Okay LGBT people; we're next...
"The President has said he wants to see a legislative repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act because it prevents LGBT couples from being granted equal rights and benefits. However, until Congress passes legislation repealing the law, the administration will continue to defend the statute when it is challenged in the justice system." White House spokesman Shin Inouye
IMAGINED STATEMENT FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA (for effect):"Okay, LGBT community, it's your turn. You have done your grassroots. You have won several victories on the state level to secure marriage equality. More victories seem likely up ahead. And, in the matter of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," you have managed to win a majority even of conservatives. Yet, there are still Americans who remain unconvinced.
With this DOJ ruling today, you will find every ridiculous, off-base, unfounded, and downright insulting homophobic attack that your community has encountered through the years. Under today's law, those arguments are not unlike the things you'll hear when other LGBT-related cases come to Washington.
How are you going to change their minds?
With a nod to all the work it has taken activists who fought and fight this fight tirelessly; you were a community whose only real desire was - then and today - simply, equality. Our country has come a long way. Your community has come a long way. And now is the time.
We are all created equal. And so, with this DOJ ruling, my fellow LGBT Americans, I am asking you if you are ready to do the necessary work to help me convince the entire country.
"I feel extraordinarily privileged and lucky to be in this job. One of the things that I came in believing is that if I can describe to the American people the choices that we confront; be as honest and as straightforward with them as possible, and tell them not just what they want to hear but what they need to hear. That the American people would be supportive. And that's where I draw a lot of strength from... and at heart, I think the people are optimistic; and that gives me optimism." President Barack Obama, June 3, 2009
"Trying to decide in the presence of an adversary narrows your vision. Having a lot at stake inhibits creativity. So does searching for one right solution. You can offset these constraints by setting aside a designated time within which to think up a wide range of possible solutions that advance shared interests and creatively reconcile differing interests. Hence, before trying to reach agreement, invent options for mutual gain."
PHOTO: Stonewall 25, New York City 1994