Of course, we have no choice but to vote for him, and his half step toward marriage equality even got me [after being DEMONIZED all over the Web for my previous criticism] to donate money I can ill-afford to his campaign. But, just as I feared, this video is another example of the dishonest lengths to which they’ll go. Bragging about ACTUAL accomplishments is kosher, but misrepresenting them is not.
First, the claim that HE lifted the ban on HIV+ visitors to the U.S. amounts to an outright lie. It was passed in the session of Congress BEFORE he was sworn in, signed even by the otherwise heinous Bush II, and was simply waiting on his desk January 20, 2009, for implementation. Yet, it inexplicably and inexcusably took his administration A YEAR to do.
Second, in addition to the misrepresentation of his role in DADT repeal that Pam identified, they, again, pave over the fact that SOLELY BECAUSE HE LET PENTAGON HOMOPHOBES GET AWAY WITH IT, gays and lesbians CAN serve openly now but not EQUALLY. Betraying his explicit promise to fight for the original repeal bill which would have included creation of A NEW FEDERAL LAW banning antigay discrimination IN the military, Commander-in-Chief Obama caved to the Pentagon’s demand that it be gutted. Thus, gay service members are OFFICIALLY denied protections against harassment and discrimination under the Military Equal Opportunity Program that nongay blacks, women, et al., automatically get. Further, contrary to the popular myth, not ALL benefits for gay military partners are banned by DOMA. Some, such as access to military housing, are banned simply, and arbitrarily, by Pentagon POLICY. Both of those could be instantly fixed by that proverbial stroke of the pen he’s so willing to use for other things but not gay equality.
And, while Romney has said he wouldn’t support a return of the ban, it IS possible for some future POTUS or Congress SOLELY because Obama inexplicably and indefensibly let his DOJ convince the Circuit Court to reverse the Log Cabin ruling that military antigay discrimination is unconstitutional.]]>
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