16 June 2009

Promises Unkept

News 1 has compiled all of the promises Barack Obama made to the LGBT community during last year's campaign. See if you can keep track of how many he's kept to date...

I stand by my statement that the President has bigger fish to fry right now...Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, the recession-depression, and Iran. To bitch and moan that LGBT issues aren't at the top of his agenda isn't realistic.

That said, for his Justice Department to file venomous, anti-gay briefs in a court case challenging DOMA is way too Clinton-esque. It feels as if we've been thrown under the bus yet again.

The New York Times editorializes today:
If the administration does feel compelled to defend the act, it should do so in a less hurtful way. It could have crafted its legal arguments in general terms, as a simple description of where it believes the law now stands. There was no need to resort to specious arguments and inflammatory language to impugn same-sex marriage as an institution.
I have been a bit more patient than most, but this strong and stinging endorsement of DOMA really raised my hackles.

Mr. President, you're treading on very thin ice here. If you need to keep our issues on the back burner while you deal with more pressing issues, fine. But damn it, don't work against us.