Under a President Mitt Romney, there are at least 22 advances in LGBT civil rights delivered by President Barack Obama that most likely will disappear. While Nancy Pelosi and, to a far lesser extent, Harry Reid, have worked to support civil rights and protections for the gay community, Barack Obama has — sometimes with great fanfare, oftentimes in the shadows — delivered important advances.
Back in 2010, at Change.org, I wrote a somewhat controversial (at the time) article, “Obama’s Gay Rights Come With An Expiration Date,” which stated:
President Obama should know better than to incrementalize gay rights, and tie them to his presidency. And yet, that’s exactly what he’s doing.
President Obama has slowly and quietly doled out rights to the LGBTQ community. These are rights we should have by the very nature of our existence, rights that every other American has upon birth, but the president has doled them out cautiously, meekly, without pomp or circumstance, and, worse, he has tied them to his presidency.
This tactic is problematic for two reasons.
First, by expanding our civil rights by issuing executive orders and memoranda, President Obama’s gay civil rights come with an expiration date. Yes, that’s right. The rights he has decreed, without working through Congress, are tied to his presidency. Any of his successors can, simply with the stroke of a pen, wipe out all our hard-earned rights, just because he or she wants to. Do you honestly think the next Republican presidentÂ won’tÂ do that?
Today, the Washington Blade’s Chris Johnson posts a long list of 21 LGBT advances a President Romney could — with the stroke of a pen or incrementally — make disappear into a more progressive history.
Asking, “Would President Romney undo pro-LGBT advances?,” Johnson notes:
Many of the pro-LGBT advances that have happened under the Obama administration occurred through changes made by the executive branch rather than through legislation. Changes that were made without the consent of Congress could be reversed under an administration that wanted to cozy up to the religious right.
The Washington Blade has identified five regulatory changes and 16 sub-regulatory changes enacted by the Obama administration that could be reversed if Romney were elected to the White House. These changes include giving greater recognition to same-sex couples, protecting federal LGBT workers against discrimination and ensuring the federal government recognizes the correct gender of transgender people.
The one Johnson doesn’t include in his list of “five regulatory changes and 16 sub-regulatory changes” is the most-obvious: Obama’s support of same-sex marriage equality.
Here’s the list from the Blade:
The Administrative Procedures Act provides safeguards against politically motivated policy switches.Â Thus repealing the policies below would involve a multi-year process.
- The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopted a regulation ending the ban on HIV-positive visitors and immigrants.
- President Obama issued Presidential Memorandum in April 2010 directing HHS to issue regulations requiring all hospitals receiving Medicaid and Medicare to prohibit discrimination in visitation against LGBT people.Â HHS issued a final regulation that went into effect in early 2011.
- HUD issued final regulations in January 2012 prohibiting discrimination in federal public housing programs and federally insured mortgage loans.Â HUD also requires its grantees to comply with LGBT-inclusive state and local housing discrimination protections.
- The Office of Personnel Management published final regulations in the Federal Register expanding the eligibility for long-term care coverage to same-sex partners and sick leave to care for a same-sex partner.
- Â The federal Prison Rape Elimination Commission proposed national standards to reduce sexual abuse in correctional facilities, including standards regarding LGBT and intersex inmates. They were later instituted as a rule finalized by the Justice Department last month.
Sub-Regulatory Guidance/Policy Announcements
These are policy advances instituted by â€” and subject to the will of â€” the administration.
- The Department of Health and Human Services revised its funding guidance around abstinence-only-until-marriage sex education programs, requiring that recipient programs are inclusive of and non-stigmatizing toward LGBT youth.
- HHS, in partnership with the Department of Education and Department of Justice, launchedÂ stopbullyingnow.com.
- The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency recently released new 2011 Performance Based National Detention Standards.Â These new standards provide guidance that aims to improve treatment of LGBT and HIV-positive people in detention facilities.
- In summer 2011, ICE published a memo and clarifying guidance providing that an individualâ€™s family relationships, including a same-sex relationship, would be considered as a factor in labeling certain deportations as low-priority deportations.
- The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol announced a proposed regulatory change expanding the meaning of â€œmembers of a family residing in one householdâ€ for the purposes of the customs declaration form, which must be completed prior to re-entry to the United States.
- The DOJ issued an opinion clarifying that the criminal provisions of the Violence Against Women Act related to stalking and abuse apply equally to same-sex partners.
- The State Department revised the standards for changing a gender marker on a passport, making the process less burdensome for transgender people.
- In September 2011, the Social Security Administration confirmed that it ended the practice of allowing gender to be matched in its Social Security Number Verification System (SSNVS). This resulted in the immediate cessation of SSA sending notifications that alert employers when the gender marker on an employeeâ€™s W-2 does not match Social Security records.
- The State Department extended numerous benefits to the partners of Foreign Service officers, including diplomatic passports and access to emergency evacuation.
- The State Department reversed a Bush administration policy that refused to use a same-sex marriage license as evidence of a name change for passports.
- The Department of Education issued guidance clarifying when student bullying may violate federal law, distributed a memo outlining key components of strong state anti-bullying laws and policies and made clear to public schools that gay-straight alliances have a right to form and meet.
- The Department of Education published guidance and, in coordination with the Department of Justice, has pursued Title IX complaints filed by LGBT students experiencing harassment based on sex or sex stereotyping.
- OPM added gender identity to the equal employment opportunity policy governing all federal jobs.
- The Department of Labor issued guidance clarifying that an employee can take time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act to care for a same-sex partnerâ€™s child.
- The IRS clarified that domestic partners (and their children) can be designated beneficiaries for VEBA funding/payment purposes.
- The Census Bureau overturned the Bush administrationâ€™s interpretation of the Defense of Marriage Act and agreed to release data on married same-sex couples along with other demographic information from the 2010 Census.
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‘Don’t Mess With Me’: Speaker Pelosi Destroys Reporter for Asking if She ‘Hates’ Trump (Video)
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi addressed reporters late Thursday morning, and after concluding her remarks and answering their questions she walked off the stage, but stopped in her tracks when one reporter asked: “Do you hate the President, Madam Speaker?”
The Speaker whipped around, pointed her finger at him and responded, “I don’t hate anybody.”
“Don’t you accuse me,” Pelosi railed.
“I still pray for the president all the time,” she continued, a statement she has made repeatedly over the past few years.
“I was raised in a Catholic house. I don’t hate anybody,” the Speaker said, chastising the reporter. “Not anybody in the world.”
“As a Catholic I resent you using the word ‘hate,'” she added. “So don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 5, 2019
A Vice News senior political reporter says, “I’m not sure I’ve ever seen her this visibly angry.”
I've been covering Pelosi off and on for a decade. I'm not sure I've ever seen her this visibly angry. https://t.co/z1vVLXAniV
— Cameron Joseph (@cam_joseph) December 5, 2019
One Washington Post and CNN reporter tweeted she has never seen the Speaker that upset.
Wow Pelosi, leaving her presser, pauses and scolds a reporter for asking if she "hates" Trump.
She says "we don't hate anyone! …. As a Catholic i resent you using the word 'hate' … don't mess with me when it comes to words like that."
i have never seen Pelosi so upset.
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) December 5, 2019
Another Politico reporter called it a “very tense moment.”
Wow. Very tense moment just now as reporter in front row shouts question to Pelosi: Do you hate Trump?
"As a Catholic, I resent you using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me," Pelosi says, clearly agitated.
"Don't mess with me when it comes to a word like that."
— Sarah Ferris (@sarahnferris) December 5, 2019
The reporter who asked the question reportedly works for the right-wing Sinclair Broadcast Group:
Sinclair reporter James Rosen who asked Pelosi if she "hates the president" left Fox News last year after allegations he made sexual advances toward three female Fox News journalists, including two reporters and a producer. https://t.co/2V25ZEuD0p pic.twitter.com/XqS7pVGl09
— Anthony DeRosa🗽 (@Anthony) December 5, 2019
Pelosi Formally Requests House Draft Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald Trump: ‘Facts Are Uncontested’
A somber Speaker Nancy Pelosi addressed the nation Wednesday morning, invoking words from the nation’s founding documents, warning of a monarch king, to announce she is requesting the House of Representatives draft Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump.
NEW: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivers remarks on the impeachment inquiry: “In the course of today’s events, it becomes necessary for us to address, among other grievances, the president’s failure to faithfully execute the law.” https://t.co/HCZjWF2oa2 pic.twitter.com/qP7IO9jYaQ
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) December 5, 2019
“The facts are uncontested: The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit,” the Speaker charged.
“Our democracy is what’s at stake,” Pelosi added. “The president has engaged in an abuse of power.”
“The president leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 5, 2019
“With allegiance to our Founders,” the Speaker added.
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‘A President the World Is Laughing At’: Biden Releases New Ad Attacking Trump – and It’s Getting Widely Praised
Former Vice President Joe Biden, still the Democratic frontrunner, Wednesday night released an ad that has many people talking – it’s already been viewed 5.4 million times – and it’s getting praise from even non-Biden supporters.
The ad uses footage from the viral video of world leaders at NATO mocking President Donald Trump – a video that upset the American president so greatly he left London early, canceling a press conference and bilateral meeting, to head back to D.C.
The ad begins with Trump at NATO, the moves quickly to portions of the viral video showing Trump being mocked, and overlays text that reads, “A PRESIDENT THE WORLD IS LAUGHING AT.” It also overlays commentary from political pundits and journalists including Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough, and Wolf Blitzer.
Also in the ad is video of Trump being mocked at the United Nations.
It concludes with Biden declaring “The world sees Trump for what he is. Insincere, ill-informed, corrupt, dangerously incompetent, and incapable in my view of world leadership.”
It then cuts to Vice President Biden exiting Air Force One, conversing with world leaders – including those who mocked Trump – and shows him in the Situation Room.
“And if we give Donald Trump four more years,” Biden declares, “we will have great difficulty of ever being able to recover America’s standing in the world, and our capacity to bring nations together.”
It concludes with text that reads: “We need a leader the world respects.”
The world is laughing at President Trump. They see him for what he really is: dangerously incompetent and incapable of world leadership.
We cannot give him four more years as commander in chief. pic.twitter.com/IR8K2k54YQ
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 5, 2019
Here’s what some, including those who have not declared support for Biden, or have declared support for other candidates, are saying:
This is a really really good political ad – gets beyond the laughing and makes a deadly serious point about Trump’s instability and isolation. https://t.co/JxsadN4ltt
— Nicolle Wallace (@NicolleDWallace) December 5, 2019
Excellent ad. It (1) tells the truth, (2) shows Trump as a dangerous narcissistic fool, exactly how the world sees him, (3) focuses on the central issue of competence, and (4) will drive Trump crazy. https://t.co/2UVTTY4H3t
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) December 5, 2019
This is a really great (and overdue) ad. https://t.co/bWnyZBCs2T
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) December 5, 2019
I’m no Biden fan, but this is a good ad. https://t.co/VrFqINSHYO
— Thor Benson (@thor_benson) December 5, 2019
This is a very smart ad https://t.co/FhlBl4tLf9
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) December 5, 2019
Last week @KamalaHarris had the best ad. Today, @JoeBiden killed it. When McConnell starts seeing the poll numbers for his 23 incumbents and 11 challengers this winter, the dam is going to break. https://t.co/Lej4cKp03V
— Scott Surovell (@ssurovell) December 5, 2019
This is a very very good ad… https://t.co/i7w0il43hf
— Jason Johnson (@DrJasonJohnson) December 5, 2019
This is the best anti-Trump ad I’ve seen yet. Don’t be fooled by the MAGA spin that his base loves this, they’re draining the swamp, blah blah. Most Americans, especially swing voters, don’t want to be embarrassed by their President. They want America to be respected. https://t.co/998sAcAUwZ
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) December 5, 2019
Like him or not, this is a good ad. https://t.co/Z7LPJAfMTG
— Lonnie Scott (@LonnieScott) December 5, 2019
No matter what anyone thinks of this guy, this ad is so well done. Bravo. https://t.co/ri3n1CTPsr
— Jeremy Cowart (@jeremycowart) December 5, 2019
The is one of the better spots in the history of campaign ad making. https://t.co/Hb5JMjETVD
— Ida B. Wells’ Burner Account (@goldietaylor) December 5, 2019
Best ad I’ve seen from a Democrat https://t.co/R6vqZ290Px
— Red (@Redpainter1) December 5, 2019
This is a kick-ass ad no matter what you think of Biden. https://t.co/nWRLshoTL7
— ResistanceRules (@ResistanceRules) December 5, 2019
Not an endorsement of Biden (I’m still not there yet with *any* candidate), but this is a pretty effective ad. https://t.co/HrVJzC7fD0
— Cully Hamner (@CullyHamner) December 5, 2019
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