Skip to comments.Obama Inches Toward Gay Agenda
Posted on 06/21/2010 11:26:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
WASHINGTON (AP) ― President Barack Obama is chipping away at his long list of promises to gay voters but has yet to earn the full-throated backing of the reliably Democratic voting bloc. The Obama White House has accomplished more than any other on gay rights, yet has drawn sharp criticism from an unexpected constituency: the same gay activists who backed the president's election campaign.(continued)
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a depraved, unprincipled, or wicked person: a drunken reprobate.
a person rejected by god and beyond hope of salvation.
LGBT Pride Reception
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Free Download whitehouse June 22, 2010 President Obama speaks at a White House reception marking LGBT Pride Month. June 22, 2010.
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Home Briefing Room Speeches & Remarks
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release June 22, 2010
Remarks by the President at LGBT Pride Month Reception
6:16 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Hello, hello, hello! (Applause.) Hello, everybody! (Applause.) I was going to say welcome to the White House but you guys seem like you feel right at home. (Laughter.) You dont need me to tell you its the peoples house.
A couple of acknowledgements that I want to make very quickly first of all, our Director of the Office of Personnel Management, who has just done an extraordinary job across the government give John Berry a big round of applause. (Applause.)
AUDIENCE MEMBER: All right, John!
THE PRESIDENT: All right, John! (Laughter.)
Our chair of the Export/Import Bank, helping to bring jobs here to the United States of America Fred Hochberg. (Applause.) Our chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, doing outstanding work each and every day Nancy Sutley. Where is she? (Applause.) Nancy is a little vertically challenged, but I see her over there. (Laughter.)
Weve got here a trailblazer for federal appointees we are so proud of her Ms. Roberta Achtenberg is here. Give Roberta a big round of applause. (Applause.) And then I understand weve got a terrific country singer Chely Wright is in the house. (Applause.)
In addition I know they had to leave because they had votes, but you guys obviously dont have just fiercer warriors on your behalf than a couple of our openly gay and lesbian members of Congress Tammy Baldwin and Jared Polis. (Applause.) They are openly terrific. (Laughter.) They do great work.
And it is also great to have so many activists and organizers from around the country folks who fight every day for the rights of parents and children and partners and citizens to be treated equally under the law. And so we are very proud of all of you. (Applause.)
Oh, and by the way, the guy standing next to me this is Joe Biden. (Applause.) Just because hes a Phillies fan hes from Delaware. (Laughter.)
Now, look, the fact that weve got activists here is important because its a reminder that change never comes or at least never begins in Washington. It begins with acts of compassion - and sometimes defiance - across America. It begins when ordinary people - out of love for a mother or a father, son or daughter, or husband or wife - speak out against injustices that have been accepted for too long. And it begins when these impositions of conscience start opening hearts that had been closed, and when we finally see each others humanity, whatever our differences.
Now, this struggle is as old as America itself. Its never been easy. But standing here, I am hopeful. One year ago, in this room, we marked the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall protests. (Applause.) Some of you were here, and you may remember that I pledged then that even at a time when we faced enormous challenges both on the economy and in our foreign policy, that we would not put aside matters of basic equality. And we havent.
Weve got a lot of hard work that we still have to do, but we can already point to extraordinary progress that weve made over the past year on behalf of Americans who are gay and lesbian, bisexual and transgender.
Just stay with me here for a second. Last year, I met with Judy Shepard, Matthew Shepards mom, and I promised her that after a decades-long struggle, we would pass inclusive hate crimes legislation. I promised that in the name of her son we would ensure that the full might of the law is brought down on those who would attack somebody just because they are gay. And less than six months later, with Judy by my side, we marked the enactment of the Matthew Shepard Act. Its now the law of the land. (Applause.)
Just a few moments ago, I met with Janice Langbehn and her children. Where did Janice go? There they are right there. And when Janices partner of 18 years, Lisa, suddenly collapsed because of an aneurysm, Janice and the couples three kids were denied the chance to comfort their partner and their mom barred from Lisas bedside. It was wrong. It was cruel. And in part because of their story, I instructed my Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, to make sure that any hospital thats participating in Medicare or Medicaid - that means most hospitals (laughter) allow gay and lesbian partners the same privileges and visitation rights as straight partners. (Applause.)
After I issued that memorandum, I called Janice and I told her the news. And before we came out here today, I wanted to make sure that I had followed up Secretary Sebelius will officially be proposing this regulation. And I can also announce that the Secretary has sent a letter today asking these hospitals to adopt these changes now - even before the rule takes effect. (Applause.) Nothing can undo the hurt that her that Janices family has experienced. And nothing can undo the pain felt by countless others whove been through a similar ordeal - for example, Charlene Strong is here. She lost her wife, Kate Fleming and Charlene is here along with Kates mom, who said on behalf of all mothers, thank you. Because we think its the right thing to do. (Applause.)
In addition, Ive issued an executive order[SIC]* to extend as many partnership benefits to gay and lesbian federal employees as possible under current law. And Im going to continue to fight to change the law: to guarantee gay federal employees the exact same benefits as straight employees - including access to health insurance and retirement plans. (Applause.) And in an announcement today, the Department of Labor made clear that under the Family and Medical Leave Act, same-sex couples - as well as others raising children - are to be treated like the caretakers that they are. (Applause.)
Because I believe in committed I believe that committed gay and lesbian couples deserve the same rights and responsibilities afforded to any married couple in this country, I have called for Congress to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. (Applause.) We are pushing hard to pass an inclusive employee non-discrimination bill. (Applause.) No one in America should be fired because theyre gay. Its not right, its not who we are as Americans, and we are going to put a stop to it.
And finally, were going to end Dont Ask, Dont Tell. (Applause.) That is a promise I made as a candidate. It is a promise that I reiterated as President. Its one that this administration is going to keep. Now, the only way to lock this in - the only way to get the votes in Congress to roll back this policy is if we work with the Pentagon, who are in the midst of two wars.
And thats why we were gratified to see, for the first time ever, the Secretary of Defense, Bob Gates, testify in favor of repeal. And the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mike Mullen, has repeatedly and passionately argued for allowing gay men and women to serve honestly in the military. (Applause.) We know that forcing gay and lesbian soldiers to live a lie or to leave the military, that doesnt contribute to our security it harms our security.
And thanks to Patrick Murphy and others, for the first time in history, the House has passed a repeal that would allow gay men and women to openly serve in our armed forces. And this repeal is authored so that the Pentagon can complete its review of the policy which is critical, by the way, not only to passage, but its also critical to making sure that the change is accepted and implemented effectively. In the Senate, the Armed Services Committee has approved repeal for the first time, and the full body is poised to vote soon.
So heres the bottom line: We have never been closer to ending this discriminatory policy. And Im going to keep on fighting until that bill is on my desk and I can sign it. (Applause.)
Of course, ultimately, change is about more than just policies in our government. And thats why I want to close by recognizing all the young people who are here - I had a chance to take a bunch of pictures with them, just really impressive folks who are advocating on their behalf. I know there are some in the audience who have experienced pain in their lives, who at times have been felt like outcasts, who have been scorned or bullied, and I know that there are families here on behalf of loved ones who are no longer with us, some in part because of the particularly difficult challenges that gay men and women still face.
This is a reminder that we all have an obligation to ensure that no young person is ever made to feel worthless or alone ever. Now, at the same time, I think theres plenty of reason to have some hope for many of the young people including those who are here today. Theyve shown incredible courage and incredible integrity standing up for who they are. Theyve refused to be anything less than themselves.
And we all remember being young sort of. (Laughter.) But its not easy. Its not easy standing up all the time and being who you are. But theyre showing us the way forward. These young people are helping to build a more perfect union, a nation where all of us are equal; each of us is free to pursue our own versions of happiness.
And I believe because of them that the future is bright. Its certainly bright for them. Of course, it does depend on all of us. It depends on the efforts of government and the activism of ordinary citizens like yourselves. It depends on the love of families and the support of communities. And I want you all to know that as this work continues, Im going to be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with you, fighting by your side every step of the way. (Applause.)
So, thank you. God bless you. God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)
END 6:29 P.M. EDT
*Clarification: The President signed a Presidential Memorandum on June 2, to extend benefits to same-sex domestic partners of federal employees. Click HERE to view the memo on whitehouse.gov.
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Home Briefing Room Presidential Actions Presidential Memoranda
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release June 02, 2010
Presidential Memorandum-Extension of Benefits to Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Federal Employees
MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
SUBJECT: Extension of Benefits to Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Federal Employees
For far too long, many of our Governments hard-working, dedicated LGBT employees have been denied equal access to the basic rights and benefits their colleagues enjoy. This kind of systemic inequality undermines the health, well-being, and security not just of our Federal workforce, but also of their families and communities. That is why, last June, I directed the heads of executive departments and agencies (agencies), in consultation with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), to conduct a thorough review of the benefits they provide and to identify any that could be extended to LGBT employees and their partners and families. Although legislative action is necessary to provide full equality to LGBT Federal employees, the agencies have identified a number of benefits that can be extended under existing law. OPM, in consultation with the Department of Justice, has provided me with a report recommending that all of the identified benefits be extended.
Accordingly, I hereby direct the following:
Section 1. Immediate Actions To Extend Benefits. Agencies should immediately take the following actions, consistent with existing law, in order to extend benefits to the same-sex domestic partners of Federal employees, and, where applicable, to the children of same-sex domestic partners of Federal employees:
(a) The Director of OPM should take appropriate action to:
(i) clarify that the children of employeessame-sex domestic partners fall within the definition of child for purposes of Federal child-care subsidies, and, where appropriate, for child-care services;
(ii) clarify that, for purposes of employee assistance programs, same-sex domestic partners and their children qualify as family members;
(iii) issue a proposed rule that would clarify that employees same-sex domestic partners qualify as family members for purposes of noncompetitive appointments made pursuant to Executive Order 12721 of July 30, 1990;
(iv) issue a proposed rule that would add a Federal retirees same-sex domestic partner to the list of individuals presumed to have an insurable interest in the employee pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 8339(k)(1), 8420;
(v) clarify that under appropriate circumstances, employees same-sex domestic partners and their children qualify as dependents for purposes of evacuation payments made under 5 U.S.C. 5522-5523;
(vi) amend its guidance on implementing President Clintons April 11, 1997, memorandum to heads of executive departments and agencies on Expanded Family and Medical Leave Policies to specify that the 24 hours of unpaid leave made available to Federal employees in connection with (i) school and early childhood educational activities; (ii) routine family medical purposes; and (iii) elderly relatives health or care needs, may be used to meet the needs of an employees same-sex domestic partner or the same-sex domestic partners children; and
(vii) clarify that employees same-sex domestic partners qualify as dependents for purposes of calculating the extra allowance payable under 5 U.S.C. 5942a to assist employees stationed on Johnston Island, subject to any limitations applicable to spouses.
(b) The Administrator of General Services should take appropriate action to amend the definitions of immediate family and dependent appearing in the Federal Travel Regulations, 41 C.F.R. Chs. 300-304, to include same-sex domestic partners and their children, so that employees and their domestic partners and children can obtain the full benefits available under applicable law, including certain travel, relocation, and subsistence payments.
(c) All agencies offering any of the benefits specified by OPM in implementing guidance under section 3 of this memorandum, including credit union membership, access to fitness facilities, and access to planning and counseling services, should take all appropriate action to provide the same level of benefits that is provided to employees spouses and their children to employees same-sex domestic partners and their children.
(d) All agencies with authority to provide benefits to employees outside of the context of title 5, United States Code should take all appropriate actions to ensure that the benefits being provided to employees spouses and their children are also being provided, at an equivalent level wherever permitted by law, to their employees same-sex domestic partners and their children.
Sec. 2. Continuing Obligation To Provide New Benefits. In the future, all agencies that provide new benefits to the spouses of Federal employees and their children should, to the extent permitted by law, also provide them to the same-sex domestic partners of their employees and those same-sex domestic partners children. This section applies to appropriated and nonappropriated fund instrumentalities of such agencies.
Sec. 3. Monitoring and Guidance. The Director of OPM shall monitor compliance with this memorandum, and may instruct agencies to provide the Director with reports on the status of their compliance, and prescribe the form and manner of such reports. The Director of OPM shall also issue guidance to ensure consistent and appropriate implementation.
Sec. 4. Reporting. By April 1, 2011, and annually thereafter, the Director of OPM shall provide the President with a report on the progress of the agencies in implementing this memorandum until such time as all recommendations have been appropriately implemented.
Sec. 5. General Provisions. (a) Except as expresslystated herein, nothing in this memorandum shall be construedto impair or otherwise affect:
(i) authority granted by law or Executive Orderto an agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) functions of the Director of the Officeof Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
Sec. 6. Publication. The Director of OPM is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.
Whitehouse.gov: "Remarks by the President at Human Rights Campaign Dinner" (SNIPPET: "Tonight, somewhere in America, a young person, let's say a young man, will struggle to fall to sleep, wrestling alone with a secret he's held as long as he can remember. Soon, perhaps, he will decide it's time to let that secret out. What happens next depends on him...") (October 10, 2009)
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Jun 22, 2010 6:22 am US/Mountain
“Obama Embraces Incremental Response To Gay Agenda”
PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writer