The substance, however, is just as lacking in Mr. Hope as it is in the She-Clinton or McCain, reports Outright Libertarians:
Barack Obama has endorsed segregation based on sexual orientation in a recent campaign missive to LGBTQ voters:
I personally believe that civil unions represent the best way to secure that equal treatment.
It's particularly disappointing, though not surprising, that the Democratic front-runner would embrace 'separate and unequal' while providing an Orwellian discourse on 'equality.'
Obama provides a laundry list of other things he promises he'll try, maybe possibly, if he can get around to it, to get done as president:
Unlike Senator Clinton, I support the complete repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) – a position I have held since before arriving in the U.S. Senate. While some say we should repeal only part of the law, I believe we should get rid of that statute altogether.
So has the Senator introduced legislation to do this in the Senate now? Nope.
I have also called for us to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Has the Senator supported companion legislation in the Senate for the already-House-introduced MREA that would end the anti-gay policy? Nope.
I have worked to improve the Uniting American Families Act so we can afford same-sex couples the same rights and obligations as married couples in our immigration system.
Actually, Obama has done nothing other than declare he opposes UAFA because it will 'facilitate immigration fraud.' That's quite a hilarious contention -- that a few hundred people would slip through the system under UAFA -- when thousands get marriages of convenience under the existing marriage system.
Once again, Barack Obama is demanding a separate, more difficult arrangement for same-gender couples than for heterosexual ones. And he's done nothing legislatively or otherwise related to UAFA other than refuse to cosponsor the bill.
I will never compromise on my commitment to equal rights for all LGBT Americans. But neither will I close my ears to the voices of those who still need to be convinced.
In other words, Obama will send a couple of open letters to gay people when he wants their votes, but will insist that anti-gay discrimination is a legitimate 'alternative choice' that deserves equal consideration.
Imagine if a presidential candidate had made similar commitments to 'not close his ears' to the voices of KKK supporters in the 1960s vis-a-vis equal rights for black Americans.
Is it true? Is Barack Obama an empty suit on gay rights issues?
Or is the grim reality the fact that the electorate as a whole are unwilling to embrace full civil rights for gay American citizens, and that in terms of electoral success queer issues are more of a third rail than Social Security?
But at least on this issue it seems that Barack Obama stands more for rhetoric than reality.