‘It’s hard to believe that this president doesn’t get it’

Lambda Legal’s Leslie Gabel-Brett has an op-ed at Bloomberg.com about Obama and LGBT equality. It says a lot:

Dig deeper into the administration’s actions regarding the rights of married same-sex couples, and the story gets worse. Lambda Legal is representing Karen Golinski, a federal court employee who is married in California but has been denied the health insurance coverage for her wife that is available to other married judicial employees.

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that insurance must be provided to end the sexual-orientation discrimination against Golinski. Yet the federal Office of Personnel Management has refused to comply with the judge’s orders, citing the Defense of Marriage Act. Lambda Legal is now suing the federal government to compel it to follow the orders of the federal appellate court’s chief judge and provide equal benefits to the lesbian employee for her family.

It’s hard to believe that this president doesn’t get it. As an elected official in Illinois, he favored legalizing marriage for same-sex couples. Once on the national stage, he retreated from that posture in favor of civil unions, arguing that religious doctrines differ on the definition of marriage.

Any law professor knows that religious beliefs are different from the state’s civil-marriage rules, as marriage is an institution managed by government for people of all faiths and those of no faith.

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