The Washington Blade reports that Legislation to that has been prepared and waiting to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act will have to wait a bit longer and won’t see introduction before the Supreme Court rules on Prop 8 and The Edith Windsor case this June
A number of LGBT advocates familiar with the legislation, which has been known as the Respect for Marriage Act, told the Washington Blade its lead sponsors — Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) in the House and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in the Senate — are delaying introduction until after the expected court ruling in June.
Fred Sainz, HRC’s vice president of communications, said his organization supports the decision to postpone introduction of the bill until after a decision is reached in the DOMA case, known as Windsor v. United States.“The lead sponsors of the RMA have decided to wait until after the court rules in Windsor,” Sainz said. “We support that decision and look forward to continuing to work with them to advance this important legislation.
Now really. How many of you out there really believe that the HRC had no imput on this decision with Nadler and Feinstein?
Where on the outside it seems to make sense to wait, remember if the Supreme Court does find in favor of Edith Windsor their decision just invalidates Section 2 of DOMA. Mark my words in June after SCOTUS is done good or bad then it will be pushed back until after the midterm elections which is what HRC and the Democratic Party wants because they don’t want a hot button issue like this being debated on the floor before elections.
The Gill Action Fund is an issue advocacy organization founded in 2005 by philanthropist and entrepreneur Tim Gill to provide resources to individuals and organizations on both the Democratic and Republican side of the aisle working to advance equality for LGBT people through the legislative, political, and electoral process..
Tim Gill today has announced that he has named Kirk Fordham, a gay Republican the new head of his Action Fund,” who the Denver Post reports first political job was working for then-U.S. Rep. Jim Imhofe, a conservative Oklahoman
Many LGBT “advocates” and even the The Victory Fund is praising the choice saying: ”Kirk practices a bi-partisan approach to problem-solving that has earned him the respect of many friends on both sides of the aisle.
But here’s the problem. What they DON’T mention is that Kirk was Chief of Staff for the anti-gay closet case Mark Foley and hateful Tom Reynolds or that Kirk was directly involved in an effort to cover up Foley’s instant messages and contacts with 16 year old pages. It seems we are to simply forget that Kirk’s Washington career took place during the most anti-lgbt administration years and he was a Republican first and a gay man second pocketing money and furthering his GOP career upon the backs of the LGBT community
This is just ANOTHER of gay whitewash’s that has been happening in the press and our community when it comes to “gay republicans” who did some heinous things in the past and participated in the most anti-gay elections in US history and not being held accountable “because they might be able to do some good”
The idea of hiring Kirk and embracing Mehlman to bridge this gap between the GOP and and LGBT Equality is delusional at best and a strategy that is so flawed it will just push us even further back. We need to face facts if Ronald Reagan himself came back from the grave and urged Republicans to vote for LGBT equality, it would not make too much of a difference, as long as the GOP is controlled by crazed extremists.
The utter lack of integrity, strength, and a winning strategy within the LGBT Community, its organizations and its media is the real downfall of our community and why we get no where fast.