Equality California wants Obama’s support in lawsuit against Prop. 8

Last year, candidate Barack Obama opposed the referendum against marriage equality back in 2008. Now, as President, Obama has an opportunity to use the power of his office to weigh in against the discrimination wrought by Prop. 8.

Equality California has what should be a simple request — and you can add your name to it:

President Obama, I urge you to immediately file a brief in the federal court challenge to Prop 8 and ask the court to rule that it is unconstitutional to allow a majority to take away the rights of a minority.

One would hope that standing for equality and against the oppression of the minority wouldn’t be a heavy lift for the Obama administration.

Maybe the Department of Justice could pull one of its lawyers away from writing all the briefs against DOMA and actually side with us for a change.

The Obama crew never got what Prop. 8 meant to the LGBT community. Apparently, no one conveyed to them how devastating that loss was. There are no high ranking lgbt officials in the Obama inner circle — or even the outer circles — who explained the situation. Instead, just a few weeks after we lost, they kicked us all in the gut again by inviting leading homophobe/Prop. 8 supporter Rick Warren to speak at the inauguration.

Obama could rise to the occasion and join the Prop. 8 lawsuit. But, that won’t happen. This administration runs from anything that comes close to partnership recognition. But, sign Equality California’s petition. We need to keep up the pressure.

Then, sign Don’t Ask, Don’t Give if you haven’t already.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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