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Gays, Guts and Reality: What Time Is the Right Time to Keep Obama's Promises?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Peggy Drexler

During the campaign, there was a belief that, in the same way African Americans saw Bill Clinton as the first black president, Obama would be the first gay president. That hasn't happened.

California Removed As Defendant In Federal Gay Marriage Lawsuit

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A judge has agreed to remove the state of California as a defendant in a lawsuit challenging the 1996 law that prevents the ...

Sam Stein

Obama Wants Quick "Change," Not "Repeal" Of Don't Ask Don't Tell (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama said over the weekend that he would like to tackle the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy "sooner rather than later." But i...

Four Reasons for Hope on LGBT Rights and the Obama Administration

Carlos A. Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlos A. Ball

I want to find reasons to still believe that the Obama Administration will do the right thing for LGBT people, and do it relatively soon.

Olbermann: Obama Stonewalling On "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Keith Olbermann brought on author and noted gay rights activist Dan Savage to discuss whether President Obama is stonewalling on "Don't Ask, Don't Tel...

Get Politics Out of the Bedroom and Politicians' Bedrooms Out of Politics

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Here's the deal America should make with our politicians. You stay out of our bedroom, and we'll stay out of yours.

Gut Check

Kate Clinton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Clinton

As much as I was fully prepared to be disappointed in the Obama administration, I am surprised by my disappointment. They seem to have other priorities than full civil rights for LGBT people.

Obama's Upcoming Hush-Hush Damage Control Meeting With Gay Leaders

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

The political carrots Obama dangled before us as campaign promises are now looking like merely empty rhetoric that was used to court our votes and to collect our campaign dollars.

I Ask President Obama for Full Equality for my Gay Son

Randi Reitan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randi Reitan

I ask you with tears in my eyes, with pain in my heart and with a mother's enduring love for her dear children, please bring equality, true full equality to my son and to all in the gay community.

Obama Invites Gay Rights Advocates To White House

New York Times | Sheryl Gay Stolberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As advocates for gays and lesbians intensify their criticism of the White House, President Obama has invited some of their leaders to an East Room rec...

The White House, the Gays, and Lessons to Learn

Lane Hudson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lane Hudson

Optics matter, they need to match the rhetoric and the reality. Part of the anger surrounding this announcement is that the White House was trying to claim credit for more than they were doing.

Same-Sex Benefits For Americans Abroad May Be Hard To Implement

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama signed a memorandum last week extending some benefits to same-sex domestic partners of federal employees, but implementation po...

White House Staffers Concede "Frustration" On Gay Rights

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last night, Center for American Progress President and CEO John Podesta moderated a panel at the American Constitution Society convention that include...

Gay Rights Lawyers Say Obama Refused Requests For DOMA Dialogue

The Plumline | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two prominent gay rights lawyers litigating high-profile cases against the Obama administration tell me that their requests to meet with administratio...

Stonewall Dems Complain DNC Cut Their Funding, Drop Support From Biden Event

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The board of directors of the National Stonewall Democrats are dropping their support for a June 25 DNC fundraiser with Vice President Joe Biden over,...

Where Is My Martin Luther Queen?

Max Mutchnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Mutchnick

Why isn't the gay community being more demanding of this president? And why isn't he more understanding of our position? It's time for us to lose our patience. It's his job to be our leader.

Gay Rights Advocates Not Satisfied By Obama's "Very Small Step"

AMERICAblog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ah, those pesky details. As you may have heard, President Obama tomorrow will be signing a presidential directive, not an executive order, providing ...

Obama Pressed To Recognize Same-Sex Marriages In 2010 Census

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

One of the country's most junior Congressman is pressing President Obama to broaden the official recognition of same-sex married couples. U.S. Rep. M...

Obama Offers Gays a Consolation Prize of Extended Benefits

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

I hate to be the one to explain this struggle to the first black president, but the equality movement is not a grab bag of rights. You don't get to reach in and see which prize you've won.

Human Rights Campaign Pulls Out Of Major DNC Fundraiser

AMERICAblog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's over, folks. A lot of us have been saying that if the Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay civil rights group in Washington, were to pull its a...

Human Rights Campaign Knocks Obama For Defending DOMA

AMERICAblog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay civil rights lobby, just sent a letter to President Obama in response to the homophobic brief Obam...

In His Own Words: What Obama Promised The Gay Community (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama surprised and disappointed many this past week when his Department of Justice defended the Defense Of Marriage Act in court. Daily Kos...

Obama Defends DOMA

AP | LINDA DEUTSCH and LISA LEFF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

LOS ANGELES — Gay rights groups expressed dismay with the Obama administration Friday over its championing of the Defense of Marriage Act, a law...

Gay Pride Reminds Us That Love Can't Be Legislated

Jason Mannino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jason Mannino

Love is not something for which we can fight. Fortunately, love is not tangible. It cannot be given or taken away by government legislation.

Gay Rights Groups Growing Impatient With Obama

Politico | BEN SMITH & JONATHAN MARTIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama's promises of change are falling short for one core Democratic constituency: gays and lesbians, whose leaders say Obama's admin...