President Obama has wasted no time in scrubbing away Bush’s filth accumulated over the last eight years; housecleaning began with the nation’s website. In publicizing his agenda, Obama set forth his vision for the next four years as well managing to denounce his predecessor’s “unconscionable ineptitude” in the process.
I post this for information’s sake – taken directly from the White House. Liberals may rejoice, staunch conservatives may revolt, and the moderates may be apathetic. This post is not meant to critique the validity or implications of Obama’s plan – that I’m sure, will come later. It is important that citizens, regardless of whether they fall on the political spectrum, at least have some idea where the new administration will lead the country. As an elected official, he should be supported. Not every policy need to be agreed with (and some policies should be lobbied against) but the beauty of democracy is that there is room for differing opinions. That being said, here is some of Obama’s change:
Supports a Woman’s Right to Choose: President Obama understands that abortion is a divisive issue, and respects those who disagree with him. However, he has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women’s rights under Roe v. Wade a priority in his Adminstration (sic). He opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in that case.
Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples: President Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples legal rights and privileges equal to those of married couples. Obama also believes we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions. These rights and benefits include the right to assist a loved one in times of emergency, the right to equal health insurance and other employment benefits, and property rights.
Oppose a Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage: President Obama voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2006 which would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman and prevented judicial extension of marriage-like rights to same-sex or other unmarried couples.
Supporting Stem Cell Research: President Obama and Vice President Biden believe that we owe it to the American public to explore the potential of stem cells to treat the millions of people suffering from debilitating and life-threatening diseases. Obama is a co-sponsor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, which will allow research of human embryonic stem cells derived from embryos donated (with consent) from in vitro fertilization clinics. These embryos must be deemed in excess and created based solely for the purpose of fertility treatment.
Expand Hate Crimes Statutes: President Obama and Vice President Biden will strengthen federal hate crimes legislation, expand hate crimes protection by passing the Matthew Shepard Act, and reinvigorate enforcement at the Department of Justice’s Criminal Section.