Ellen Sturtz is unhappy with this administration and its policies on gay issues*.
When Barack Obama was running for President in 2008, I thought he was serious about protecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from workplace discrimination.
See, that was your first mistake, lady.
[Obama] made two key promises — that he would sign an executive order providing workplace protections by federal contractors, and that he would help pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), ending workplace discrimination by all employers.
Hey, there’s the second mistake! You still think that ENDA is a legislative priority for the Democratic party. Spoiler warning: if it didn’t pass in the 109th Congress – you know, the one with Democratic super-majorities in both the House and the Senate – it’s because the Democratic leadership didn’t care whether it passed or not. Or care enough to bother going through the trouble and tedium of passage, at least**.
I contributed to the campaign…
Annnnnd that’s the third. The check cleared, ma’am. Your business with the administration is concluded.
For those wonder who Ellen Sturtz is, and why they should care: she’s the person who heckled the First Lady earlier this week at a DNC fundraiser. You know, the one where Michelle Obama threatened to stomp off in a huff. As you might have guessed, Ms. Sturtz is rather upset about this administration’s attitude towards her primary activist focus; as you might also have guessed, the level of my sympathies is pretty close to nil. But that may be simply because Ms. Sturtz seems to think that all she has to do is announce her problem loudly enough for the President to hear. The idea that President Obama hears her just fine, and simply will not help her, does not seem to be part of her calculations…
*More specifically, its policies on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues… which is itself out of date; the current alphabet soup has a couple of more letters to it at this point. Speaking as a same-sex marriage supporter, they might as well just change it to “Everybody except monogamous heterosexuals” issues and save the rest of us valuable slouching-towards-reductio ad absurdum time.
**But they did pass Obamacare! …Which will not in fact make it easier for gay couples to acquire family health insurance***, although it probably could have come up with some overreaching mandated access policy. God knows that the Democrats were not shy about passing their wish list otherwise.
***I am actually not particularly opposed to creating a more flexible definition of ‘family’ coverage; in fact, I’d like to see considerably fewer regulations and limitations placed on acceptable insurance policies to begin with… actually, who the heck says that we need to determine ‘acceptable’ insurance policies, anyway? Oh, right, the federal government. That’s why we’re in this mess in the first place.