Achieving Equality in a Two-Party System

2012 July 16
by admin

Todd Fernandez, whose byline refers to him as a “Gay human rights activist,” writes a provocative piece on The Huffington Post in which he argues that as a community, we haven’t been demanding enough. He especially argues against pressuring only one of our two major political parties.

I don’t agree with everything he says there, particularly his downplaying of the significance of President Obama’s historic acknowledgment that he now believes (“privately”) that “same-sex couples oughtta be allowed to get married.”

This is the time when, if we were aggressive and independent, we would be pinning them [Obama and Romney] both down for more, dangling our vote instead of promising it yesterday. A few major donors did this somewhat, in forcing Obama to actually endorse marriage equality before giving to his campaign wholeheartedly, but there’s no attached legislative plan to actually do anything federally about marriage discrimination, so it rings hollow and forecasts nothing.

— Todd Fernandez, “Romney Includes ‘Sexual Orientation’ in NAACP Speech While the LGBT Movement Plays a One-Party Game,” 13 July 2012, Huffington Post

I know that we still have a long way to go, but I like giving credit where credit is due, and Barack Obama’s publicly stating his support for same-sex marriage is NOT nothing, in my view.

Here is the link to the article:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/todd-fernandez/romney-obama-lgbt-equality_b_1666125.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices

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