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Posted: 6/17/2009 3:30:10 AM EST
CNN Link

WASHINGTON (CNN) –– President Obama will sign a memorandum Wednesday granting health care and other benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees, two senior administration officials said.

President Obama has been criticized by gay rights activists for not doing more since taking office.

The signing will take place in the Oval Office and follows sharp criticism of the president over a Justice Department motion filed last week in support of the Defense of Marriage Act –– which opposes same-sex marriage –– that used the government's interest in opposing incestuous marriages to support its position against same-sex marriage.

Gay and lesbian advocates have also faulted the Obama administration for not moving to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bars officials from asking about a service member's sexual orientation but also bars the service member from revealing it.

The president rankled gay advocates before his inauguration when he named megachurch pastor the Rev. Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his swearing-in. Warren, in an interview with Belief.net, likened homosexuality to bestiality and incest. He also supported California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in that state.

During the Warren controversy, Obama –– who frequently spoke in favor of gay and lesbian rights during the campaign but has said he opposes same-sex marriage –– declared himself "a fierce advocate for gay and lesbian Americans."
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 3:31:30 AM EST
well that should shut em' up for a little while.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 3:31:49 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 3:32:18 AM EST
Political pandering by handing out scraps and crumbs.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 3:35:03 AM EST

Originally Posted By VTHOKIESHOOTER:
Political pandering by handing out scraps and crumbs.

Between the gays and the minorities, I'm not sure if we'll ever see a conservative, or even a Republican for that matter, in office again the way things are going.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 3:37:51 AM EST
Originally Posted By shootemup:

Originally Posted By VTHOKIESHOOTER:
Political pandering by handing out scraps and crumbs.

Between the gays and the minorities, I'm not sure if we'll ever see a conservative, or even a Republican for that matter, in office again the way things are going.


I'm convinced that Republicans really need to step away from gay issues. Gays marrying isn't going to be the end of the world. They are tax payers. Get them concerned about free markets, liberty and fiscal conservatism.

Now, there is a possibility that gays are also born with the socialist gene. If that's the case then......
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 3:38:11 AM EST
Well shit if he is going to try and appease everybody that complains to him about something not being fair maybe we can bitch a little louder and see what happens.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 3:40:10 AM EST
This is better than redefining marriage I suppose
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 3:44:18 AM EST
Sweet any federal employees want to get married?

I wont do the dishes cook or clean it would be just like a normal marriage with out the head games... I almost added sex but then I remembered married guys don't get any anyways.

hell in fact it will be better because I will live at my house.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 3:45:52 AM EST

Originally Posted By VTHOKIESHOOTER:
Originally Posted By shootemup:

Originally Posted By VTHOKIESHOOTER:
Political pandering by handing out scraps and crumbs.

Between the gays and the minorities, I'm not sure if we'll ever see a conservative, or even a Republican for that matter, in office again the way things are going.


I'm convinced that Republicans really need to step away from gay issues. Gays marrying isn't going to be the end of the world. They are tax payers. Get them concerned about free markets, liberty and fiscal conservatism.

Now, there is a possibility that gays are also born with the socialist gene. If that's the case then......

I don't care what they do so long as it doesn't concern me. However, there's no good reason to paired up gays preferential tax treatment as compared to single people. I would rather just do away with all the benefits, gay and straight, and have us all on a level playing field rather than hand out more undeserved entitlements. Oh well, equality is just a word to manipulate with for certain segments of society. It's the only "bigoted" conservatives who have been screwed by our welfare society who really understand its meaning - equal, good or bad.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 3:47:01 AM EST
Originally Posted By bclark1:

Originally Posted By VTHOKIESHOOTER:
Originally Posted By shootemup:

Originally Posted By VTHOKIESHOOTER:
Political pandering by handing out scraps and crumbs.

Between the gays and the minorities, I'm not sure if we'll ever see a conservative, or even a Republican for that matter, in office again the way things are going.


I'm convinced that Republicans really need to step away from gay issues. Gays marrying isn't going to be the end of the world. They are tax payers. Get them concerned about free markets, liberty and fiscal conservatism.

Now, there is a possibility that gays are also born with the socialist gene. If that's the case then......

I don't care what they do so long as it doesn't concern me. However, there's no good reason to paired up gays preferential tax treatment as compared to single people. I would rather just do away with all the benefits, gay and straight, and have us all on a level playing field rather than hand out more undeserved entitlements. Oh well, equality is just a word to manipulate with for certain segments of society. It's the only "bigoted" conservatives who have been screwed by our welfare society who really understand its meaning - equal, good or bad.


I agree 100%
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 3:48:20 AM EST
How much is this expected to cost?

Link Posted: 6/17/2009 3:49:46 AM EST
Originally Posted By wasnme:
well that should shut em' up for a little while.


right, i get the feeling that this is not something he really cares about but does because his numbers are starting to fall. but that is who he is, every decision he makes is one that is based on how it will effect public opinon. thats why this guy is scary and not good for the country- he enables demagoguery and only does things if it helps him, not the country.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 3:50:40 AM EST
So, do the gays actually have to be "married" or living in a state that recognizes such "marriages", or can two guys or women simply shack up and claim that they are "married" to get the benefits?
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 3:59:40 AM EST
Vote democrat
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 3:59:48 AM EST
IMPEACH!
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 4:12:08 AM EST
I'm sure Bonnie Frank is ecstatic.
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