Obama: I Am A Champion For Gay Americans
President Obama, who has come under harsh criticism from gay rights advocates for not yet acting on many campaign promises on gay issues, Monday afternoon said that his administration has made some progress on behalf of gay Americans and plans to do more. "I know that many in this room don't believe that progress has come fast enough, and I understand that," Mr. Obama said at a reception for LGBT Pride Month at the White House. "It's not for me to tell you to be patient anymore than it was for others to counsel patience to African-Americans who were petitioning for equal rights a half-century ago."
TG: He's basically telling them to continue to be intolerant and cause trouble. And he has the gall to compare sodomites to blacks.
"But I say this: We have made progress," the president continued. "And we will make more. ... "I suspect that by the time this administration is over, I think you guys will have pretty good feelings about the Obama administration." ... "I believe preventing patriotic Americans from serving their country weakens our national security," the president said in reference to "don't ask, don't tell."
TG: The "Don't ask don't tell" policy doesn't prevent ANYONE from serving. Still, allowing queers to serve does weaken our national security. Straight men are not going to be any more comfortable bunking and showering with homos than women would be showering and bunking with men. In fact, that would be worse. Some women wouldn't mind showering and bunking with men.
He said the administration is working with the Pentagon and Congress to end the policy. He also insisted that doing so will require an act of Congress, though many believe the president could halt discharges of openly gay servicemembers through an executive order. ... The president said that prejudice against gay people endures and that some citizens "still hold fast to worn arguments and old attitudes, who fail to see your families like their families and who would deny you the rights that most Americans take for granted."
TG: There's no prejudice against sodomites here. Their families are NOT like our families. They CAN'T have their own families. We're not looking to take away their rights. They have the SAME rights as any of us. Free speech, religious liberty, the right to bear arms, the right to be secure in their property, etc. including the right to marry a member of the opposite sex.
"We seek an America in which no one feels the pain of discrimination based on who you are or who you love," he said.
TG: They can love whoever they want. That doesn't make perverted sexual behavior acceptable or healthy.
The president noted that he has signed a memorandum extending some federal benefits to LGBT families and is urging Congress to pass the Domestic Partners Benefits and Obligations Act, which would mean the extension of health care benefits.
TG: Ah! They want benefits. That means they want to take money out of my wallet and YOUR wallet.