President Obama honored Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month with a White House reception Monday where he likened the struggle for gay rights with the struggle of African-Americans for civil rights.
With first lady Michelle Obama at his side, the president told the cheering crowd filling the East Room that his administration would work to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gays in the military.
"I know that many in this room don't believe that progress has come fast enough, and I understand that," Obama said. "It's not for me to tell you to be patient any more than it was for others to counsel patience to African-Americans who were petitioning for equal rights a half-century ago."
The "don't ask, don't tell" policy bars military officials from asking about a service member's sexual orientation but also bars the service member from revealing it, and allows the dismissal of a service member if a same-sex orientation is discovered.
"I believe preventing patriotic Americans from serving their country weakens our national security," Obama said to applause. Ending the policy requires an act of Congress and will take time, he added.
Proof once again of how much Barry and his mostly white, liberal staff continues to take the black vote for granted. Despite the fact that homosexuality is an immoral and unhealthy lifestyle choice, Barry still insults Black Americans in this country by equating the two. The "Stonewall Riots" vs the Middle Passage? No comparison. Continued discrimination faced by blacks in regards to access of income, education, housing, healthcare and criminal justice vs. that for gays? Again, no comparison. Blacks going back-n-forth on race vs. gays going back-n-forth on their sexuality? Funny that. If Barry's going to let the mostly white, male, liberal gay movement bully him into passing their wayward agenda, fine. Just don't insult the history of blacks and racial oppression in this country while you do it.