Friday, January 23, 2009

White House website lays out LGBT civil rights agenda

Visitors should view The White House’s new Civil Rights page, with a section on LGBT rights. The main link is here. This is the real "White House" website, not an imitation or surrogate.

Look for the section titled "Support for the LGBT Community". The bullet points include repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell”, opposing a federal constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, civil unions, ENDA, expanding hate crimes statutes, and expanding adoption rights.

We will have to see how quickly the new president Barack Obama can make progress, given the urgency of the economic issues and national security problems. But there is some synergy: employment non-discrimination gets easier with health care reform (which is important to economic stimulus anyway), and the loss of language translation and intelligence capabilities because of DADT has become glaring.

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