Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Fierce Urgency of "Gay Uproar"

Is your uproar gay or straight? Or do you maintain a don't-ask-don't-tell stance toward your uproar? All or part of my uproar is gay, judging from the title of this news item, "President Obama fails to quell gay uproar" -- as indeed he does with his chickenshit half-measures:

President Barack Obama's announcement Wednesday offering limited benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees failed to quell growing anger in the gay community that gay rights issues were getting short shrift at the White House.
I cherish all my uproar whether it turns out to be gay or straight, but putting aside the confusions and snark value that attend identity politics, the president needs stop patting himself on the back for his chickenshit half-measures and live up to the terms of his own White House's page on civil rights:
President Obama ... believes that our anti-discrimination employment laws should be expanded to include sexual orientation and gender identity. He supports full civil unions and federal rights for LGBT couples and opposes a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. He supports repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in a sensible way that strengthens our armed forces and our national security, and also believes that we must ensure adoption rights for all couples and individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation.
That now in "the fierce urgency of now" is now. Now. Not after the Sarah Palins of the world have been convinced; not after a majority of Confederate-Bloc Senators have agreed to it; not after state-by-state plebiscites have imposed it. Now. Today.

No president can do it all, but a president can do a lot, and a president who actually believes as this one claims to believe can do a lot more. Now is the time.

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