John Aravosis compiles a list and analysis of Obama’s supposed achievements on Gay rights issues. The analysis is somewhat bitchy, but nevertheless, it’s important to have an accurate gauge on how pro active the government is on extending rights to the LGBT community:
2. Extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees
a lie. And it’s one the administration keeps pushing, even though
we caught them in the lie, and the NYT
reported on our catching them. The benefits weren’t “extended.”
Gay federal employees were already getting these benefits for at least
the past 15 years, under Democratic and Republican administrations. I
got the head of OPM, John Berry, to admit this during a media conference
call. It’s unfortunate that the administration and its allies continue
to lie about this point.
3. Endorsed the Baldwin-Lieberman bill,
The Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2009, to
provide full partnership benefits to federal employees
Endorsed? With all due respect, WTF cares if the President “endorses”
some legislation that he’s never going to lift a finger to help pass?
This is part of the “all talk” nature of the President’s, and the
Democratic party’s, commitment to our civil rights. They believe that
talking about giving us rights is the same thing as actually giving us
those rights or at the very least, trying to give us those rights.
Signed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act
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