8:27 PM, Jun 24, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Speaking at an LGBT event tonight at the White House, President Obama took credit for liberal LGBT progress since he took office six-and-a-half years ago.
Obama said, according to a White House transcript: "Together, we ended 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.' (Applause.) We passed a historic hate crimes bill named in part after Matthew Shepard. (Applause.) We lifted the HIV entry ban, and this summer, we’re going to be updating our national HIV/AIDS strategy which will focus on eliminating disparities that gay and bisexual men and transgender women face. (Applause.) We strengthened the Violence Against Women Act to protect LGBT victims. (Applause.) Hospitals that accept Medicare and Medicaid are now required to treat LGBT patients the same as everybody else. (Applause.) The pillar of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act was struck down by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional. (Applause.) Just yesterday, we announced that insurance companies that cover federal workers will no longer be able to prohibit gender transition services. (Applause.)"
He added, "When I became President, same-sex marriage was legal in only two states. Today, it’s legal in 37 states -- (applause) -- and the District of Columbia. A decade ago, politicians ran against LGBT rights. Today, they’re running towards them. (Applause.) Because they’ve learned what the rest of the country knows -- that marriage equality is about our civil rights, and our firm belief that every citizen should be treated equally under the law."
But what Obama failed to mention is that he opposed same-sex marriage when he came into office. "What I believe is that marriage is between a man and a woman … What I believe, in my faith, is that a man and a woman, when they get married, are performing something before God, and it's not simply the two persons who are meeting," Obama said in 2004.
"That doesn't mean that that necessarily translates into a position on public policy or with respect to civil unions. What it does mean is that we have a set of traditions in place that, I think, need to be preserved, but I also think we need to make sure that gays and lesbians have the same set of basic rights that are in place.
"I don't think marriage is a civil right."
9:09 PM, Jun 20, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama's week ahead includes an Iftar dinner and an LGBT reception. Via the White House schedule:
4:27 PM, Jun 8, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Hillary Clinton is coming to Washington, D.C. for an LGBT fundraiser tonight. "Clinton will be in Washington, D.C., on Monday night for a fundraiser hosted by and attended by predominantly lesbian supporters," reports the Huffington Post.
2:13 PM, May 26, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
The speed with which the transgender agenda is moving may end up making the same-sex marriage debate look slow and deliberative by comparison. And now Scholastic, the children's publisher that specializes in distributing and selling books through schools, is poised to bring the issue to a middle school classroom near you. The medium is George, the story of an eight year old boy named George who desperately wants to be considered a girl.
May 11, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 33 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
In January 2013, Rachel Cryer and her mother walked into Sweet Cakes By Melissa, a bakery in Gresham, Oregon, and tried to order a wedding cake. Aaron Klein, the co-owner (and Melissa’s husband), was informed Cryer would be marrying another woman. He apologized and told them that providing a cake for a same-sex wedding violated his Christian convictions. Cryer walked out of the store.
A looming problem for Christian family service agencies.May 11, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 33 • By JERYL BIER
As federal, state, and local governments continue to expand their laws and regulations regarding gender identity, conflicts over religious objections are sure to grow. Judging by an item on the website of the Department of Health and Human Services, one flash point could well be foster parenting.
8:15 AM, Oct 10, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA), 13 fellow members of Congress, and over 20 organizations sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in late Sept
7:31 AM, Jun 23, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
With much of the Obama administration's foreign policy in tatters, John Kerry is clear on at least one goal he hopes to achieve by the end of his time as secretary of state: having lesbian, bisexual, and transgender ambassadors representing the United States.
3:26 PM, May 16, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Secretary of State John Kerry has put out a statement "Commemorating International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia," which is today.
"Today of all days, we are reminded that the cause of justice can and must triumph over hatred and prejudice. This is a day of action for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities and their allies all over the world. It is time to reaffirm our commitment to the equality and dignity of all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity," said Kerry in a statement.
3:40 PM, Dec 20, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Human Rights Campaign says that Senator Chuck Hagel's expressed views on gay issues is "unacceptable." The LGBT rights organization is referring to Hagel's 1998 opposition to an ambassadorial nominee for being "openly aggressively gay."
"We need to wake up America."5:21 PM, Sep 6, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Cory Booker won’t say if he’s running for governor of New Jersey, but when I ask if he’s going to challenge Republican governor Chris Christie next year at the Democrats’ LGBT caucus meeting Thursday afternoon, he answers with a nervous laugh.
10:52 AM, Jun 17, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Big news at the White House. A tipster writes in to explain what's going on:
It's officially LGBT Pride Month at the Executive Office Building, across 17th street from the White House, where National Security Council and Office of Management and Budget employes, and all but the most senior White House staff, are housed. Posters are up on easels in every corridor. The injunction found in bold letters is: "Transcend Society's Unwritten Rules."
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