Question of the Day
With the Obama administration about to offer today full benefits to same sex couples involving one or more federal employees, some on the left, including the LGBT community, are viewing this as nothing more than a sop or a bone thrown to gay rights advocates who are infuriated over the administration's reluctance to overturn DADT and its DOJ's despicable brief defending DOMA. I tend to agree.
We're not seeing anything new than what we were promised by the Obama campaign. Both the President and Vice President Biden had said in no uncertain terms that they're opposed to gay marriage and we had no reason to think they'd be any more liberal regarding other gay rights issues. Unfortunately, they're coming as advertised.
However, it's a foregone conclusion that the President never has considered gay rights a front burner issue even thought the gay rights movement went national 40 years ago with the Stonewall Inn riots of July of 1969. Gay rights advocates have waited long enough to get what little they have from the establishment.
My question: Is gay rights important enough for you to be a deal-breaker in the next general election or would you be willing, as we just had last year, to settle for scraps thrown to the LGBT community in exchange for an otherwise progressive agenda?