Obama Pressured to Offer Same-Sex Health Benefits

Gabriel Arana

March 13th, 2009

The New York Times is reporting today that Obama faces pressure to extend health benefits to same-sex partners after two federal appeals court judges in California ruled that court employees are entitled to them. The Office of Personnel Management has instructed federal insurers to ignore the ruling, citing the Defense of Marriage Act signed by President Clinton in 1996. This is the first substantive test of Obama’s commitment to LGBT issues.

Some gay rights advocates have been critical of Obama, and rightfully so: his selection of Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration and his confessed belief that marriage “is between a man and a woman” raise the question of whether the president is willing to fight for gay rights or whether, like Clinton before him, he will bow to pressure and sell the LGBT community short.


March 13th, 2009

I’m guessing its going to be the latter. There will be lots of excused about more pressing issues and how we’re moving too fast or pushing for too much. Sadly many GLBT people will still consider Democrats their party.

Ben in Oakland

March 13th, 2009

Pomo, I’ve often said that the only party worse for the country than the democrats are the republicans .

But thedemocrats are a hell of a lot better on our issues.


March 13th, 2009

The Democrats are better on our issues, but it’s still not good enough. Until full rights for LGBT citizens (including the word “marriage”) are included in the Dems’ platform, not one of them will get another vote of mine. Including Obama.


March 13th, 2009

I voted for Obama, I didn’t marry him. He doesn’t have my unconditional love and support. However when your choices are between a conservative fossil and a barefoot and pregnant bimbo and the Democrats you’re far better off voting for whoever the Democrats field at the time. Obama will probably punt the issue of gay marriage to the courts. As I see it: DOMA ruled unconstitutional as it clearly violates the equal protection clause. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth and laments of “activist judges”. But screw em. So long as its not an election year there won’t be a candidate to play the “gay bogeyman” card. The sky won’t fall, people won’t marry their pets, and children won’t ‘choose’ to be gay and it will pass.

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