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I Voted For Obama Pictures, Images and PhotosIt's official - President Elect Barack Obama is now President Barack Obama!

I, like most Americans, am truly excited for the future of the country - and the world! I feel like simply having Barack Obama as our President has shifted our country into gear and we are ready to make things work. Yet, as a lesbian woman, there is still a hollow part of me right now. There is still a sense of fear. I know that President Obama has already done some great things as President, and you can bet that you'll read all about that here; but what I want to ask you, the readers, right now is this - has change TRULY come for US (the LGBT community)? Upon reading the President's stance on the issues from the White House website, I can't help but feel a little bit disappointed when I read what come across to me as conflicting messages.

On one hand it says this:

Oppose a Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage: President Obama voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2006 which would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman and prevented judicial extension of marriage-like rights to same-sex or other unmarried couples.

Okay great so that means he supports Same-Sex Marriage, right?

Well no, because then it says this:

Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples: President Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples legal rights and privileges equal to those of married couples. Obama also believes we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions. These rights and benefits include the right to assist a loved one in times of emergency, the right to equal health insurance and other employment benefits, and property rights.

So basically, what I am reading here tells me that we are going to be given seperate but equal institutions.

I know what the main argument is... the word marriage should not be re-defined. But I beg to ask those who say that - WHO's definition of marriage are we going by here?? In any case, while we figure all that hot mess out - I can't help but feel like LGBTs like me are still going to be "standing at the back of the bus" when it comes to marriage rights. I guess we'll just have to wait to see what truly happens.

About the Author: Julie Phineas is a work at home mom of 2 who lives in Southern California. You can find out more about her by visiting her website at www.juliephineas.com.


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