Last week the Department of Justice filed a brief defending the Defense of Marriage Act. Now, DOMA is the law and the Justice Department is required to uphold the law (although apparently previous DoJ’s have published opinions saying they thought laws were unconstitutional), but the brief itself is pretty terrible – saying DOMA is consistent with equal protection, comparing it to laws banning incest, saying the right to marry isn’t fundamental when it comes to marrying someone of the same sex. And according to Robert Gibbs (the press secretary) Obama stands behind the brief
So. This pissed a lot of people off. There’s been a lot of unhappiness already about the lack of movement on DOMA and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and even the HRC published a kinda mad letter. A lot of people are pulling out of a DNC gay fundraiser next week. People generally feel betrayed.
Presumably to address these issues, Obama announced the he would grant same-sex benefits to federal employees, which is great except that said benefits don’t include health insurance. Although it does include relocation assistance. Which is, ahem, something.
Anyway! Rant over.
A story of homeless Sims in The Sims 3. The narrative is pretty touching.