Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Obama to give Same-Sex Couples Benefits

YAY!!! This goes to show that if you protest, complain, and withhold campaign dollars, you will get somewhere! There is still a lot of room for improvement, but as I called for this morning (last night when I wrote the post), this is not a symbolic gesture. This will affect the lives of Americans. Thank you, President Obama, for Heeding our call.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Obama will sign a memorandum Wednesday granting health care and other benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees, two senior administration officials said.

The signing will take place in the Oval Office and follows sharp criticism of the president over a Justice Department motion filed last week in support of the Defense of Marriage Act -- which opposes same-sex marriage -- that used the government's interest in opposing incestuous marriages to support its position against same-sex marriage.

Gay and lesbian advocates have also faulted the Obama administration for not moving to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bars officials from asking about a service member's sexual orientation but also bars the service member from revealing it.


Jonathan Vernon said...

I think this is mainly to just try and calm down the huge uproar we are starting with him. Sure it is a step forward but at the same time he only did it after two top contributors pull their money out, constant protests and petitions, etc. He is still standing behind his DOJ, he is still doing nothing about DADT. I am seeing this more as a ploy like Britain's appeasement to Hitler after he annexed Austria. Give us something so we shut up and stop raising hell.