The Human Rights Campaign came out full force in a polite but strongly-worded letter to President Obama from executive director Joe Solmonese, taking on the president for defending the Defense of Marriage Act with a heinous, homophobic DOJ brief that does enormous damage to our efforts:
Last week, when your administration filed a brief defending the constitutionality of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act,” I realized that although I and other LGBT leaders have introduced ourselves to you as policy makers, we clearly have not been heard, and seen, as what we also are: human beings whose lives, loves, and families are equal to yours. I know this because this brief would not have seen the light of day if someone in your administration who truly recognized our humanity and equality had weighed in with you.
The three-page letter goes through all the most offensive parts of the brief, including the comparisons to incest. Solmonese concludes:
As an American, a civil rights advocate, and a human being, I hold this administration to a higher standard than this brief.
Go read the whole thing.