October 14, 2009

Obama Has Work Cut Out For Him to Move LGBT Rights Issues Forward

From CNN:

As thousands gathered Sunday in Washington for a march and rally focused on gay rights issues, lawmakers showed that some of the demonstrators' key goals face major obstacles ahead.

Even with President Obama pushing Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act -- a stance he highlighted to one of the nation's leading gay-rights groups Saturday night, to huge applause -- members of his own party told CNN they're not in lockstep.

"I've said in the past I don't think that's the way to go," Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania, told CNN's John King.

He added, "We can move forward on a lot of measures, but I'm not sure there's the support yet for that."

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, noted that her state is one of many that has a law prohibiting same-sex marriage. "So I think, for a number of us, that becomes a challenge," she said.

Stabenow would not say whether she would vote to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

Click here to read the rest of the CNN analysis, including the parts that could move quickly through Congress.

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