Book Review - Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage

January 23, 2011

Obama and the Gays
Tracy Baim has followed Obama’s political career from the beginning and she has identified Barak Obama as the “only documented case of a mainstream political figure moving against the cultural tide on marriage equality.” Mr. Obama’s evolution from a supporter of “gay rights, same-sex marriage; increased AIDS funding, abortion rights, affirmative action” to a “whole new formulation about traditional opposite marriage” is clearly documented in the book, and Ms. Baim asserts that Obama’s change of positions, “God’s in the mix.”

Last week, Obama’s administration once again argued in court against repealing the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act.” And even though Congress has passed an act allowing the repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law, it remains in full force today. Mr. Obama and Congress have taken absolutely no action to outlaw discrimination against gay and lesbian people in employment, housing or public accomodation.

Mr. Obama campaigned using a message of “Change” and “Hope” but has failed the LGBTQ community in meeting his campaign promises to us.

Tracy Baim’s new book documents what Mr. Obama has promised, what he has done, and what he has failed to do.