Thursday, June 18, 2009

Is Obama's Gay Honeymoon Over?

He said he'd work for equality for the LGBT community, repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, and the Defense of Marriage Act, so we let it slide that he favored civil unions over same-sex marriage.

We forgave him for Rick Warren at the inauguration. Fine, he was trying to be inclusive.

A comment about the recent legalization of same-sex marriages in Iowa, New Hampshire and Maine or the California court upholding Prop 8 never came. But, whatever no big whup.

However, recently a case challenging DADT came before the Supreme Court, and the White House urged the court not to hear it and let the lower courts ruling, upholding the discharge of a gay service member, stand. The statement also said it won't stop the military from dismissing gays and lesbians who admit their sexuality.

Last week, a legal brief from Obama's Department of Justice outlining the White House's position on DOMA, not only defended and supported the unconstitutional act it did so in a vile and insulting tone, ridiculously comparing same-sex marriage to incest and marrying children.

Despite Obama's executive order (which expires when he leaves office) granting same-sex partners of federal employees 'some' benefits, (health benefits not among them) many LGBT leaders, organizations and individuals feel its way too little and way too late. This is evident in the blogosphere and in the pocket book of the DNC as groups such as Stonewall Democrats pull out of an upcoming DNC fundraising event.

At this point, Obama needs to apologize and withdraw the legal brief on DOMA, and take BIG actions toward repeal of DOMA and DADT. More talk and token gestures are not going to cut it.

A recent White House statement said, 'The president remains fully committed to advancing LGBT rights." Really? Cause it doesn't seem that way.

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