Obama Finally Moves On A GLBT Issue

(Yay for history!  Boo for unnecessary and costly holidays! ;-)

Relatedly, don't miss Alex Beam's amusing column, which inter alia urges the resurrection of "Massacre Day, which was celebrated in Boston from 1771 through 1783."  Also this particularly excellent nugget:

Another erstwhile holiday unlikely to be brought back: Nov. 5, or "Pope Night," an orgy of anti-Catholic revelry. "Suppressed during the Revolution so as not to insult the French," [historian John] Bell notes in an e-mail. "Unlikely to get much of a foothold in Boston today."
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A sign of things to come?

Only time will tell, for coming soon to a homosexual federal employee families near you: health care benefits! UPDATE by David: sadly, health care benefits are apparently not in the package.  

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  1. ya,

    good correction, David. This was worse than doing nothing. Worse yet, the Hate Crimes bill - which was supposedly going to pass next week, has been pushed back to August -- maybe. Wait, as far as I'm concerned, means never.

    I have to quote activist/columnist Wayne Besen at length:

    The President is in serious danger of motivating a huge mass of gay people to stream into Washington for the simple joy of standing in front of the White House and giving him a piece of their minds. This frustration may lead to an embarrassing situation for the President, where former supporters mount the largest anti-Obama pep rally not fronted by Sarah Palin.

    Today, an array of GLBT leaders expressed their dismay with the President by pulling out of a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. The action is in protest of a noxious legal brief submitted by the Department of Justice. It implausibly defended the heinous Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) by using anti-gay arguments that likely drew a standing ovation from Rev. Pat Robertson.

    DOJ's paper included a comparison of gay relationships to incest and opposed same-sex relationships on the absurd basis that it would cost taxpayers money (Don't gay people pay taxes?). HRC also sent a pointed letter to Obama highlighting the betrayal felt by the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

    "I cannot overstate the pain that we feel as human beings and as families when we read an argument, presented in federal court, implying that our own marriages have no more constitutional standing than incestuous ones," wrote HRC's President, Joe Solmonese.

    The deteriorating situation is exacerbated by confusion about who will push for equality. The Obama administration claims to be awaiting congressional action on a number of issues, including ending employment discrimination, eliminating DOMA and repealing Don't Ask/Don't Tell. Meanwhile, Senate majority leader Harry Reid is waiting for Obama to act, as well as the House of Representatives. The GLBT community has become a hot potato that the Democrats do not seem to want to touch.

    Aggravating matters was John Berry, the highest-ranking gay official in the administration. In an interview with The Advocate, he said that Obama's timetable to enact his pro-gay campaign promises is "before the sun sets on this administration."  So, now we have to wait 4-8 years, while watching him suck up to Rick Warren on Day 1?

    For what seemed like forever, Democrats told us that when the big bad Republicans went away, our lives would improve. Well, the Republican nightmare is over, so why do I still feel like I'm in the middle of a political Friday the 13th movie?  

    He hasn't posted this on his site yet, as far as I can tell, just in an email he sent me... so I'll just leave a link to his site. The full thing will be there shortly, I'm sure. Very worth the read. http://www.waynebesen.com/inde...

  2. Obama won

    He doesn't need to cater to your particular splinter of the democratic party platform right now. You folks are mistaking his silence last year as wholehearted approval. Just because he didn't express being against, didn't mean his wholehearted endorsement. No bash intended. That's politics. Happy day off Suffolk County!

  3. That's pretty dissapointing

    The original noise around this was far more promising.

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