Thursday, June 18, 2009

Obama to the gay community: Yes, we can't change

DOMA - Then (February 2008)
"I believe we should get rid of that statute [DOMA] altogether. Federal law should not discriminate in any way against gay and lesbian couples, which is precisely what DOMA does." - Open letter from candidate Barack Obama to the LGBT community.

DOMA - Now (June 2009)
"In short, therefore, DOMA, understood for what it actually does, infringes on no one's rights."
"It is rationally related to legitimate governmental interests."
"To deny federal recognition to same-sex marriages will thus preserve scarce government resources, surely a legitimate government purpose." - Obama administration legal brief

Don't Ask, Don't Tell - Then (April 2008)
"We're spending large sums of money to kick highly qualified gays or lesbians out of our military, some of whom possess specialties like Arab-language capabilities that we desperately need. That doesn't make us more safe." - Quote to AP article

Don't Ask, Don't Tell - Now (June 2009)
"Don't ask, don't tell [is] rationally related to the government's legitimate interest in military discipline and cohesion." - Obama administration legal memo to U.S. Supreme Court

Source: Facebook - Campaign: Mail a penny to the White House since Obama has lost his 'change' Presisdent Obama has flip-flopped on DOMA and Don't Ask, Don't Tell

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