The first hundred days are neigh! Liberal, yes; strong, yes; accomplished, time will tell; refreshing, yes! But, what about us? Given the historic scrutiny of the ‘first ONE HUNDRED’ – maybe laying low about LGBT issues- remains the call of political expediency – but quite frankly I, for one, am sick of laying low, when, everyday in the course of my work, I see the suffering of my brothers and sisters and their children.
Now we have a friendly President, one who has given his word to our community, we have a Democratic Congress and a majority in the Senate – it is time for all the LGBT organizations to issue a synchronized and well crafted statement to President Obama and Congress, asking that issues such as UAFA (Uniting American Families Act) be dealt with forthwith. ‘Carpe diem’ – seize the 100th day!
The President’s Agenda… Now is the time –
“Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples: President Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples legal rights and privileges equal to those of married couples. Obama also believes we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions. These rights and benefits include the right to assist a loved one in times of emergency, the right to equal health insurance and other employment benefits, and property rights.”