Say what you will, 2009 and 2010 have been good years for gay Americans under the presidency of Barack Obama. We helped elect the right man President of the United States. So yes, Mabel, there has been a difference.
First of all, the wrongs visited upon the lesbian couple in Miami a few years ago may be righted by an executive order the President authorized last week on his plane ride back to the Capitol from a Florida fundraiser. No longer will same sex partners be denied the right to visit their loved ones in a hospital. It’s our front page story, and it is a significant legal victory for same-sex relationships.
Second, President Obama continues to support measures to overturn the ban on gays in the military, effectively disarming the misguided proponents of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’.
Activists are genuinely and legitimately perturbed this has not happened more quickly. They have this newspaper’s support. Still, the bottom line is that the President has raised the issue and not run from it. The days of ‘DADT’ are grinding to a halt.