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In response to LGBT outrage over the Obama administration’s fierce advocacy of DOMA, Barney Frank issued a statement yesterday defending the administration.

Now that I have read the brief, I believe that the administration made a conscientious and largely successful effort to avoid inappropriate rhetoric. …

It was my position in that conversation with the reporter that the administration had no choice but to defend the constitutionality of the law. I think it is unwise for liberals like myself, who were consistently critical of President Bush’s refusal to abide by the law in cases where he disagreed with it to now object when President Obama refuses to follow the Bush example. …

… after rereading this brief, I do not think that the Obama administration should be subject to harsh criticism in this instance.

If you had any doubt that Barney was a party hack first and a civil rights advocate second last, you might be disappointed. Barney is upset that his big fundraising gala, featuring an appearance by Joe Biden (who voted for DOMA) is under fire. Barney would like all the queers out there to sit down, shut up, and sign a few checks. Your civil rights can wait. Barney wants your money.

The Obama administration says it will take action on LGBT equality eventually, probably, they guess. They’re thinking some time before 2016 they might have some time for that. I’m thinking that any gay, bi, or trans citizen who gives the Democrats another nickel is a damned fool.

Barney doesn’t speak for our community. Barney speaks for his party. Barney’s party has made it clear that it doesn’t give a tinker’s dam about LGBT equality.

Note to Barney: Thanks, but no thanks. We’ll speak for ourselves.


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Michelle ObamaPolitirazzi calls Michelle Obama a “new gay icon” in connection with her address to a gay Democratic group yesterday. Mrs. Obama was the keynote speaker at a fundraising dinner in New York for the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Council of the Democratic National Committee (the GLLC). I can’t find any video of the speech, but word is that she bowled them over, receiving a standing ovation from the 200 or so well-heeled donors. Reuters quotes her as saying:

Barack believes that we must fight for the world as it should be, a world where together we work to reverse discriminatory laws like DOMA and ‘don’t ask, don’t tell. The world as it is should be one that rejects discrimination of all kinds. …

Nothing we have to do over the next four or eight years is going to be easy. There will be powerful forces who believe that things should stay just as they are, that everything is fine, and that’s where you all come in.

Your voices of truth and hope and of possibility have got to drown out the skeptics and the cynics.

Politirazzi, noting that Elizabeth Edwards has spoken in favor of same-sex marriage and that even Laura Bush and Lynne Cheney have publicly opposed a constitutional amendment to ban it, says Michelle Obama’s “style is second to none and based on what we’ve seen from other politician’s wives in the past, it’s a safe bet that Michelle Obama will have no problem being as full throated in support of LGBT equality, as her husband is calculating, on the issue of gay marriage.”

Well, I hope so. Michelle has the brains, the personality and the looks to be just about any kind of icon she wants, so if she wants to be a gay icon, I imagine the community will warm up to her pretty quickly.

Read more:

Michelle Obama speaks to gay Democrats (“Tales from the Trail” blog on Reuters)

Obama’s wife says he’ll fight for gay equality (Associated Press)

Michelle Obama: New gay icon (Politirazzi)

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