Radical/Progressive Queer News and Commentary
from Memphis, Tennessee
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Barack Obama Fails to Lead on Gay Rights
Barack Obama has failed the test of a great leader on gay rights. He is backing away from his promises to gay voters that he would work to REPEAL the anti-gay Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. In fact, he is continuing the firing of gay soliders who are being kicked out of the military simply for being gay and being honest about it.
A West Point graduate and Arabic linguist, Choi is being discharged from the National Guard because of "homosexual conduct" has appealed directly to President Obama to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on gay soldiers.
The Obama administration is also trying to back peddle away from other campaign promises, including changing the Defense of Marriage Act to allow the federal recognition of same-sex marriages and civil unions, to provide federal benefits for LGBT couples.
Obama and other Democratic leaders continue to maintain the untenable position that they support "equal rights and benefits" for gay couples, but NOT civil marriage! By opposing same-sex marriage, Obama and other Democrats are providing support for the opponents of marriage equality! Sarah Palin and MS California can both correctly say they have the same position on marriage as Barack Obama!