Alex Okrent’s Blog: Equality is a Moral Imperative
I suppose some would complain that since the election has heated up, I’ve covered too serious of topics, forgetting my ordinarily laugh at the world self and instead substituting for more serious topics (hence the “seriously”). Well, this post is no exception… seriously.
Some will remember President Elect Obama’s (no I don’t think I’m being too premature) open letter to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community from February 2008. Reading that letter now, as Obama’s campaign comes to a close and American’s cast their votes, I find myself wondering, “Does he mean it?” We all remember the promises of Bill Clinton – taking our money and passing laws such as “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and “the Defense of Marriage Act.” We don’t ALL particularly fault Bill Clinton for these measures, but it was certainly a slap in the face to those of us that put our hearts and money where our mouths were. Granted, I did not vote for Bill Clinton in his 1992-1996 bid, I was too young to vote – but I was listening, and I was aware.
In the wishy washy game of politics, there’s just no way to know whether or not we will experience the same slap from Barack Obama. Considering his more recent commentary that he is against “gay marriage,” it looks as though we are set for failure; however, I have a dream, but more than that, I have hope.
To read the full text of Obama’s Open Letter to the LGBT Community, please see Alex Okrent’s Blog at: