The Obama Admin., and Pres. Obama, are going to toss us a bone--probably hoping to shut us up for awhile--with the promise of "benefits" to gay partners in Fed. government--except that the benefit not included is health care, and that takes Congress to add that perk.
Well: that should shut us up about DADT and DOMA and ENDA and travel for our partners with HIV bans being overturned.
And while it reflects an incremental movement of inclusion--a Bill Clinton move if I've ever seen one who loved to do things via incrementalism--this is an important small step, I guess.
So: how does this impact Joe and James, Mary and Louise, LGBTQ partners in the rest of the US who are not part of the Federal government?
Except for symbolism, not one wit.
All it was meant to do was mollify us:
But administration officials said the timing of the announcement was intended to help contain the growing furor among gay rights groups. Several gay donors withdrew their sponsorship of a Democratic National Committee fund-raising event next week, where Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is scheduled to speak.
Please write Pres. Obama and whitehouse.gov, and tell him: More, and sooner rather than later. I did.
You can too.
Here's the article with a click.