President Vows to Continue “to Seek Out Avenues for Progress”

In a statement to The Advocate regarding his stance on equality, President Obama highlighted his accomplishments thus far but fell short of either endorsing a move to add marriage equality language to the National Democrat Party Platform or endorsing any specific marriage equality legislation.

He did, however, reiterate his administration’s dedication to repealing the so-called,”Defense of Marriage Act.”

In the statement, Obama writes,”I believe that Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and should be repealed. I have instructed the Department of Justice to no longer defend it in court, and the Department has already filed multiple briefs supporting individuals challenging the law in court. I also support an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act.”

He also touts such acts as the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Protection Act, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as well as the inclusion of LGBT anti-discrimination language in certain federal policies. He also points to the “Affordable Healthcare Act” as legislation that will make,”sure that all Americans have access to affordable health care and that insurers will no longer be able to deny coverage based on preexisting conditions, including HIV/AIDS.”

The president has stated that he is “evolving” on the issue of marriage equality.

Think Progress reports that during conference call on Wednesday afternoon, Obama campaign manager and Idaho native Jim Messina dodged the question of Party platform support by saying,”You know, there’s a process — there’s no even a delegate platform committee yet — there’s a process to go through this discussion, and the DNC will go through that, and we will have a platform.”

“But our record stands in sharp contrast to the other side. And what the other side has said is they want a constitutional amendment on anti-marriage, they want to put back into place Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and a bunch of other regressive policies,” he added.

A number prominent democrats have recently called for the inclusive plank including Senator Jeanne Shaheen, of New Hampshire and former U.S. House speaker Nancy Pelosi. 

The President’s statement to The Advocate was part of his submission to the magazine’s “Candidate Scorecard.” While none of the major GOP candidates answered The Advocate’s questionnaire,”Obama, Libertarian hopeful Gary Johnson, and gay GOP aspirant Fred Karger each supplied answers.”

Click HERE to read the full scorecard.


2 Responses to President Vows to Continue “to Seek Out Avenues for Progress”

  1. Obama is a slick psychopath with a conscience guided by the principle “How do I gain power and still look good?” He is the enemy of the LGBTQIA commumity, doing just as little as possible as late as possible to hookwink the gay community into thinking he is a friend. Proof: compare his 2008 campaign promises and timelines with what he actually has done, there is no other label for him other than a deliberate, malicious con-man and deliberate liar with zero intentions of following through on a single so-called promise. His heart is NOT in the right place. Actually it is….his actions are those of right-wingers, until activists make it so embarrassing for him and that is the only time he does anything. I have zero understanding why gays support him. He’s not even all that cute, and has been administratively destructive to gay rights. Even refused to grant exemptions to those kicked out of the military for being gay, THE DAY BEFORE he signed the bill getting rid of DADT. What kind of gay friendly attitude is this, to refuse 1-day exemptions for war heroes who lost 100% of their benefits? Obama is simply evil and hypocritical. Scam man.Not a friend, just a political opportunist.

    • Gabriel says:

      Better that he says and does little things to help than creating new avenues for hate and defending the anti-LGBTQIA with his words than outwardly condemning us. I would much rather vote for this guy than Romney or Santorum. Even, from what I have seen, Paul fails in some ways on these issues. The way that I mean that is that he fails to see the need to maintain rights associated with marriage at the federal level. To take away the rights and privileges like citizenship for spouses from abroad and then give us “marriage” seems like it is still missing the point. We don’t want to be married within a state, but still in danger of being ripped apart.

      Not to mention that, at some point, they will have to stop treating it as a debate that should be voted on rather than a civil rights movement. It isn’t a zoning issue, it deals with the basic rights and freedoms of individuals. It should not be treated like a proposal to build a monument with state tax dollars. Segregation would have taken forever to end if the government hadn’t finally acknowledged that it was an issue of basic rights that couldn’t be denied to the citizens of this nation. The fight for equal treatment was there for them and it is here now. We need to have our government step up and make it happen.

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