Obama's Plan for Gay Rights? There Isn't One.

Wow. Just wow. I knew that Obama wasn’t going to do the right thing every step of the way, but this development is downright crushing. Thanks to Chris Stout for bringing this to my attention.

From America Blog:

Obama didn’t just argue a technicality about the case, he argued that DOMA is reasonable. That DOMA is constitutional. That DOMA wasn’t motivated by any anti-gay animus. He argued why our Supreme Court victories in Roemer and Lawrence shouldn’t be interpreted to give us rights in any other area (which hurts us in countless other cases and battles). He argued that DOMA doesn’t discriminate against us because it also discriminates about straight unmarried couples (ignoring the fact that they can get married and we can’t).

He actually argued that the courts shouldn’t consider Loving v. Virginia, the miscegenation case in which the Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to ban interracial marriages, when looking at gay civil rights cases. He told the court, in essence, that blacks deserve more civil rights than gays, that our civil rights are not on the same level.

And before Obama claims he didn’t have a choice, he had a choice. Bush, Reagan and Clinton all filed briefs in court opposing current federal law as being unconstitutional (we’ll be posting more about that later). Obama could have done the same.

Obama was elected because we believed him when he said that it is time to band together as brothers and sisters and fight a shared struggle. HE PROMISED TO REPEAL DOMA AND IS NOW ARGUING IN ITS FAVOR? I don’t care what the technicalities of the law are–what has happened to him? Does he really believe in what he is doing?

You can do something – Sign the Dallas Principles, go on the Change.org Gay Rights page, or petition through Equality California.

UPDATE: Thanks to Stephen Ursprung’s link on my Facebook wall, I have learned that the DNC Treasurer Andrew Tobias has defended the brief as likely below the level of Obama’s awareness and not in line with his views. Let’s hope the White House takes action before Joe Biden’s June 25 LGBT fundraiser, which has already seen many prominent figures back out of…



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