Barack Obama Lends Support to the “It Gets Better” Campaign
But how much is our president really doing for gay people?
On Thursday evening President Barack Obama released a video aimed at gay teens as part of the It Gets Better Project.
The three-minute clip consists of a somber Obama urging bullied students to stand their ground and to have faith that the darkest hour comes just before the dawn.
“I don’t know what it’s like to be picked on for being gay,” Obama said. “But I do know what it’s like to grow up feeling that sometimes you don’t belong. Things will get better. And more than that, with time you’re going to see that your differences are a source of pride and a source of strength.”
While many are applauding our Commander-in-Chief’s contribution to the ongoing fight against bullying, It Gets Better founder Dan Savage, a gay columnist, wishes Obama would step up his game.
Despite Obama’s message, Administration attorneys are in court fighting in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 piece of legislation that allows states not to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Just hours after the administration decided in court, to endorse “don’t’ ask, don’t tell” policy (which prevents homosexuals from serving openly in the military), Obama released the clip.
“The president of the United States has the power to do more than assure LGBT kids that it will get better,” Savage said in an interview with CNN Friday morning. “The president of the United States and his administration have the power to make it better.” (Washington Post)
With that we are putting the question to you, fellow Bettys: Does Obama need to put his money where his mouth is, or was the video a powerful step in the right direction?
Carolyn French is an assistant editor at BettyConfidential.