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Sunday, January 23, 2011

What Should Obama Say on Tuesday? Dan Savage Has Some Ideas

Posted by Eli Sanders on Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 4:46 PM

In today's New York Times, Dan Savage is asked to boss the president around in advance of Tuesday's State of the Union address:

The president — perhaps after introducing Daniel Hernandez Jr., the openly gay intern credited with saving Representative Gabrielle Giffords’s life — should declare that the trend is clear: this country increasingly believes that Mr. Hernandez and other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans should have all the same rights and responsibilities as other citizens.

Gay Americans are eventually going to win on marriage just like we won on military service, the president should tell Congress, so why not save everyone on both sides of the debate a lot of time, trouble and money by approving the entire gay rights agenda? Send the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the Student Non-Discrimination Act, the Uniting American Families Act and the repeal of the odious Defense of Marriage Act to his desk for his signature.

He can assure the lawmakers that, yes, there’s something in it for Americans who disapprove of homosexuality too.

What's in it for them? Read the whole thing.

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