[personal profile] pywaket
I already respect the man more than I have anyone in that office since 1980, but this just blows me away.


Date: 2010-10-23 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] browngirl.livejournal.com
Oh WOW. That's really wonderful.

(I just hope it's not undercut by his DOJ defending DADT against Justice Phillips' decision.)

Date: 2010-10-23 11:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pywaket.livejournal.com
I've read a bunch of analysis of this, and from what I can tell, the administration is legally required to defend DADT whether they want to or not, as it is currently law. That doesn't mean they'll try very hard ;-)

I wish they wouldn't defend it at all, but the sad fact is, they legally have to. The problem with them not doing that is that it sets a bad precedent for what an administration will try to get away with. The example I've seen given is the Bush administration failing to defend environmental laws they did not agree with. As much as I'd like Obama's DOJ to ignore this, it's a slippery slope that we can't go down. It would be like abolishing the filibuster; it works against us now, but it was very useful to have back when the Republikkklan party controlled the house, senate and white house.

What really needs to happen is that this has to go before the supreme court and be found unconstitutional. That's my hope.

Knowing that for the first time ever, the President is actually on our side is the one thing that I take comfort in. That, and the fact that demographics are favorable. Young people today mostly see equality for people of all orientations as obvious and natural. There will always be bullies, but their percentage of people who think it's ok to hate based on sexual orientation is lower than it's ever been.

Date: 2010-11-03 12:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] weegoddess.livejournal.com
Has any US president before ever uttered the term 'LGBT' publicly? Let alone in a positive context? I think not.

::hearts him utterly::

Date: 2010-11-04 06:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pywaket.livejournal.com
Not that I'm aware of.

The times, they are a changin' (if slowly...)



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