Street Talk

Did the Sherrod flap alter your opinion of the Obama administration's commitment to minority rights?

Zachary Gray
canvasser | Washington Square West
"I never thought the administration was all that committed to minority rights. I'm very concerned about the limits it's placed on women's reproductive freedom. Somebody screwed up by firing Shirley Sherrod. But I'm reserving judgment as to the scope of the problem."
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Will Obama appeal the ruling overturning DOMA?

Theresa Jones
nurse | West Philadelphia
“No. I think Obama is a fair person. He has bigger fish to fry than to pick a fight with this ruling. There are so many bad things in the world: starvation, poor education, pedophiles. Why would he impose on individuals’ happiness?"
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Would a boycott of Hawaii help bring about civil unions?

Michael Anticoli
server | South Philadelphia
“No, it would be a waste of time. People wouldn’t pay attention, with everything else going on in the world. It wouldn’t get much publicity. Also, the oil spill limits our options for a vacation. Hawaii is still a viable option.”
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Should minority rights be subject to voter referendum?

Maurice Gooding

furniture installer | Southwest Philadelphia
“Yes. I do support voters’ rights, and government of the people. I just don’t like it when gay rights are trampled on. But that’s the way it is. The harder we push, the harder the right wing will push back. We have to learn to live with it.”
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Who is the biggest impediment to LGBT rights?

Rose Koslosky
student | Manayunk
“Sarah Palin. She’s a very visible woman who opposes same-sex marriage. I consider her to be a political puppet of the right wing. For the most part, she doesn’t know what she’s talking about. I just wish she’d open up to the LGBT people, because her policies are affecting them.”
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What's your ideal summer getaway?

Tonya Bridges
job coach | Mt. Airy
“Bermuda. I’m craving the beach, the clear blue ocean. Philly is getting on my nerves. I’ve been praying I’ll get to Bermuda before the [Gulf Coast] oil spill does. The news has been awful. It’s very upsetting.”
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Is Elena Kagan's sexual orientation of any interest to you?

Maureen Belluscio
graduate student | Society Hill
“No, because I have nothing to do with her sexuality. In the broader perspective, if she is a lesbian, I’d like to see her come out. She’d be a valuable role model for the younger generation. But I hate that we live in a world where being lesbian is seen as a negative.”
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When, if ever, is it appropriate to ban a book from a high-school library?

James Dawson
landscaper | Baltimore
“It takes a lot to offend me. So I’ll say it’s never appropriate. If the book has made it onto the library shelf, it must have some educational value. If a kid stumbles on something they find offensive — that’s life. Maybe they’ll learn something of value.”
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Is there any place in America where it's advantageous to be an LGBT candidate?

Jeffrey Cesari
creative director | Graduate Hospital area
“Right here in Center City. Absolutely. The LGBT community is very active and politically aware, with a strong support system. People can identity with an openly LGBT candidate. It’s that personal connection that many voters would feel.”
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