Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Yip-Yah, A Proclamation

President Obama has issued a proclamation declaring “June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.” (Full text here.)

Very nice, and it must be said that President Bush in his eight years never did anything of the sort. But I suppose I would feel a little better about the nice words if there was a little more to show for it than just a proclamation. I’m not asking for a full-fledged court press to overturn all the laws in all the states; as I said last week, I think that would be counter-productive in the long run. But I would like to see some movement on the things that the administration can do, such as put some English on the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Right now it sounds like all we’re getting is the “We’ll see” runaround.

And you might think that this is one issue the Obama administration would be ahead of Dick Cheney on, but he’s given more support to marriage equality than the president has.

Proclamations are nice, but backing it up with some real action would be even better. The smallest good deed outweighs the greatest good intention.

HT to Petulant.