Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Fed is Stealing Your Right To Equality

Why is the Federal Government playing fast and loose with it’s LGBT citizens? This is a question that I seem to keep asking myself, in order to figure out why the gay community is not stepping up to bat and demanding that we receive the same rights everyone else has. Yes, by everyone I mean heterosexuals. It doesn’t matter if they are upright citizens or hardened criminals, many have more rights, such as the right to marry, than we do. Rights we as LGBT individuals do not have and our being hoodwinked over.

You may have heard that yesterday, President Obama ordered government agencies to extend additional benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees, which Includes child care services and expanded family leave. This comes one year after his initial signing of an order that gives visitation and child care rights. While DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) is still in full force, this type of legislation can only go so far. President Obama stated:

While this memorandum is an important step on the path to equality, my administration continues to be prevented by existing Federal law from providing same-sex domestic partners with the full range of benefits enjoyed by heterosexual married couples.

While I may still be a little inept at the wheeling and dealings of Congress, I do know one thing. I know when something is as they say “ Rotten in Denmark”.

How is it that although DOMA and Prop 8 (In California) are still barriers to equality, certain individuals are being granted rights? Why do the partners of some federal employees such as billionaire Jared Polis, who is openly gay and has a partner benefitting, while most are not? What about the many others who do NOT work for the federal Govt. and aren’t billionaires? What special provisions are we getting? Is this just an attempt to insure that those in power get benefits? Jared Polis is a billionaire and others in congress have millions. I’m not hating, I’m just stating. Facts. Still the every day person, has to suck it up and be patient. I don’t think so.

We’ve dealt a little with one reason of DOMA sidestepping. Lets deal with another. California. How is it that the state of California stripped the rights of gays to marry, while at the same time saying “ Yes, those 18,000 who got married before prop 8 are still married" ? Come again? So let me get this straight. Just because Ellen Degeneres married Portia De Rossi, Because George Takei, married his partner, and Wanda Sykes married hers, all before Prop 8,  It stands? Yet the many like myself who want to marry ...can’t? See where this is going? How constitutional is a law that says “ We can pick and choose who is married and who is not”.

It’s time for us LGBT’s to wake up and start to fight as hard as we can. Today someone on Twitter told me we must have patience. I told him patience is good, but what we need is action. I stand by that. It’s time to call our senators ( 202-224-3121) and demand the repeal of DOMA, the end to DADT and the implementation of Enda. You don't have to bring up all three at one call. It is a simple 2 minute process. To me DOMA is the most important. Not because I will be marrying soon, but because it strips so many of so many legal and financial rights. We can do this. So lets do it!


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