Obama on Spot as Rulings Aid Gay Partners

Mar 13, 2009 | Posted by: Rick in Kansas | Full story: www.nytimes.com

Just seven weeks into office, President Obama is being forced to confront one of the most sensitive social and political issues of the day: whether the government must provide health insurance benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.

In separate, strongly worded orders, two judges of the federal appeals court in California said that employees of their court were entitled to health benefits for their same-sex partners under the program that insures millions of federal workers.

But the federal Office of Personnel Management has instructed insurers not to provide the benefits ordered by the judges, citing a 1996 law, the Defense of Marriage Act.

As a presidential candidate, Mr. Obama said he would “fight hard” for the rights of gay couples. As a senator, he sponsored legislation that would have provided health benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.

Now, Mr. Obama is in a tough spot. If he supports the personnel office on denying benefits to the San Francisco court employees, he risks agitating liberal groups that helped him win election. If he supports the judges and challenges the marriage act, he risks alienating Republicans with whom he is seeking to work on economic, health care and numerous other matters.

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“equality for ALL means ALL”

Since: Jan 07

Fort Lauderdale FL

#492 Mar 21, 2009
The Golem wrote:
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Is no one else willing to tell this bigot that his hatred is as evil as the homophobes? Is this a Xtians only posting board? Is racism tolerable when it comes from a gay man?
If it was the least bit unclear, I also deny that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah or that I willburn in his imaginary Hell because of my opinions.
I haven't figured out yet if he is serious or if he is just trying to needle Enoch.(Notice he is not saying it to you.)

“Queer love is here to stay.”

Since: May 07

Los Angeles

#493 Mar 21, 2009
Tony C wrote:
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I haven't figured out yet if he is serious or if he is just trying to needle Enoch.(Notice he is not saying it to you.)
I'm sure that Enoch is his primary target, but he has said the same thing to me specifically in the past. In all events, it is still racist and anti-semitic.

Even as a joke there are some words that should not be used here and some things that should not be said.
Short Left Index Finger

Toronto, Canada

#494 Mar 21, 2009
john wrote:
<quoted text>Who should pay the cost of your AIDS treatment?
Lesbians don't get A.I.D.S. so it wouldn't cost you anything.You straight guys would forget your brain if it wasn't attached to your pants

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#495 Mar 21, 2009
Short Left Index Finger wrote:
<quoted text>Lesbians don't get A.I.D.S. so it wouldn't cost you anything.You straight guys would forget your brain if it wasn't attached to your pants
You are WOEFULLY IGNORANT !

ANYONE can contract AIDS if they are NOT careful !

“"Beau-Se'ant”

Since: Jan 09

Manchester

#496 Mar 21, 2009
Tony C wrote:
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I'm married and monogamous. Period.
I know with 100% certainty I have not ever cheated and never will.
I know in my heart my husband never has and never will, either.
But I don't trust you as a straight man, frankly. You guys are notorious for getting a little on the side.
Still waiting for that definitive statement from the medical community. Get stuck on your research?

“equality for ALL means ALL”

Since: Jan 07

Fort Lauderdale FL

#497 Mar 21, 2009
The Last Templar wrote:
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Still waiting for that definitive statement from the medical community. Get stuck on your research?
Since my statement was limited to ME and YOU, personally, unless there is a medical study of ME and YOU, you're out of luck.

I stand by my statement. You are more likely to get AIDS than I am.

The point is you can't keep painting all gay people with a broad brush. Learn from your mistakes.

“MARRIAGE IS 1 MAN and 1 WOMAN”

Since: Nov 08

Chicago

#498 Mar 21, 2009
The Golem wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm sure that Enoch is his primary target, but he has said the same thing to me specifically in the past. In all events, it is still racist and anti-semitic.
Even as a joke there are some words that should not be used here and some things that should not be said.
Good point.

EnochSpeaks
Short Left Index Finger

Toronto, Canada

#499 Apr 11, 2009
john wrote:
<quoted text>Who should pay the cost of your AIDS treatment?
Lesbians don't get A.I.D.S.

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#500 Apr 11, 2009
When is Obama and his Obamaniacs going t repeal DOMA & DADT ???
Shady Lady

Barrington, IL

#501 Apr 11, 2009
I know what DOMA is, what is DADT?

“Queer love is here to stay.”

Since: May 07

Los Angeles

#502 Apr 11, 2009
Shady Lady wrote:
I know what DOMA is, what is DADT?
Don't Ask Don't Tell.
Bob

Colorado Springs, CO

#503 Apr 11, 2009
Short Left Index Finger wrote:
<quoted text>Lesbians don't get A.I.D.S.
Really?
Better check before you make such stupid comments.

Homosexuality is pandemic.
Mankind is doomed.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#504 Apr 11, 2009
Daniel P from Long Island wrote:
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You are WOEFULLY IGNORANT !
ANYONE can contract AIDS if they are NOT careful !
Actually only people infected with HIV are likely to develop AIDS. A lesbian is statistically the least likely person to contract HIV, assuming she's not an iv drug user.
Short Left Index Finger

Toronto, Canada

#505 Apr 19, 2009
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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Actually only people infected with HIV are likely to develop AIDS. A lesbian is statistically the least likely person to contract HIV, assuming she's not an iv drug user.
And most likely to have one hour,multiple and clitoral orgasms with a monogamous partner.

“MARRIAGE IS 1 MAN and 1 WOMAN”

Since: Nov 08

Chicago

#506 Apr 21, 2009
DOMA and DADT are still the law of the land!

EnochSpeaks

“MARRIAGE IS 1 MAN and 1 WOMAN”

Since: Nov 08

Chicago

#507 Apr 21, 2009
Daniel P from Long Island wrote:
When is Obama and his Obamaniacs going t repeal DOMA & DADT ???
NEVER!

EnochSpeaks
Short Left Index Finger

Georgetown, Canada

#508 Apr 21, 2009
EnochSpeaks wrote:
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NEVER!
EnochSpeaks
Go live in Jamaica,where you belong,you radical heterosexual separtist.And get your handwriting analyzed by a graphologist.

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#509 Apr 21, 2009
He's b-a-a-a-a-c-c-c-k-k....

“DC Police Complaint #T14002751”

Since: Nov 08

Swift Water,NY

#511 Aug 14, 2011
Johnal wrote:
Is it true he no longer has a license to practice law in Illinois?
Michelle also?
<quoted text>
Yes,you are correct.

“equality for ALL means ALL”

Since: Jan 07

Fort Lauderdale FL

#513 Jan 17, 2013
EnochSpeaks wrote:
DOMA and DADT are still the law of the land!
EnochSpeaks
Look what changes in just a few years.

This douchebag was so sure DADT would stand. And it's gone.

All his vicious ranting - guess what Enoch? WE WERE RIGHT. You were wrong. Let's savor that for a moment. Ahhh.

Next stop: DOMA.

Prepare to lose again!

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