Did I say you legally can be fired in 29 states in America due to your race or religion? Dang. I meant sexual orientation. You can be fired because you are gay, no matter how well you are doing your job, in 29 states. In America. While Obama is president and head of the Democratic party, which claims to support gay equality. Even though it did not pass ENDA, the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, which would protect gays from job discrimination, or repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, when Democrats controlled Congress and the White House from 2009 to 2011.
In fact, in September 2009, at the height of their powers, Democrats showed their true colors on gay equality and told gays that they would definitely repeal DOMA and pass all the laws needed to ensure gay equality as soon as hell froze over, but not a minute before. (Democrats do not deserve any credit for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” because they didn’t do it until it was clear that the Log Cabin Republicans were about to prevail in their lawsuit to overturn the policy.)
And now, true to their word, Democrats are resisting including a plank in the party platform giving unequivocal support just for marriage equality, never mind protection from job discrimination.
Obama’s status of “evolving” on gay marriage took a baby step this week when he was cornered into releasing a statement through a surrogate that he “does not support” — which isn’t quite the same as opposing, is it? — a North Carolina referendum that would “make marriage between a man and a woman the only marriage the state would recognize.” The referendum will be voted on in North Carolina’s May 8 primary ballot.
Come November, Washington state, Minnesota, Maryland and Maine will have referendums on marriage equality on their ballots, so it will be instructive to see how far leftist gays will push Obama and the Democrats to deliver on their promises of support for gay equality. One of the most powerful strategies they could use to succeed in this is to start making a big show of willingness to hear lesbian and gay conservatives explain what fiscal conservatism has to offer the gay community. Show them that gays DO have options. Dear Human Rights Campaign, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, GLAAD and PFLAG: it’s called leverage, and I’m ready when you are.