Barack Obama and Joe Biden are laying it all out there with their new website, Change.gov, “the official website of the US Presidential transition.” In addition to have biographies of the new White House power couple, the site contains some policy initiatives, including civil rights-oriented pledges. Here’s what they say about hate crimes: “Obama and Biden will strengthen federal hate crimes legislation, expand hate crimes protection by passing the Matthew Shepard Act, and reinvigorate enforcement at the Department of Justice’s Criminal Section.”
We need to impress on the new administration the following:
1. Repeal DADT and DOMA.
2. Actively support a right to a CIVIL marriage, guaranteeing that religious organizations have the right to refuse to perform the religious RITE. Look to how France does it.
3. Push for passing ENDA with protections for transgendered people.
4. Actively enforce revoking 5.01.C(3) status on religious organizations that violate same by directly or indirectly attempting to sway politics. Case in point – the Mormon Church and California’s Proposition 8.
Feel free to cut and paste the above and submit it to the website.