Obama still doesn’t support full equality, but we got a White House LGBT webpage

It’s called “Winning the Future: President Obama and the LGBT Community”:

Since taking office, the President has demonstrated that his vision for a brighter future includes greater equality for LGBT Americans. The President and his Administration are dedicated to eliminating barriers to equality, fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and engaging LGBT communities across the country.

This site is a tool for you to learn about how President Obama and his team are working to win the future for LGBT Americans.

We’ll actually win the future when we have full equality — not just “greater equality.” It’s 2011 for Christ sakes. Supporting full equality isn’t a lot to ask from a “fierce advocate,” especially when a majority of Americans are already there. But, as it stands, the President doesn’t support full equality. He’s still opposed to marriage, although, as we’ve noted many times, he claims to be “evolving.”

Between the HRC way-too-early endorsement, yesterday’s proclamation and today’s website news, we’re looking at a pretty concentrated campaign to convince us that Obama is the greatest President ever on LGBT issues. Yes, he’s done a lot. But, let’s be honest: the President is behind the trendline when it comes to marriage. He knows it. His White House staffers know it, especially the LGBT staffers. HRC knows it. I bet even campaign manager Jim Messina knows it. So, it’s great that we have a webpage. But, again, it’s 2011. I’m not going to get too excited about being treated with dignity and respect. We should have this. And, the President needs to help the arc of the moral universe bend towards justice. Full justice, not just “greater equality.”


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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