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OK, I call bullshit

Obama administration calls for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Bullshit. Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit. This is a smoke screen to get everyone's mind off of health care. Actions speak louder than words, and the actions say that DOMA is a convenient little crutch to keep the conservatives in line. I'm getting a little tired of these changes of pace by this administration, an administration that only uses the gays when they need liberal votes.

Sorry, you burned everyone that believes in gay rights too many times. I want a legitimate repeal without strings, until then, you're full of shit.

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vyctori
Aug. 18th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
Amazing how fast the president can do a 180 when he loses financial support, isn't it?

Also:

And, in an unusual turn, Obama issued a statement Monday affirming that he would continue to seek repeal of the law....

... "Continue"? Seriously?

Edited at 2009-08-18 01:25 pm (UTC)
superbus
Aug. 18th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
You know what this shows me? This shows me just what the Obama administration thinks of the gay community.

They know that gays are overwhelmingly liberal - they kinda fucking *have* to be, as this country's "conservatives" are mostly religious zealots - and that they're a key voting bloc. So they feed the gay community a lot of lip service; ie, overthrowing DOMA, showing up and speaking at events, etc.

But both President Obama and Vice President Biden are on record as saying they don't believe in gay marriage; they support civil unions. And we've been over the Obama's defence of DOMA on financial grounds, which is the coldest, most heartless defence they can give. There's other actions that I'm just simply forgetting at this point, but the thing is, if they'd have went on the offensive against DOMA during the campaign, it would have cost them a heavy portion of the moderate vote. If they would have gone of the offensive against DOMA and for gay rights earlier, it would have been a political firestorm. When it's time to turn words to actions, the Obama administration - as they always do - prefer to play it safe.

Now, they're having a major issue with health care. The right is mobilized at the grassroots, and unlike with the left, the right is completely uncivil. They will ruin anything they feel they have to to get what they want (mind you, this is coming from someone that's not really in favour of single-pay) Obama's losing points on health care because Americans have been fooled into thinking their system actually works for anything other than increasing debt and putting money into insurance companies coffers. We need a distraction... OK! Let's make everyone talk about gay marriage!

It's disingenuous, and the GLBT community is too used to being used to fall for it, I think.
vyctori
Aug. 20th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
I actually have very little to add, here--I think you're exactly right. I particularly hope you're right that the LGBT community's too used to this bullshit to fall for it again. The crew at the American LGBT blogs I hang around definitely are pissed enough at Obama to know better than to start donating, but I'm well aware that enough people get the "If you don't fully support the Democrats, the Republicans will win and make your lives a living hell!" thing thrown at them enough that they're too scared to call Obama and the Dems on their backstabbing ways.
samuraiter
Aug. 19th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
In this case, I feel the urge to concern myself with the ends, rather than the means. D.O.M.A. has long been a pain in the ass, as well as a blot on the Clinton legacy; no matter how it goes, I would feel no sorrow at its departure. (And, yes, I am willing to forgive President Obama almost anything, but I have stated that previously.)
butter_building
Aug. 19th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
I love when politians play on the desperation of minorities.

It's hard to not get pissed about being baited so overtly.
butter_building
Aug. 19th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
*Politicians, excuse me.
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