Hold Up

Obama ‘Has a Plan’ to Maybe, One Day, Sometime Soon, Possibly Do Something for Gays


What’s that? You have some crazy idea that President Obama has done nothing for gays? Sure, he hasn’t pushed for marriage equality, he has no tangible plans to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, he’s done nothing to provide same-sex partner health care benefits, he hasn’t voiced support for ending bans on gay adoption, and he has no words to share on yesterday’s victory in Maine, but does that mean he’s just sitting around doing nothing for us queers?

Of course not!

You see, he was kind enough to invite the leaders of gay rights organizations over the White House for tea. And to “plot legislative strategy on the hate crimes bill as well as ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.'” The Times says the White House is “aware of the discontent” from the gay community over Obama’s seemingly turning his back to it. (Obama, however, wasn’t at the meeting, but deputy chief of staff Jim Messina was.)

So it’s great to hear from HRC exec director Joe Solmonese, who was at the White House on Monday, that the Obama administration does “have a vision. They have a plan.”

Well! That better be good enough for all of you for another 100 days!

Hearing that Joe was at the White House on Monday and among those privy to Obama’s gay agenda, we quickly hopped over to HRC.org and HRCBackStory.org to see what details of this plan we could find out. What shocking details would we find? Deadlines in place? Strategy pointers? Well, there was none of that. Not a single mention of anything Obama’s team told Joe they were going to do. But they did have a lot of applause to hand out.