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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Obama is Gay!
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Obama is Gay!
Let me clarify this: phuckyou.

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...and the birthers squeal as Obama shoves it up their collective asses.

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...and the birthers squeal as Obama shoves it up their collective asses.
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NO! YOU "Squeal". You voted for him.
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NO! YOU "Squeal". You voted for him.
And how do you know that, birtherfraud?

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And how do you know that, birtherfraud?
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Admit it!

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And how do you know that, birtherfraud?
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YOU are a disgrace to Pennsylvania and the USA.
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Admit it!
It would seem the majority voted for him so stop with the whining! Very unbecoming of you sore Loser! LoL

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It would seem the majority voted for him so stop with the whining! Very unbecoming of you sore Loser! LoL
We have a very dangerous situation when the "majority" can be duped to vote for a Traitor and a Fraud.

"Sore loser",horse hockey. America has lost. Obama IS a Traitor.
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poor lady, still awash in a sea of denial, bitterness and insignificance. Great job, rube.

cry-a-thon: Day 81

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We have a very dangerous situation when the "majority" can be duped to vote for a Traitor and a Fraud.
"Sore loser",horse hockey. America has lost. Obama IS a Traitor.
No, America is crushing the screwball righties.

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poor lady, still awash in a sea of denial, bitterness and insignificance. Great job, rube.
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What "Lady". Michelle? She is NO Lady.But she IS "Awash in a sea of denial".Her Husband is NOT President. "Bitterness".," First time she is proud of her country" when her Husband got to usurp the Presidency and "Insignificance". There is no "Office of the First Lady" in the Constitution.

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No, America is crushing the screwball righties.
YOU commie liberals will be CRUSHED like ants.,you traitors.

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YOU commie liberals will be CRUSHED like ants.,you traitors.
Wow, good comeback LOL, use the same word I did but IN ALL CAPS. Impressive.

Nobody is more unAmerican than the righties - they're the ones talking about secession every time they don't get their way - how patriotic! Maybe Canada will take you...probably not. Maybe Russia will take you.

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Wow, good comeback LOL, use the same word I did but IN ALL CAPS. Impressive.
Nobody is more unAmerican than the righties - they're the ones talking about secession every time they don't get their way - how patriotic! Maybe Canada will take you...probably not. Maybe Russia will take you.
I know that Obama would fit right in,in Russia. Word is that he WAS a KGB agent at one time.

"I will have more flexibility when I am re-elected" Obama to the Russian Dictator Putin.

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I know that Obama would fit right in,in Russia. Word is that he WAS a KGB agent at one time.
"I will have more flexibility when I am re-elected" Obama to the Russian Dictator Putin.
ooooh spooooky...but only to stupid people.

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ooooh spooooky...but only to stupid people.
And Obamatoids like YOU.

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<quoted text>And Obamatoids like YOU.
No, we're smart.

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No, we're smart.
NO, YOUR ass "Smart(s)" from being F*&%ked by Obama.
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A sore teabagger like you would know about a smarting ass.

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