OBAMA TO THE GAY COMMUNITY: "WELCOME TO YOUR WHITE HOUSE!"
July 1, 2009
Countering criticism that he's done little on
This is what happens when Obama's voting block protests about how he has not lived up to his end of the bargain. He won't listen to any criticism from those of us who still want America to succeed, but plenty of time to pander to his voters!
The President was quick to point out: "You have
our support," meaning this core Democratic constituency will see a
number of benefits for their cause as the days go by. He and
first lady Michelle Obama hosted a cocktail-and-appetizer reception
in the East Room for
As activists work to change minds and change laws, Obama said: "I will not only be your friend, I will continue to be an ally and a champion and a president who fights with you and for you."
Since Obama took office in January, some
activists have complained that Obama has not followed through on his
campaign promises on issues they hold dear and has not championed
their causes from the White House, including ending the ban on
He told the crowd "I know many in this room don't believe that progress has come fast enough. And I understand that." He went on to say that he expects and hopes to be judged not by words, not by promises I've made, but by promises that his administration keeps.
It was interesting to note that Mr. Obama said that he thought the gay community "will have pretty good feelings about the Obama administration." The crowd erupted in cheers.
He noted that he has issued a presidential
memorandum expanding some federal
Obama also reminded the audience that he has
He said that does not mean he doesn't back a
repeal of the law. Obama also said the administration is working to
pass an employee nondiscrimination bill and a hate crimes bill that
includes protections for gays and
Obama reiterated his support for repealing the
"don't ask, don't tell" policy that allows gays and
In the long run, the gay community can expect progressive changes in many social policies and the President and Congress will, no doubt, move before the end of next year to repeal DOMA. This will set the stage for court challenges in those states which do not recognize same-sex marriages.
We believe that the Constitution of the United States speaks for itself. There is no need to rewrite, change or reinterpret it to suit the fancies of special interest groups or protected classes.