Thursday, June 25, 2009

Dan Savage on DOMA

Dan Savage rocked it on Morning Edition today. 

He spoke out against President Obama's decision to support the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Savage said, "President Obama should be very angry with candidate Obama. ... Our expectations have not been met. Who raised our expectations? Candidate Obama." 

Those expectations were that DOMA would be overturned once Obama was elected. Instead, the Justice Department filed a brief earlier this month defending DOMA.  

Why does all this matter? Among other things, marriage rights allow a partner full survivor benefits, the right to decide on issues of care in the hospital, and the simple right to be there at the bedside when their partner is dying. Even power of attorney is often not enough to guarantee visitation or decision-making ability in the hospital for gay and lesbian partners. 

As he usually does, Savage laid it out like it just makes sense, and you'd have to be an idiot not to agree with him. He pulls off that angle like nobody else can.