Slightly more sanguine about the benefits package the President has put together for same-sex partners of federal employees, I still see political posturing at play in the Democrat’s move and said as much in a piece I wrote for Pajamas. A bone it may be, but a bone with a little meat on it.
Here’s a taste:
With two prominent gay activists, one-time Friend of Bill (Clinton) David Mixner and blogger Andy Towle bowing out of a Democratic fundraising dinner to be headlined by Vice President Joe Biden later this month, the Obama Administrtion is feeling the heat from the President’s failure to follow through on campaign promises he made to the gay community.
Obama has backtracked on his pledge to repeal the Clinton-era Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell (DADT) policy barring gay people from serving openly in the military. The Administration has sidelined legislation to repeal the ban until 2010, with even openly gay Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) concurring with his party’s decision to defer consideration of the issue.
Not only have Democrats deferred on Obama’s campaign promises, but the Administration has actively sought to to uphold one law, the Defense of Maraige Act (DOMA), which, candidate Obama pledged to repeal. DOMA, signed by President Clinton in 1996, defines marriage for federal purposes as the union of one man one woman and allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Earlier this month, Justice Department lawyers filed a legal brief in a Santa Ana, CA federal court defending that law.
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