Washington Post: Leaders Absent In the LGBT Rights Struggle

Yesterday the Washington Post published the editorial “Leadership on Gay Rights: President Obama isn’t the only one falling short.“:
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FULL EQUALITY for gays and lesbians is the civil rights issue of our time . . . [Ending] institutional discrimination based on sexual orientation requires leadership. Pity there’s not enough of it coming from either end of Pennsylvania Avenue.

President Obama ran as a candidate of change. Perhaps no other community took that to heart more than the gay community . . .[but] there’s been no visible movement on [his] pledge.

. . . But why is he the only target? Overturning “don’t ask, don’t tell” and DOMA require legislation. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) have been content to sit on the sidelines while Mr. Obama takes the hits. This can’t continue. Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Reid must exert the necessary leadership in their respective chambers to pass bills the president has promised to sign. Until then, they deserve as much criticism and blame as Mr. Obama for impeding the long march to equality.

Sounds about right.

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