It's a great speech. He covers all the important LGBT issues. A lot of words were said in 24 minutes. If you have the time, listen to it if you haven't already.
President Obama, you know the right things to say but have you ever heard that actions speak louder than words?
- Hate Crime Bill - Matthew Shepard Act - 14% of the hate crimes done are against the LGBT community.*
- DADT - Don't Ask, Don't Tell for our LGBT military yet since its introduction in 1993, over 13,000 troops have been discharged through 2008.*
- ENDA - Employee Non-Discrimination Act - there are states in the US that can still fire someone because they are gay!
- DOMA - Defense of Marriage Act - A law which allows States to violate the fundamental right to marriage under due process clause. This law illegally discriminates and violates the Equal Protection Clause. Some States have allowed for marriage equality and others are trying to get to that point but are being blocked by the right wing religious bigots. We are asking for equal rights from the State and Federal government.
Almost a year in office and none of these important issues have been passed.
Can we stop discrimination sometime soon?
* from Wilipedia
57 minutes ago