1/06/2009

Here's What I Want...

An LGBT American flag in Philadelphia, Pennsyl...Image via WikipediaI want Democrats (or anyone else) in power who actively support equal right for LGBT Americans. I'm tired of having people foisted on me whose only positive attribute is that they won't actively work against us.

Case in point, Tim Kaine as DNC Chair. Someone pointed out to me earlier that while he opposed equal marriage rights he's said he doesn't support Constitutional Amendments to ban LGBT marriage.

See, that's my point. I want someone who doesn't have a "personal problem" with it and who'll actually go to bat to combat the misinformation and outright lies of the Conservative Christians. What's the use of having someone whose position is "do no harm?" Sure, it's better than someone who actively works against us, but not by much.

Tim Kaine seems to be one of those guys who wants to have it all ways. He opposes LGBT marriage on "religious" grounds including Civil Unions but opposes adding amendments to the Constitution concerning it. Likewise, he opposes overturning Roe V. Wade but supports restrictive parental notification laws and other provisions to make abortions more difficult or dangerous for women.

Then we have Barack Obama who talks a good game about support equal rights for us but also opposes equal marriage rights on "religious" grounds. Most of his LGBT platform consists of simply opposing more stringent laws instead of introducing new laws to level the playing field.

Once he was elected he tacked to the right and invited Rick Warren and pushed through the milk toast Tim Kaine as DNC Chair. I don't want to hear, "I will do no harm." Rather, I want someone to actually stand up for what's right for a change.

Here's what Obama had to say before the election about LGBT issues. Most simply consist of opposing GOP plans to make more restrictive laws. Let's look back in six months (June 20) and see if any of the other issues such as adoption rights and a Federal non-discrimination law have been mentioned:
  • Barack Obama supports ending employment discrimination against the LGBT community.
  • Barack Obama opposes "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and supports the rights of gay and lesbian soldiers to serve openly.
  • Barack Obama has said that he supports civil unions, but he is against gay marriage.
  • Barack Obama is against DOMA and supports the repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
  • Barack Obama supports a hate crimes bill that will protect the LGBT community from bias-motivated violence.
  • Barack Obama supports the Ryan White CARE Act and supports comprehensive sex education aimed at preventing disease.
  • Barack Obama supports adoption by LGBT people.
So, let's revisit these campaign promises to us periodically and see how man Obama actually actively pushes as part of his legislative agenda and how many are conveniently forgotten now that he's through with us.

In the meantime, I really want someone who will work for us instead of hedging their bets in terms to keep us happy while being obtuse enough that they can deny being "pro-gay" if necessary to insure support among Christians.


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