Obama: I’ll overturn ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ and DOMA… slowly… very, very, very slowly

Sen. Obama is such a great supporter of the community:

In an interview with Mark Segal of the Philadelphia Gay News, Barack Obama indicated that he would not proceed unilaterally in fulfilling his promise to do away with the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gays in the military.

Obama also said he would be reluctant to instruct his attorney general to go to court to try to overturn the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages and gives states the right not to recognize such unions.

Yeah, he’s definitely not my girl:

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3 responses to “Obama: I’ll overturn ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ and DOMA… slowly… very, very, very slowly

  1. Great news. I honestly think he’d have no problem getting rid of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, because the military really hate it, but scrapping the hideous Federal DOMA calls for a softly-softly approach.

  2. Yala

    No matter how much you tip-toe, you are going to get busted and this country is going to get even more divisive, if one can imagine.

    This is horrible news that so many Americans want to legitimize where they put their thingy than keeping it to themselves.

  3. I don’t think Obama is being that quiet about it, actually.

    The following is from The Whitehouse page on civil rights:

    Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples: President Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples legal rights and privileges equal to those of married couples. Obama also believes we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions. These rights and benefits include the right to assist a loved one in times of emergency, the right to equal health insurance and other employment benefits, and property rights.
    Oppose a Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage: President Obama voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2006 which would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman and prevented judicial extension of marriage-like rights to same-sex or other unmarried couples.

    He’s being pretty forthright about it, it’s on his agenda. The economy takes precedence over everything, though, for obvious reasons.

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