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Obama ‘Gives’ Benefits To Gay Partners

Buried in the ‘Politics’ section of the New York Times:

Gay rights activists protest last month outside a fundraiser in Beverly Hills attended by President Obama.

U.S. to Extend Its Job Benefits to Gay Partners

By JEFF ZELENY

June 17, 2009

President Obama will sign a presidential memorandum on Wednesday to extend benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees, administration officials said Tuesday evening, but he will stop short of pledging full health insurance coverage…

Mr. Obama will be weighing in for the first time on one of the most delicate social and political issues of the day: whether the government must provide benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. While he will announce a list of benefits, officials said, they are not expected to include broad health insurance coverage, which could require legislation to achieve

As a presidential candidate, Mr. Obama vowed to “fight hard” for the rights of gay couples. As a senator, he sponsored legislation that would have provided health benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees

He has sent private assurances, several activists have said, that he intends to do more in coming years. But some gay groups have grown impatient with the wary stance of the White House, particularly as a growing number of state legislatures have taken up the question of same-sex marriage and other issues important to gay men and lesbians.

In considering whether to extend health benefits to same-sex partners, Mr. Obama confronted divided legal opinions.

In California, two federal appeals court judges said that employees of their court were entitled to health benefits for their same-sex partners under the program that insures millions of federal workers. But the federal Office of Personnel Management has instructed insurers not to provide the benefits ordered by the judges, citing a 1996 law, the Defense of Marriage Act.

Joe Solmonese, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, wrote an angry letter to the White House on Monday about a decision by the administration to file a legal brief supporting the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.

“As an American, a civil rights advocate, and a human being, I hold this administration to a higher standard than this brief,” Mr. Solmonese wrote. “In the course of your campaign, I became convinced — and I still want to believe — that you do, too.”

The brief, filed in federal court last week, was in response to a lawsuit arguing that the marriage act is unconstitutional.

A White House spokesman said that it was standard practice for the administration to back laws that are challenged in court — even those it does not agree with — and that the president “wants to see a legislative repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.” Mr. Obama repeatedly backed repealing the act during his presidential campaign…

But administration officials said the timing of the announcement was intended to help contain the growing furor among gay rights groups. Several gay donors withdrew their sponsorship of a Democratic National Committee fund-raising event next week, where Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is scheduled to speak.

We fully realize that we are living in the quaint past when we wonder by what authority does the President mandate such a change.

While he will announce a list of benefits, officials said, they are not expected to include broad health insurance coverage, which could require legislation to achieve.

So how is Mr. Obama expanding any benefits at all? How are these unspecified benefits different from health benefits?

Back when they used to teach civics in school, we were told that the Constitution limited the executive branch to executing the legislation written by Congress.

What law if Mr. Obama enforcing here?

And if there is no law, by what right does he act?

Forget the hideous expense that this could entail. Forget the cost to our society in general.

Do we have a king or not?

A White House spokesman said that it was standard practice for the administration to back laws that are challenged in court — even those it does not agree with — and that the president “wants to see a legislative repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.”

A king or who talks out of both sides of his mouth.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Obama ‘Gives’ Benefits To Gay Partners”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    “With a wave of his burger greased fingers, “Barry the Dangler”bequeaths homo drones and lesbo’s benefits in the Federal Gubbamint sans Health Care.”
    Is there anybody…..someone that can heel this maddog?
    OUT OF CONTROL!!

  2. proreason says:

    “Do we have a king or not?

    You found the most important issue, Steve. Well done.

  3. Right of the People says:

    Obamious Rex, boy king.

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    I don’t care what the bennies are, it ain’t worth it. (bein’ gay that is).

  5. bronzeprofessor says:

    That protest happened, by the way, the day after he unveiled Sotomayor as SCOTUS pick.

    Here in Los Angeles, I can tell you one thing, the gays & lesbians are peeling away very very quickly. Most of them are not impressed with this extension of health benefits to federal employee partners, especially because it appears taht Obama is going to extend a public health plan to everyone in the country. Kind of like giving someone a free toaster the day there’s a toaster glut.


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