I’m not really a political person, but all the activity around my basic rights lately has nudged me to be more concerned about what’s going on in the White House, especially after the last President’s term (yes I’m talking about Bush).
Imagine my surprise when all the while my hope was floating along with the rest of the LGBT community, President Barack Obama dropped the ball on us and his promises to make change for us all.
He had me built up to believe that he was going to come in and take swift action against injustice and it looked like that was the case at first. He did sign the U.N. resolution to decriminalize homosexuality; but he backtracked on repealing the ban on gays in the military in his own country, and has yet to make mention of when he will repeal the federal ban on same-sex marriage. He only made a brief statement in regards to The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, and his administration has also since downsized the list of commitments to the LGBT community on the White House’s official website to just these two sentences.
President Obama also continues to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and believes that our anti-discrimination employment laws should be expanded to include sexual orientation and gender identity. He supports full civil unions and federal rights for LGBT couples and opposes a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
You want to know what MY official quote on this situation is???
“What a let down.” – Julie Phineas on President Obama’s Pulling Back on His Support of Equal Rights for the LGBT Community
UPDATE: The White House has officially updated their site to include more support of the LGBT community… two whole sentences.
He supports full civil unions and federal rights for LGBT couples and opposes a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. He supports repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in a sensible way that strengthens our armed forces and our national security, and also believes that we must ensure adoption rights for all couples and individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation.
I have faith there is a higher purpose to all of this and am anxiously awaiting a surprise move by the Obama Administration which would grant full equality to all Americans. You can bet you’ll find that posted here if that is ever the case. I still have a glimmer of hope – he can still make a save…