Remember when WhiteHouse.gov was updated, like, 0.52 seconds after President Obama’s inauguration on January 20?
At the time, the White House pledged the following goals, with detailed explanations for each heading:
– Expand Hate Crimes Statutes
– Fight Workplace Discrimination
– Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples
– Oppose a Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
– Repeal Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell
– Expand Adoption Rights
– Promote AIDS Prevention
– Empower Women to Prevent HIV/AIDS
(Read the complete contents of the original web page in my Jan. 20 post.)
Nice list, huh? I remember how amazing it was to almost feel like a full and equal citizen.
Well, now that Obama’s been elected it seems like we’re not quite as necessary anymore. The ENTIRE Civil Rights page on the White House website has now been reduced to only:
Strengthen Anti-Discrimination Laws
On January 29, 2009, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act to ensure that all Americans receive equal pay for equal work. The President is committed to expanding funding for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division to ensure that voting rights are protected and Americans do not suffer from increased discrimination during a time of economic distress. President Obama also continues to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and believes that our anti-discrimination employment laws should be expanded to include sexual orientation and gender identity. He supports full civil unions and federal rights for LGBT couples and opposes a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
Lead Criminal Justice Reform
The President will lead the fight to build a more fair and equitable criminal justice system. He will seek to strengthen federal hate crime legislation and will work to ensure that federal law enforcement agencies do not resort to racial profiling. He supports funding for drug courts, giving first-time, non-violent offenders a chance to serve their sentence, if appropriate, in drug rehabilitation programs that have proven to work better than prison terms in changing behavior. President Obama will also improve ex-offender employment and job retention strategies, substance abuse treatment, and mental health counseling so ex-offenders can successfully re-join society.
Yeah. That’s the entire page. Um, WHAT THE FUCK ‘BAMA?!
And can we note the semantic difference between the original “expand hate crimes statues,” which implies current laws are inferior and need to be replaced by superior legislation, and the current “strengthen anti-discrimination laws,” which implies the current laws just need a little Band-Aid?!
WHAT THE FUCK.
WHAT THE FUCK.
WHAT THE FUCK.
The White House can be e-mailed here.
(This post owes everything to Joe.My.God.)
UPDATE: JMG sent a letter to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and received this response:
I wanted to let you know that Rea Carey contacted the White House directly about the issue today after you alerted us to your post. Rea was told that they are changing the White House Web site to turn it into a more governance-focused site to reflect progress, as opposed to a campaign and transition site. They said they have taken out many such points throughout the site (not just on LGBT policy issues) as part of this changeover, and are apparently modifying the site over the next few weeks. We will be keeping an eye on it, but if you see changes before we do (or a lack thereof), please let us know. And thank you for calling this to our attention.
Director of Communications
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Hmm… I don’t think I’m satisfied…
UPDATE #2: The White House’s Civil Rights page has now been updated to include:
He supports changing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in a sensible way that strengthens our armed forces and our national security, and also believes that we must ensure adoption rights for all couples and individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation.
Changing? Sigh. What happened to repealing? AmericaBlog is reporting that the White House is assuring them that this language doesn’t reflect a change in policy but I think that’s pretty hard to swallow complete bullshit.
JMG also continues his coverage.