George V. Reilly

Obama's Gay Rights Shitstorm

Dozens of gay rights protesters demonstrate outside the Beverly Hills hotel in Los Angeles in May.

Candidate Obama talked a great line in gay rights, selling himself as a “fierce advocate”. He’d get rid of the Defense of Marriage Act, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and more.

President Obama has been a big dis­ap­point­ment on gay rights. He hasn’t done anything about DADT, he hasn’t spoken out about gay marriage, he hasn’t made any gay ap­point­ments. John Aravosis has a good roundup at Salon.

But now a shitstorm has blown up. On Friday, the Department of Justice filed a brief in defense of DOMA. First of all, the DoJ is not actually required to defend all laws. More im­por­tant­ly, the brief was gra­tu­itous­ly offensive, invoking incest and pedophilia.

People are outraged. A major fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee cel­e­brat­ing the 40th an­niver­sary of Stonewall is falling apart as the attendees are declining to attend.

I don’t know what’s going on in the White House, but I don’t like it.

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