Obama Mentioned Gays Once in His State of the Union Address
Said he about our troops:
"Starting this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of who they love. And with that change, I call on all our college campuses to open their doors to our military recruiters and ROTC. It is time to leave behind the divisive battles of the past. It is time to move forward as one nation."
So did he gets cheers and roses from the LGBT community?
As gay watchdog Rex Wockner notes, HRC's Joe Solmonese said that pronouncement was "welcome news" and "the culmination of a promise."
But he added that Obama must also commit to "ending the unfair taxation of partner health benefits, prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and ensuring that all married couples have access to the same federal benefits and protections for their families."
Similarly, GetEQUAL Director Robin McGehee moaned that Obama "missed an opportunity to lay out an agenda and strategy that continues progress made toward LGBT equality--removing the burden of being second-class citizens and acknowledging our families.
"Sadly, while national hero Daniel Hernandez sat with the First Lady to witness this historic speech, he did not have the luxury of sitting there as an equal--for that, our elected officials should be ashamed."
Furthermore, the National Center for Transgender Equality pointed out that the pending repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' "still does not allow transgender people to serve openly or to join the military."
Oh, well. Shouldn't we just shut up and applaud the crumbs we've been given?
Hell, no! Let Obama know the state of our union.
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