What About Gays?
by Josh Orton, Mon Jun 08, 2009 at 07:55:49 AM EDT
Noting that the Supreme Court passed on a chance to rule on Don't Ask Don't Tell, Joe Sudbay makes the case for action:
It's time for Obama to step up. He doesn't have to wait for legislation, although legislation to overturn DADT should be passed ASAP. Obama is the commander-in-chief. He has tools at his disposal to prevent further discharges. He can issue an Executive Order according to a study by the Palm Center. If Obama wants to make a real statement during LGBT Pride Month, instead of just a proclamation, taking action to prevent further discharges under DADT would be a good one -- a very good one.
The absence of action from Obama is troubling. And per Aravosis, notes, there's a second problem: some in the gay community itself worry that their leading activist groups (HRC, etc.) haven't done enough to pressure Obama - or that they've lost leverage altogether by staying quiet (or by cozying up to the WH).
It's a problematic twofer: Obama's not getting pressured by HRC, but HRC is allowing Obama to (speciously) claim that he's communicating broadly with the gay community when he's not.