I know many GLBT people have been a bit disappointed at the slowness of change in the USA however the Obama’s have stuck their neck out and supported the GLBT community. Maybe it is politically expedient for them to do it now but they nevertheless have expressed their support in a nice and effective and seemingly genuine manner. Particularly the angle they portrayed it as heterosexual couple with young children all supporting tolerance of difference because it is the right thing to do . What wonderful values to instill in their children not that the Conservatives are able to see it that way.
When an attempt to pass ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) in 2009 failed – with Presidential support AND Democratic control of Congress it became clear that there was still general resistance to enacting federal laws to protect LGBT citizens.
The White House has had no choice but to play a “long game” instead – From the executive order on gay couple’s rights in visiting in hospital to the Department of Justice amicus brief in the Golinksi case to the repeal of DADT the White House has been steadily chipping away at the monolith of bigotry.
It may have taken years, it may not be the change people were hoping for – but the steady drip of legal changes was enough to chance putting marriage equality in as a plank of the Democratic party policy.
Change is coming, but it’s a process and not an event.
What wonderful people the Obamas are. In 30 years, maybe even 20, people will be amazed that there was anyone willing to halt equality. They’ll always be someone left to fight but and rights to promote but we are well and truly winning. Here’s to progress and a bright future. And yes, I will get married in THIS country within the next 10 years!
And yet gay republicans still will cast their vote for a party that doesn’t want them or their rights granted and protected because they have never believed them to be a priority, in good or bad economic times.
Gay Republicans ?? isn’t that an Oxymoron ?
Maybe. Look up the Log Cabin Republicans
gay republicans are suffering from a kind of stockholme syndrome.
I like Mrs Obama.
But she is not an elected person. So her speech is 100% PR.
I’m not american, but God I hope president Obama will be reelected.