LGBT

Worse Than Bush

Well, not really.

The Department of Homeland Security has announced plans to allow same-sex couples to cross the border together rather than separately.

The Department of Homeland Security announced today that same-sex families will soon be able to cross the border together, filing just one form for all “members of a family residing in one household.” Before, married same-sex couples had to go through customs separately because the policy referred to married couples, and thus fell under the purview of the Defense of Marriage Act. The proposed change will undergo a series of reviews and a period of public comment before it takes effect.

This is just the latest example of the Obama Administration extending a hand to the LGBT community and, more specifically, same-sex couples.

This administration has been more friendly to the LGBT community than any previous president, and the future only looks brighter. Yet despite the record, and despite all evidence to the contrary, the meme that President Obama secretly wants to prevent same-sex marriage from becoming law persists.

As far as I can discern, this meme is primarily perpetuated by members of the professional blogosphere, not the LGBT community at large.

  • eljefejeff

    I have a gay friend who swore in a fb post a few months ago that he wouldn’t vote for Obama. I pointed out how ‘gay-friendly’ this president is, but my friend was unmoved. He said it was all reluctantly done and he hasn’t supported same sex marriage yet.

    I really think Obama should firmly come out and support same sex marriage. The large majority of democrats are in favor. The leader of the party should be too. Does anyone seriously think it would give republicans extra reason to vote against him? They already can’t stand him. They probably think he’s pro-same sex marriage already anyway. Him coming out in support would make no difference, but it would make his own side more enthusiastic.

    • JMAshby

      See, I have a serious problem with this

      He said it was all reluctantly done and he hasn’t supported same sex marriage yet.

      As if persuading the Pentagon to pursue an end of DADT on their own was some small feat.

      In my mind the president HAS come out in support of same-sex marriage. The promotion of marriage equality and equal treatment of same-sex couples can be seen at every level of this administration.

      And when the president says, in his own words, “everyone should have the same rights,” what else is there to say?

      • Not to mention NOT appealing DOMA, but letting John Boehner do it.

      • eljefejeff

        I totally agree he’s done almost everything he can to increase the rights of gays. Still, I expect that during the course of this campaign, he’ll be asked point blank if he supports same sex marriage. I want to hear him say yes, not some nuanced answer about the laws and courts and how his views are evolving. I think almost everyone on this site and in the democratic party would simply say yes, and even some republicans in state legislatures have actually cast a vote in support. I want the same from our president. There’s no reason for him not to.