Monday, September 27, 2010

About those Democrats: DNC steps back from gay rights

Remember the Fierce Advocate? He wanted to repeal DADT and DOMA, and pass ENDA. Now the DNC steps back from that. From Americablog
The DNC has a new Web site up. Included is a page devoted to "civil rights." Here are the gay civil rights promises the party is now making us:
- Enacting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which includes measures prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity;
- Ensuring full civil unions and federal rights for LGBT couples;
- Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in a sensible way that strengthens our armed forces and our national security

First off, what happened to repealing DOMA? I do believe our fierce advocate mentioned it repeatedly during the campaign. Why is it gone now? Are there no gay people advising the DNC, or did they just throw out one of the President's top three promises to our community?

Second, "civil unions"? How very 1999 of you.
Someone was listening, because a few days later, DOMA repeal showed up again on the DNC website.

But still, civil unions. I don't have a second class relationship. I don't pay second-class taxes (far from it). Why don't I have first class rights?

We gave plenty of money to the Fierce Advocate's campaign. But from here on, there is NO Democrat that I will support without an explicit statement of support for marriage equality. If I'm not good enough for marriage, you don't need my dollars.

I can't believe that the Fierce Advocate and the Dems squandered their majority. The people who would have been angered by pro-GLBT stance never voted with them anyway. In their effort to pander to the Republicans, they threw their own constituencies under the bus, and probably contributed to the upcoming electoral bloodbath. So the DNC can go whistle. This lesbian's wallet is shut.

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