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04/13/2009

An affair to dismember: Are social conservs losing gay rights affection?

by Jeremy Hooper

So this is sort of interesting. Writing for the uber-conservative Heritage Foundation, Jennifer Marshall (a former Family Research Council staffer) and Katherine Bradley have cobbled together the 12 Obama administration policies they see as "undermining civil society." They are:

1. Discouraging Charitable Giving.
2. Blocking Educational Opportunity for Low-Income D.C. Students.
3. Reducing Abstinence Education.
4. Rolling Back Conscience Protections for Health Care Professionals.
5. Subsidizing Planned Parenthood.
6. Restricting Parental Notification and Expanding Family Planning.
7. Using Tax Dollars to Finance Abortion Abroad.
8. Taxpayer Funding for Controversial, Unproven Embryonic Stem Cell Research.
9. Violating Religious Groups' Equal Access on College Campuses.
10. Rolling Back Successful Welfare Reform.
11. Expanding Dependence on Government.
12. Leaving a Legacy of Debt to Future Generations.
The Dirty Dozen: 12 New Policies That Undermine Civil Society [Heritage Foundation]

Notice anything missing? Yes, that's right: Despite the administration's announced commitments to various pro-LGBT pushes, Marshall and Bradley have neglected to mention even one gay rights policy. Not Don't ask, Don't Tell, not DOMA, not inclusive hate crimes legislation. NOTHING.

Now, this of course doesn't mean that their proverbial towel has been completely thrown in, and that the far-right noise machine is going to go silent once these various fights are ramped up. But considering that for the past decade or so, a gay couldn't swing an unadorned ring finger in socially conservative circles without hitting one man and one woman harping about the need to protect the same, this failure to include a bullet point that fails the administration for including gays does seem somewhat notable.

We certainly welcome the breakup. These folks have been making a mess of our houses for far too long.

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It makes me wonder if they don't believe Obama is fully committed to lgbt issues, or if they don't believe pro-lgbt legislation can be passed.

Or maybe they're just in a complete state of denial.

Posted by: Bonnie_Half-Elven | Apr 13, 2009 12:52:10 PM

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