Saturday, December 20, 2008

Barack Obama's Changiness or Change?

I'm joining with Geof Kars in an attempt to allow Obama an opportunity to redeem himself and show the people if he stands for change or changiness, inclusion or exclusion of progressives and/or LGBT Americans. According to Kars:

...if President-elect Obama truly believes in our equality and that his vision of "One America" includes us, and yet won't withdraw his invitation to Rev. Warren, there is something he can do to show that he is the ardent supporter of LGBT equality he claims.

Mr. Obama can and should immediately:

1. Invite one of the multitude of amazing LGBT faith leaders to join Reverend Warren onstage and allow for an additional invocation, showing the world that many LGBT people are people of faith and that we are a part of the faith community.

2. Announce that he will move forward comprehensive legislation to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity -- and provide equality in rights and benefits for same-sex couples -- in his first year in office. Not piecemeal but the whole kit and caboodle.

We have the most LGBT-friendly Congress in decades, and there is no time like the present to end discrimination once and for all.

We can live in a nation that treats every one of its citizens with fairness, equality, and dignity. Yes, we can.

It would be wonderful if Obama stands up for what he has promised--positive changes and an inclusive not exclusive government. It would be wonderful to celebrate the inauguration of our 44th President. Many folks who donated their time and money are hoping they will be able to join the inaugural celebration.

So now the ball is in Obama's court. Let's hope he makes a game winning play.

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