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The White House Just Gave Gays a Justice Dept. Liasion. Happy Now?


After yesterday announcing a toned down — but repetitive — stance on the Defense of Marriage Act, the White House’s lawyers at the Department of Justice announced they’re going to make another in-road with the homosexies. No, they’re not going to come out and apologize for that first Smelt v. USA brief that compared same-sex marriage to uncle-niece marriage, but they are providing a DoJ gay liaison!

His name is Matt Nosanchuk. He’s a former legal adviser to Florida’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson — who, we should mention, in 2006 voted no on a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, and in 2002 voted to add sexual orientation to hate crimes protection laws. Nelson “will be the front office point person on LGBT issues for the DOJ Civil Rights Division,” according to Tobias Wolff, who chaired the president’s National LGBT Policy Committee during the campaign.

It’s unclear what, exactly, Nosanchuk will be doing, but we imagine it will involve lots of press releases and trying to calm anger among the gays that his boss is not, in fact, their fierce advocate. Which is great news for Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, ’cause he’s tired of you hounding him!

Anyways, here’s his CV:

* State Research Director and Regional LGBT Vote Director at
Obama for America
* Senior Policy Fellow at
Third Way
* Of Counsel at Collier Shannon Scott, PLLC

* Litigation Director and Legislative Counsel at Violence Policy Center
* Minority Counsel at House Judiciary Committee, U.S. House of Representatives
* Senior Counsel at
U.S. Department of Justice
* Attorney at Miller, Cassidy Larroca & Lewin
* Judicial Law Clerk at Hon. Walter J. Cummings, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

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  • Cam

    His job is just to sit there and say things like “Oh, this language may upset the gays, change the wording, but leave the meaning the same.

  • Rick


    Will he show us to out very own drinking fountains, too?

  • D-Sun

    Just another table scrap flicked to the floor by the Obama administration to give the dog something to chew on because it’s been barking too much.

    Once again, he does the absolute MINIMUM that he can do to appease the gay community; without actually DOING anything.

  • Prof. Donald Gaudard

    Queerty should follow up and find out what his duties and responsibilities are. Who does he report to? Does he have access to Obama? Is he limited by anti-gay Rahm Emanuel? What input does he have on legal strategies, writing of briefs, etc? What will his role be on the upcoming brief due in the Gill v. OPM case? These are just a few of the questions which need to be answered. If history is prologue, this is Obama just trying to appease the noise-makers of the gay movement. Queerty, prove me wrong!

  • rudy

    Bill Nelson?
    I’ll have to be careful to not confuse him with Senator BEN Nelson – a total scumbag.

  • uschoice

    This is just another piece of the smoke and mirror construct put in place to make Americans FEEL as though they have a voice but is in fact ignored. Just like the “new”,, and all the other websites that have gone up in the year.

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