Caslon's analysis of the recent carfluffle with the Obama administration

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    Jun 18, 2009 5:24 AM GMT
    Although the Dems control the House, Senate and Presidency, there are a number of Dems who come from conservative districts and are therefore hesitant to back gay rights legislation. In addition to which the president is trying to get through major legistlation on finance and health care reform.

    Therefore, the president was/is moving more slowly on gay rights legislation than the gay community wanted. However, gays were keeping pretty cool until that nasty ass brief was filed by a lawyer in the DOJ for a defense of the DOMA act. Well, it turns out that that DOJ lawyer is a hold-over republican who had written essentially the same brief in 2004 under the Bush administration.

    The insulting language in that brief hit like a crystal seed in a super-saturated solution and the gay community exploded. This forced the president to take the only action he legally could and signed a pretty insignificant memorandum for federal employees.

    However, the outburst from the gay community appears to have taken the breaks off of the go-slow plans of the Obama administration and action on DOMA and DADT will be forth coming.

    What we need to do is be contacting our congressmen and senators and letting them know that they have constituents to whom this is important.
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    Jun 18, 2009 5:29 AM GMT
    all praise the wise and perfect caz. he hath spoken. amen. (was that too obsequious?)
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    Jun 18, 2009 5:37 AM GMT
    dancerjack saidall praise the wise and perfect caz. he hath spoken. amen. (was that too obsequious?)

    One can never be too obsequious, silly boy!
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    Jun 18, 2009 7:35 AM GMT
    As to the language of the brief, I want an explanation from the president as to how such language go past him. I do not want to see him cower, but an explanation and an apology will go along way. I also want Eric Holder, the US Attorney General, the either request termination or at the very least a demotion of the said lawyer, if that is within his power as US attorney. I understand the DOJ was doing its job of upholding the current law, but the language of said brief was criminal, IMO.

    And yes, as Caslon said, we must keep the pressure on.