the people holding the first view would continue to hold it if the person nominated had been against one of their personal beliefs? Marijuana legalization, assisted suicide, gun ownership, or even more abstract things like banking regulations, environmental stewardship, etc.

    No one is ever going to be all things to all people. It is possible that a person can be good for "the cause" in general but not your belief in particular. For instance, five years into his presidency I may have some disappointment about Obama, but I would not in a million years trade him for the alternative. Do I think he's given me a personal slap in the face and my beliefs a big f/u?

    No, but I think we can do better and I will work towards that goal. Give the new guy a chance, criticize him when he deserves it, and if he strings out enough rope to hang himself with, work to get him replaced. And I say this as someone who does not agree with Rev. Jones' beliefs.

  •  And this should be a surprise to... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...no one.

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