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In NYC, Obama Calls Election Night 2008 “A Perfect Night”

6:53 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Wow, talk about tone-deaf.

Someone really screwed this one up in Obama’s speech tonight to the New York City LGBT crowd. Sudbay:

One thing I thought was very odd for this particular crowd was referring to Election Night 2008 as “a perfect night.” Maybe for him, but we lost rights that night when Prop. 8 passed in California.

My partner and I, who never married in the 2008 window between the California Supreme Court decision mandating marriage equality and Election Night 2008, became second-class California citizens that night, along with thousands of other LGBTs who hoped, someday, to marry the person we love.

There was nothing “perfect” about that night for us.

Let’s hope someone in the speechwriting department at the White House omits this characterization by our Evolver-in-Chief before he takes his LGBT fundraising to California. New Yorkers may have let him get away with it, but I don’t think Californians will.

That wound is still too raw.

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Fierce Advocate’s DoJ Appeals Witt Ruling

12:01 am in LGBT by Teddy Partridge

Hey — American LGBTs? Tired of being smile-fucked by Barack Obama yet?

In a brief filing in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, the U.S. Department of Justice filed the formal documents to announce that it plans to appeal the trial judge’s order in Witt v. U.S. Department of the Air Force.

Great ‘messaging’ from a White House that thinks that word is a synonym for ‘governing’ or ‘policy-making!’

The same week they want the United States Senate to read the Pentagon’s unnecessary report one whole fucking day early so that GOP Senators they won’t lobby can join the President’s Fierce Advocacy for open service by gays and lesbians, they appeal the fucking decision to admit Major Margaret Witt to the United States Air Force immediately:

In October, the Department of Justice also opposed Witt’s request for costs, in part, because “Defendants’ time for noticing an appeal of the Court’s September 24, 2010 decision does not expire until November 23, 2010, and, accordingly, this matter has not been finally resolved in plaintiff’s favor.”

With today’s filing, DOJ stated in a docketing statement required to be filed with the Notice of Appeal that the principal issue to be raised on appeal is:

Whether plaintiff’s discharge pursuant to 10 U.S.C 654 and its implementing regulations was constitutional and whether plaintiff should have been ordered reinstated to the military, subject to meeting applicable requirements respecting qualifications for continued service.

In a statement issued by the White House moments after the filing, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said:

“Today, the Department of Justice filed a notice of appeal in a case involving a legal challenge to the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy, as the Department traditionally does when acts of Congress have been held unconstitutional. This filing in no way diminishes the President’s — and his Administration’s — firm commitment to achieving a legislative repeal of DADT this year. Indeed, it clearly shows why Congress must act to end this misguided policy. In recent weeks, the President and other Administration officials have been working with the Senate to move forward with the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, including a repeal of DADT, during the lame duck.”

Why is Robert Gibbs still employed, again?

President “Fierce Advocate” Spreads His Fierce Advocacy Further

3:52 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Uh, oh — business owners on the Florida coast better be careful. If Barack Obama’s "fierce advocacy" on behalf of LGBT Americans is any model, you all are about to be left behind while the American dream passes you by. We’ve been told by President Fierce Advocate that no one in America fights harder for our rights, while his own Administration slows down DADT repeal, won’t let Congress schedule iENDA for a vote, and seems content to allow DOMA to continue to define our relationships as second-class.

If Obama’s ‘fierce advocacy’ on your behalf is anything like his ‘fierce advocacy’ on ours, I would recommend packing your bags for brighter pastures, or coastlines.

It’s at the very beginning of this NPR story where he speaks the line that, for many in the LGBT community, has the same resonance that "heckuva job, Brownie" came to have about George W Bush’s response to Katrina.

I want every businessperson here is Florida to know that I will be their Fierce Advocate in making sure they are getting the compensation they need to get through what is going to be a difficult season. [my transcript]

It’s a phrase President Obama shouldn’t use unless he wants others, who know better and have heard it longer, to call him on it.

I don’t envy the businesspeople of Florida — this President’s Fierce Advocacy has cost hundreds of military servicemembers their careers since he took office. It’s resulted in continued firings, just for being or looking gay, in the 37 states that have no protections against sexual orientation or gender presentation discrimination. It means all our relationships are still second-class.

Good luck to you on the Florida coast, you’ll need it.