Gay advocacy groups, disenchanted by President Obama's inaction so far on campaign promises on their issues, are launching a campaign to get his administration to take a stand on the federal anti-gay marriage law.
The first federal lawsuit against a key section of the Defense Of Marriage Act was filed on last month by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders on behalf of eight same-sex married couples and three surviving spouses from Massachusetts. Obama's Department of Justice until the week of June 22 to respond.
During his campaign, Obama promised to seek a repeal of the act, which allows states to not recognize gay marriages from other states. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs reiterated the president's position last month. He opposes gay marriage, but does support civil unions and equal treatment for gays. In recent weeks, New Hampshire and Vermont have moved to join Massachusetts in legalizing gay marriage.
In the grassroots effort, organizers are asking participants to print out a "flip flop card" with the statement, "President Obama, please don't flip flop on DOMA!" and mail it to the White House.
"President Obama, the defense of this discriminatory and archaic law will be tantamount to nothing short of a flip flop from your previously stated intentions. We're asking you Mr. President, to take a principled stand for equality under the law and be the bold leader that we voted into office," Paul Sousa, who leads the Boston-based Equal Rep, said in a statement.
Obama also promised to trash the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that prevents gays from serving openly in the military, but has not taken action on that yet.
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