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April 29, 2009

On 100th day, failing marks for Obama on gay issues?

Politifact.com has compiled approximately 500 (500!) promises that President Obama made during the campaign and is tracking their progress on its "Obameter."  Virtually nothing to report on five issues of concern to gays and lesbians, including several where Obama promised to "place the weight of (his) administration" or "use the bully pulpit": a hate crimes act, employment discrimination legislation, urging "states to treat same-sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws," and repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act.  Politifact reports all these as "no action" or "stalled."

Actually, though, Politifact may not be totally up to date with its facts.  On Wednesday, the House passed gay-inclusive hate crimes legislation that was supported by the White House -- apparently the same bill Obama promised to support during the campaign.

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