I’ve been gone for the past couple of days and while I was away it seems as if the gay world and politics have collided and not in a good way. While I might be a little late to the game but it seems as if DOJ is upholding DOMA and not giving good reasons why they may hold such an archaic law in place.
This folks is what I was talking about in my posts around election time. Over and over the gay community is courted for their votes by politicians with promises of equality and fairness when all the politicians are suffering from are delusions of political grandeur. Where does that leave the gay community? It leaves us again smarting from a wasted vote. Perhaps; but what is more troubling is the fact that the minute these politicians say something pro-gay our community goes racing to put said person on a pedestal. Is it idol worship? To some extent yes and frankly it burns us a lot. We are so quick to canonize those that “seem” to be pro-LGBT we don’t take a moment to step back and say what happens if…? For example, “What happens/or what does it mean if our President stands during a national debate and says he believes that marriage is between a man and a woman?” Or, “What happens if a hypocritical piece of legislation is passed and our President or Congress doesn’t say anything?” Or, “What happens if those politicians we voted for deem it the States job to define marriage 50 times though-out the nation?” Better yet, “What happens or what do we do, as a gay community, considering a week after DOJ/Obama Administration issues a statement upholding DOMA (which the Obama Admin said would be repealed), when the same Administration wants to invite us to a DNC LGBT Leadership Council Dinner/fundraiser?”
Yes you heard right, a week after Obama’s Administration is to gutless to stand up for the gay community and hides behind a weak DOJ brief regarding the ruling on Prop 8 they want us to donate our hard earned cash for a LGBT dinner. FUCK THAT!
We as a gay community need to boycott this dinner/fundraiser thing. We need to hold our political figures whom woo us for our votes to a higher standard and make them deliver on their promises. Or at least stop them from speaking out against us on rulings. I mean if member s of Congress and Obama’s Administration can stand in front of camera’s and say things like gay marriage can be decided on a State to State basis perhaps I should save my money for my State governance system. Or better yet perhaps I should save $30,400 (the max donation that a gay can give at this NDC dinner/fundraiser event) for the health care that my partner isn’t provided for because health care benefits aren’t provided to gay couples.
This disgusts and infuriates me. It is presumptuous and sickening. I say we boycott until Congress and the Obama Administration stands up and asks the world to understand and accept us instead of asking us for more money. We boycott until Obama and his people say DOMA and DADT are miscarriages of justice and do not provide the LGBT Community equal rights and benefits. We boycott until we see Congress, Obama, and Obama’s Administration grow a set. Because remember the DNC is asking for at least a $1000 for the LGBT Leadership Council dinner but the little brief the DOJ released said the following
“It is therefore permitted to maintain the unique privileges [the government] has afforded to [different-sex marriages] without immediately extending the same privileges, and scarce government resources, to new forms of marriage that States have only recently begun to recognize…DOMA maintains federal policies that have long sought to promote the traditional and uniformly-recognized form of marriage, recognizes the right of each State to expand the traditional definition if it so chooses, but declines to obligate federal taxpayers in other States to subsidize a form of marriage that their own states do not recognize.”
So the government “declines to obligate federal taxpayers in other States to subsidize a form of marriage that their own states do not recognize,” well I decline to obligate my hard earned money to people who have nothing to show for it.
Did I mention the brief compares gay marriage to incest? Yeah, insult to injury much…..