I just received an email addressed probably to all of President Obama’s supporters asking for support on health care. I am not lending my suupport to anything until I get the promised repeal of DOMA. As selfish as it sounds, I am sick of our community being taken for granted. Use us and then abuse us? Look at Clinton signing DOMA. Now what have we done played ourselves for fools again? I would not be his angry but for the recent Department of Justice Brief – see below. If you have homophobic legislation then expect homphobic behavior by the government; if you have dsicriminatory legislation then expect discrimination.
Since Julian Bond’s testimony at the UAFA hearings this month, I thought we would have some recognition beyond fruitless proclamations and shallow promises. Mr. Bond of the NAACP decalred in his historic statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee that gay rights are civil rights. Wake up Mr. President please… now you have to quicker expecially that your adninistration is perpetuating the perverse behavior that results from inequitous laws.
President Obama where are you? This is very serious to the millions of us who voted for you. Now we feel forgotten AND mistreated by your administration. You really need to do something. .
Marty Rouse, the Human Rights Campaign’s National Field Director, pulled his attendance from next week’s DNC $1,000 a person gay fundraiser, is the fundraiser effectively dead? The White House’s homophobic DOMA brief equated gay marriage to incest.
Per GayPolitics.com – Blog:
Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin released the following statement today regarding the Justice Department’s filing in a DOMA case that brought condemnation from LGBT advocates:
“Last week the Department of Justice filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of DOMA. I was profoundly disappointed by this action, particularly coming from this administration. I still take President Obama at his word that he is committed to the repeal of DOMA. I also recognize that he cannot do it alone. Congress has the responsibility on its shoulders to pass legislation that would give the opportunity to the President to keep his word and ensure that all married people, including those in same-sex marriages, enjoy the same rights under federal law.”
Congressman Jared Polis today said he is outraged by language in a Justice Department filing in a case involving the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. The brief infuriated gay rights groups when it came to light late last week. In a statement released this afternoon, the openly gay freshman characterized the filing as a serious error:
“I was shocked and disappointed to learn that President Obama chose to defend DOMA in federal court, especially given his campaign promise to call for a full repeal of DOMA. My sadness turned to outrage when I read the Justice Department’s brief that not only defended this hurtful law but seemed to embrace it. Comparing my loving relationship with my partner, Marlon, to incest was unconscionable coming from a president who has called for change…. Read further at
Since this filing, I have called on the President to issue a statement or give any sign that would clarify his position and am disappointed in his lack of reply.”
I have been irked, angry and massively sad about this for days. I have worn the uniform of my country they asked me to leave. I have spent a year of National Service to my country only to have the food stamp office tell me I did not qualify because I was on my ex-partners insurance, but in the same breath could not marry her so she could get out of immigration limbo. DOMA is stupid it builds more contradiction into already complicated lives. I just want to tell Obama to shit or get off the pot.
Thanks for this great comment. It seems that the irking is building…… there are many comments on face book pages about these feelings. I believe that we have been quiet too long… many organizations have wanted to remain under the radar in their attempts to get things accomplished. I do not believe a fight was ever won quietly. To think that we can go another ten years for a slow step by step progress report, is to deny that we have civil rights. We need to be noisy – very noisy. mel.
Exactly…I refuse to be an assimilate and I refuse to get my rights slowly…Because even after one gets their rights it does not mean one automatically gets respect or is no longer a target. By choosing the legal precedences that the administration did to argue one they made our group only a bigger target. Instead of a flat out attack a la Bush…They went around the back way. It is stupid then he tries to get all mea culpa but giving DP benefits to Federal Employees,come on!