October 11th, 2009 13:38 EST
Obama Betrays Gays
"President Obama, struggling to keep promises he made during last year`s campaign, renewed his pledge to end the military`s ban on openly gay service members as he appeared at a fundraising dinner for the nation`s largest gay advocacy group on Saturday night.
I will end `don`t ask, don`t tell,` "Obama said at the Human Rights Campaign dinner. Recounting the ongoing effort to bring full civil rights to gays and lesbians, the president said: `I`m here with a simple message: I`m here with you in that fight.`" Read More
Obama is an eloquent speaker, and he often relies on his rhetorical skills to placate gays and lesbians demanding full equality.
As the Democratic presidential nominee, Obama declared "we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)," an abominable piece of legislation which says states are not required to recognize other state`s same-sex marriages.
Powerful words that helped rally the homosexuality community behind Obama, but the president`s justice department defended DOMA.
After several months in the White House Obama has done nothing to advance the cause of gay rights. All gays and lesbians are able to squeeze from the president are words and more words.
"I will end don`t ask, don`t tell" sounds emphatic and promising, but Obama failed to offer any specifics and he didn`t present a timetable for taking action.
When pressed by gay activists as to why he hasn`t taken action on gays in the military, Obama always responds that his generals are reviewing the issue. Obama seems to forget that he`s the commander-in-chief; he should order his generals to end discrimination against gays and lesbians.
If the military discriminated against African Americans and banned them from any positions of authority, Obama would not be content to let his generals review the issue. On his first day in power Obama would have ended the discrimination against blacks in the military.
We don`t need any more words from Obama, it`s time for action. It`s time to allow homosexuals to serve in the military openly and with pride. It`s time for the administration to get serious about getting rid of DOMA. It`s time for Obama to stop taking the gay community for granted.