After Obama’s Dept of Justice just fired off a letter to the United States Supreme Court trashing gay and lesbian couples over the issue of DOMA, (PDF!) after the Big Gay Fundraiser that the Vice President was intended to preside has all but collapsed. Now with the call that the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Community get a “divorce” from the Democratic Party – Now… the DOJ wants to meet with us. Now….there’s a problem and they’ve realized it.
One example in that letter:
…a new and nonsensical argument the administration has advanced suggesting that the federal government needs to be “neutral” with regard to its treatment of married same-sex couples in order to ensure that federal tax money collected from across the country not be used to assist same-sex couples duly married by their home states. There is nothing “neutral” about the federal government’s discriminatory denial of fair treatment to married same-sex couples: DOMA wrongly bars the federal government from providing any of the over one thousand federal protections to the many thousands of couples who marry in six states. This notion of “neutrality” ignores the fact that while married same-sex couples pay their full share of income and social security taxes, they are prevented by DOMA from receiving the corresponding same benefits that married heterosexual taxpayers receive.
The Gay Community is rightly pissed off. Andrew Sullivan writes in a piece called “Cut Off The DNC’s Money“:
One way to get the Obama administration’s attention on civil rights is for gay people to stop funding the Democrats. That’s all these people care about anyway when it comes to gays: our money. If the Democrats refuse to support us, refuse to support them…No cheering him at events while he does nothing to follow up on his explicit promises.
And he’s right. The GLBT Community has been nothing more than an ATM machine for the Democratic Party for decades. It’s time it stops. The Dems want Gay Money – The Dems better find a way to do something for the Gays.
The Obama Justice Department has reached out to major gay rights organizations and scheduled a private meeting for next week with the groups, in an apparent effort to smooth over tensions in the wake of the controversy over the administration’s defense in court of the Defense of Marriage Act. Tracy Russo, a spokesperson for Justice, confirmed the meeting to me, after I posted below that top gay rights lawyers were miffed that administration lawyers had rebuffed their requests to meet and discuss ongoing litigation involving DOMA. At the meeting — which hasn’t been announced and is expected to include leading gay rights groups like GLAD and Lambda Legal — both sides are expected to hash out how to proceed with pending DOMA cases.
Let ’em keep reaching. Next week will mark the 40th Anniversary of Gay Pride when the gay community fought back against the New York Police Department for being treated like third and fourth class citizens. Let the Democrats get a taste of rejection like we’ve felt for decades now. When the Democrats realize that the Big Gay ATM machine just got unplugged for a couple of years…They’ll be giving the GLBT Community rebate checks on all of those extra-taxes we’ve been paying that heterosexual couples didn’t have to pay.
Initially, the DOJ decide to ignore the GLBT and refused to meet with them. Within hours, literally – there was a tenative meeting established between the DOJ, Lambda Legal and GLAD. Now, before I even get to finish writing this post; House Equality Caucus Vice Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) publishes this piece about the Obama/DOMA Letter:
DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT (DOMA)
There is good and bad news but nothing that can’t or won’t be overcome in time.
The bad news — The Justice Department filed a brief supporting DOMA. I read it. First of all, it wasn’t necessary to file a brief at all, especially one that asked for the entire lawsuit to be dismissed. Very disappointing. I was unaware that it was coming, as were all of the House members.
The good news – Just this week, the President, in unequivocal terms, called for the repeal of DOMA. He said, “Among the steps we have not yet taken is to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. I believe it’s discriminatory, I think it interferes with states’ rights, and we will work with Congress to overturn it.” Rep. Jerry Nadler, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, is working on a DOMA repeal bill that he plans to introduce after the July 4th recess. I’ll be on it.
Hrmm… When the gays grab their purses and begin beating up the Obama Administration over discrimination and promises made on that stellar campaign trail of his, things start happening mighty quickly, don’t they?! Pam Spaulding has Schakowsky’s entire letter available.
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