|Put Your Power Where Your Proclamation Is
||[Jun. 1st, 2009 . 08:45 pm]
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Happy LGBT Pride Month!
Does this mean that lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people are now officially as important as Blacks? (We even have a better, warmer, more celebration-friendly month, but that's just an accident of history.)
This is all very well and good, Mr. President. It would be awesome, though, if instead of just asking "the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists," you did that yourself, in a tangible way. For instance, instead of telling us you want to end "the existing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy in a way that strengthens our Armed Forces and our national security," you could go ahead and repeal that policy, and use your position of leadership to tell the American people that queers serving openly in the military does not in any way compromise our Armed Forces and national security.
Maybe, Mr. President, you could ask the Congress to take another look at the Defense of Marriage Act? I know this is a stretch, but maybe you could even consider that your own stance on gay marriage (civil unions okay, marriage not) is not exactly helping to allow LGBT families "to live their lives with dignity and respect."
Another question: Why has this "proclamation" been issued to the press (or at least some of it) but not published to Whitehouse.gov (as of this posting)? Other "statements and releases" from today have been posted. Are you trying to slip this one by someone?
ETA: It's HERE!
In other news, Dick Cheney may still be the devil incarnate, but at least he's setting an example for American parents of LGBT people by being a better dad. Er, maybe. (Still, so long as most people read NYT's "The Caucus" and not more obscure blogs that actually got the full story, maybe some conservative parents will rethink how they might be alienating their children?)
Hat tip to waansleyvark for the President's proclamation and blog articles on Dick Cheney's switcheroo/bullshit. ETA: And the proclamation at Whitehouse.gov.