I will be the first to admit that until very recently I never paid a lot of attention to this issue. It seemed like there was a lot of 'hot air' on both sides and at times it was difficult to figure out what was fact and what was fiction.
The past few days I have read and watched a lot more on this topic. What is clear to me now is that the reform we were promised by Obama during the campaign is far, far from what we are going to get - if we get anything at all. Another thing that is becoming increasingly clear to me is that the Democrats what to simply pass a bill - any bill. I am sick of hearing Senator after Senator appear on the news shows and say we need to pass this bill - regardless of how bad it is - and try to build on it or CORRECT it in a few years.
This to me is simply politics as usual. Pass anything so that we don't hurt our standing in the next elections and deal with the "real important" issues later. Why the hell not DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME!
A few days ago my hero, Howard Dean came out against the bill and said it needed to be re-written, today two powerful Unions came out against the bill. The SEIU saying in part ....
President Obama must remember his own words from the campaign. His call of "Yes We Can" was not just to us, not just to the millions of people who voted for him, but to himself. We all stood shoulder to shoulder with the President during his hard fought campaign. And, we will continue to stand with him but he must fight for the reform we all know is possible.
So far in the first year of Obama's presidency he has not full filled his promises to the gay community and now the AFL-CIO and SEIU unions are saying he is not full filling his promise. It seems the rest of the country is figuring out what many in the gay community have figured out months ago.