WH finally answering gay emails. Readers don’t seem impressed.

Dear John,

Four months ago, I wrote to President Obama the first letter I have ever written to a politician concerning gay rights issues. My partner and I of 16 years are not what I would consider activists by any means. But I had finally reached my fill of Mr. Obama’s empty and broken promises and felt compelled to tell him how disappointed I was with his fierce advocacy. I did not receive a timely reply.

Now that we are within a stone’s throw of the November election, I received the attached (and re-printed) response from the White House today — ostensibly from the President himself. In this email, he touts all of the progress he has made on our behalf. He is a liar, and I do not believe that he ever had any intention of supporting our causes. In fact, I have serious concerns that he is in reality actually opposed to the repeal of DADT on his watch. The rhetoric he has spouted has never been backed up with action. I do not care if Rush Limbaugh is running against this man come 2012, I will not vote for him again.

Incidentally, I find it sickly humorous that he gives a link to the whitehouse.gov civil rights page for “more information” about his administration’s efforts, and only one of these “efforts” are mentioned on the page.

All the best to you and yours.

—–Original Message—–
From: The White House – Presidential Correspondence
Sent: Thursday, October 07, 2010
To: xxxxxxxxx
Subject: Thank you for your message

Dear Friend:

Thank you for writing. We must stand united to protect liberty and justice for all our citizens, and I appreciate your perspective on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights.

My Administration has taken a number of steps to address issues affecting the LGBT community. Leading by example, I extended benefits to same-sex partners of Federal employees in the Civil and Foreign Services. I also signed a Presidential Memorandum directing hospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds to give all patients the compassion and security they deserve in their time of need, including the ability to choose who can visit them and make medical decisions. To help take on discrimination in all its forms, we are working to ensure that core Federal housing programs are open to all, and I signed landmark legislation that strengthens protections against hate crimes based on gender identity or sexual orientation. We also ended the ban on entry to the United States for people living with HIV/AIDS, and we issued the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

While we have made great strides, much work remains to achieve full equality for LGBT individuals. I stand by my commitment to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and Pentagon leaders are ensuring we can change this in a way that strengthens our Armed Forces and national security. I have urged Congress to pass the bipartisan Domestic Partners Benefits and Obligations Act, and I support extending the over 1,100 Federal marital rights and benefits to same-sex couples. I support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, as well as legislative repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Adoption rights must also be secured for LGBT families, and we need to ensure our children are free to learn in supportive environments in school.

To learn more information about my Administration’s efforts to create a more open and tolerant society, please visit:
www.WhiteHouse.gov/Issues/Civil-Rights.

Sincerely,
Barack Obama


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