I wanted to take a minute from the many issues at hand to express my personal and sincere appreciation to President Barack Obama for his administration’s decision to stop defending the unjust and unfair Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.
The right of any person to marry the person they love must be an inalienable right, and I look forward to the eventual removal of this discriminatory law from federal books.
This decision follows on the heels of a decision to end another discriminatory policy, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. I applauded the president for his leadership on that effort, as well.
President Obama’s courage and clarity of vision is a testament to his commitment to civil rights for all Americans. As a public servant first, and as a gay man second, I wholeheartedly thank the President, U.S. Attorney General Holder and the men and women of the U.S. Department of Justice for this important step forward.
You can read more about the President’s decision here
America’s best mayor: Sam Adams of Portland, Oregon.
Jimmy Carter is putting the out in outspokenness. In an interview with bigthink, the former president was asked, “Is the country ready for a gay president?”
“I would say that the answer is yes,” he said. “I don’t know about the next election, but I think in the near future.”
Sam Adams, the mayor of Portland, Ore., hopes that the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” will help persuade “the collective conscience of the United States that gay people are just the same as anybody else. We shouldn’t have to die in the closet. The irony is, as mayor, I marry people, but I can’t marry Peter, my longtime partner.”
Read the rest at my mayor’s Tumblr: samadamspdxor.