Thursday, March 19, 2009
Obama signs UN "gay rights" resolution for US, still slow on lifting DADT
Multiple news outlets report that President Obama will sign, for the United States, a United Nations declaration calling for an end to laws criminalizing homosexual acts worldwide. The blog story by Adam Boulton on “Sky” is here.
Previously, the Bush administration had criticized those statements could commit the federal government on matters state jurisdiction, supposedly violating federalism. Some states (perhaps most) let private employers and landlords discriminate against homosexuals, and the federal government does not allow open homosexuals to serve in the military. But such reasoning is circular; it shows that the military ban has consequences outside of the Armed Forces. Matthew Lee’s AP story was here and was carried on Yahoo!
A hosted news story from Google news indicates that President Obama is still treading very carefully on lifting the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy, despite the strong lobbying effort by SLDN last weekend and tremendously upbeat National Dinner Saturday night, already reported here. The story is here.
Ellen Tauscher, who introduced a repeal bill recently, will not remain in the House to support it as she has accepted a State Department post. A Senate version of the bill will probably be introduced this summer.