Sunday, October 2, 2011

Via Pedantic Political Ponderings:

Praise: President Obama at the Human Rights Commission last night

Last night, President Obama spoke at the Human Rights Commission.  The video begins with a speech by outgoing head of the HRC Joe Solmonese.  Mr. Obama begins to speak at about 9:55 into the video.

Here are a few lines that caught my ear:

Every single American:  gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, every single American deserves to be treated equally in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of our society.  It's a pretty simple proposition.

The President is, of course, correct.  Equality is called for in the Founding Documents of the United States of America.  It is a simple concept, but will not be a simple achievement.

The President went on to enumerate his important achievements on that path to full equality

  • The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Law
  • Executive Order that hospitals that accept Medicare must allow same gender partners as visitors
  • Lifting of the HIV travel ban
  • Comprehensive National Strategy to fight HIV/AIDS
  • Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT)
make the jump here to read the full Pondering

Via AmericaBlogGay: Obama castigates GOP prez candidates: Commander in Chief must support gay troops

The highlight of the President's speech at the Human Rights Campaign's annual dinner was his sharp rebuke of the GOP presidential candidates for refusing to say a word while several members of the audience at the last debate booed a gay soldier. Here's that snippet, from Igor Volsky of ThinkProgress: