If Not Now…?

Jim Burroway

June 15th, 2009

As I said earlier, the age old question — If not now, when? — is no longer a rallying cry but a taunt to the Obama administration on it’s poor handling of LGBT issues. The New York Times joins the taunting with an editorial about the Obama administration’s bungling over its insulting DOMA brief:

The best approach of all would have been to make clear, even as it defends the law in court, that it is fighting for gay rights. It should work to repeal “don\’t ask, don\’t tell,” the law that bans gay men and lesbians in the military from being open about their sexuality. It should push hard for a federal law banning employment discrimination. It should also work to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act in Congress.

The administration has had its hands full with the financial crisis, health care, Guantánamo Bay and other pressing matters. In times like these, issues like repealing the marriage act can seem like a distraction — or a political liability. But busy calendars and political expediency are no excuse for making one group of Americans wait any longer for equal rights.


June 16th, 2009

I don’t buy the “not enough time” or “too busy with ___” argument either. The DOJ had time to compose the brief attacking us; that exact amount of time could have been spent writing a supportive brief, or the executive orders required to do away with DADT and DOMA. Someone once said that a person’s real priorities can be determined by looking at their calendars. It’s more and more obvious where our “fierce defender’s” priorities lie with respect to the LGBT community.

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