Rainbow Rascal
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Letter to Bigot in Chief

Dear President Obama:

I am writing to demand that you, as my elected official, act now to achieve full civil rights for gays and lesbians without further delay. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “A right delayed is a right denied.” Delay and excuses are no longer acceptable!

I will take this opportunity to remind you of your promise as a Presidential candidate in June 2007:

“While we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do. Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is about who we are as Americans. It’s about whether this nation is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens with dignity and respect.” (emphasis added)

It is apparent from this and other statements by you that you are aware of the problems encountered by gay and lesbian Americans. Despite your awareness, you continue to perpetuate the injustices suffered by the gay and lesbian Americans that elected you.

Among the issues which you have promised to address are 1) supporting full federal rights of gay and lesbian couples, 2) fighting workplace discrimination, 3) repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and 4) expanding adoption rights. The lack of action on these issues by you and the Congress is reprehensible. The “change” about which you so eloquently spoke during the campaign appears to belong that the old adage of “the more things change; the more they stay the same.” I am quite certain that you would not advise Rosa Parks to move from her seat, so don’t suggest that the gay and lesbian citizens of America should “wait their turn” for full civil rights.

I will specifically address the issue of federal recognition of gay and lesbian relationships as it is the issue most applicable to me and my partner. You have said that you support “civil unions.” As President of the United States and as a constitutional scholar, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF! Separate is NEVER equal! My partner and I have been in a committed relationship for nearly 13 years. Our relationship is no less deserving of federal recognition than the relationship between your mother and father was when you were born r the relationship between you and your wife.

I urge you to support full civil rights for gay and lesbian Americans so that all of us can be protected equally by our government.  I will be watching throughout the year to see how you advocate on these issues that mean so much to me, my partner and this great nation.

No Delays! No Excuses! Full civil rights NOW,

Rainbow Rascal

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