- Posted April 13, 2012 by
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Obama: No Ban on Gay Bias
In a move that has already raised the ire of members of the gay community, President Barack Obama has decided not to issue an executive order that would ban discrimination against gay workers of employers with federal contracts.
For those one-issue voters, of which there are many in the GLBT community, the decision is upsetting to say the least. The man that many voted for and still are supporting as President of the United States continues to not live up to expectations.
While the President has made moves which the gay community has applauded - removing the barrier of gays serving openly in the miliatary, refusing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) - he also continues to be a disappointment for many of those supporters and activists.
Reportedly both the Labor and Justice Departments had signed on to the gay discrimination ban and ready to implement the policy. However, earlier this week the President decided to not follow through.
To me this points out why voters, whether gay or straight, should not base their vote on just one issue, but rather, look at the candidate or proposed legislation as a whole. Often we may find that one thing that a politician stands for which is appealing and look no farther. Yet, if we would stop and look beyond such a myopic view and survey the entire scope of the politician, we may find his/her opponent may match our overall view more so than the one who targets our special cause.
The totality of a candidate's positions is often more telling than a more narrowed focus on one or two issues. This is even more true in local and state elections. That is why you may often find voters voting this person or that person into office over the opposing candidate who may even be of the same political persuasion.
In this case of the President not banning gay discrimination among federally contracted employers, the President has shown that political expediency is more important to achieve a win in the fall rather than taking a stand which may be used to defeat him by those on the right.
Sadly too many of my fellow members of the gay community only see life through a singular prism. While generally speaking the Democrat Party is more sympathetic and more ready to align with gay issues, we must discount any candidate on the singular issue. We must learn to look at the full policy positions of a candidate.
Sure we may get a favorable vote on a gay issue then turn around and be bitten on a fiscal issue or a healthcare issue.
From the Cornfield, while I do wish the President had signed the executive order to ban gay discrimination by federal contractors, I am a realist and know that any politician does only that which is in his or her best interest for the next election...and not necessarily a particular interest group.