The blogosphere is certainly buzzing with same-sex marriage statement cynics today. In addition to the great articles on Firedoglake about LGBTQ equality, here are some pointed opinions I found in my browsing.
Black Girl Dangerous questioned the conditions Obama put on his statement:
Because guess what? Straight people are not required to love each other to be able to get married. Nobody even asks them—no goddamn government official, anyhow. There is no question on any marriage license form that says, “Do you really love this person you are about to marry?”
Kate Conway wrote in her excellent “DEAR OBAMA: NON-HETERO, NON-MONOGAMOUS WEIRDOES DESERVE SPOUSES, TOO,”
A whole lot of people were thrilled, sure, but a whole lot more thought it just wasn’t enough. Obama hadn’t officially politically endorsed same-sex marriage. He was still, ultimately, planning on giving it up to individual states to decide whether Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka are totally cuuuute or totally siiiinful. And honestly? Love Obama as I do, I’m starting to kind of get tired of the equivocating, too.
GetEqual Texas, allies of the Austin occupation, staged a successful pro-marriage & equality rally in Dallas yesterday, with a hundred attending. They garnered great media both in Dallas and here. Texas organizer Michael Diviesti also clued me in to another piece of good news:
A Senate committee has agreed to hold a hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act following calls from advocates and senators for lawmakers to hear testimony on LGBT workplace discrimination.
In a statement Thursday, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, announced he intends to hold a hearing on ENDA on June 12.
Now we need to keep the pressure on the President, and increase the pressure on our representatives in the Senate and House of Representatives. Statements are wonderful, but its time for some concrete action.
It’s a rainy day in Austin, but we’re still planning to stage a small action for the executive nondiscrimination order, and our livestreamer promised to attend. The action is due to start at 4:30pm Central (5:30pm Eastern). Here you’ll find the Occupy Austin stream which we’ll be using today.
Please watch if you can. This is our second action on LGBTQ nondiscrimination. Later I’ll report back with some YouTube videos and photos.’
Update 7:05pm CST: I have swapped out the ustream for the recorded archive of our action today. Look for a Youtube video of our encounter with Obama For America & other media tomorrow.