I haven’t really given my opinion yet on the recent actions of the Obama administration because I wanted to wait and see if anything positive would happen. Well, I am done waiting. If Obama was sympathetic or even just understanding of our cause, he would have already issued a statement apologizing for the crude remarks written by his Dept. of Justice in a brief defending the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
HRC President Joe Solmonese said it best in the letter he wrote Obama following this whole ordeal. “Knowing us for who we are—people and families whose needs and contributions are no different from anyone else’s—destroys the arguments set forth in the government’s brief in Smelt.”
Gay and lesbian families pay the same federal taxes as everyone, but they can’t enjoy Social Security benefits or even file joint-taxes together. This includes the couples who are legally married in their home state because DOMA prohibits ANY federal recognition. Do you think this is fair?
Obama seems to think that DOMA is a “cautious policy of federal neutrality towards a new form of marriage,” even though he consistently promised during his campaign that he was completely against DOMA and wanted it repealed. He even goes as far as to compare my potential marriage to INCEST.
He has been silent throughout his presidency so far on gay rights. He has shown minimal support for crucial and overdue laws such as the Mathew Shepherd Hate Crimes Act and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. He has been completely SILENT on the recent and numerous marriage equality victories. He has also been very quiet about the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that prohibits gay and lesbian Americans from serving openly in the military.
I was hopeful that Obama would really help the LGBT community. He always talks about hope and change and equality, but his actions speak louder than his words. I no longer consider him an ally. He is just another man looking to get ahead.
I expected more from him.