Top Gay in the Admin Says ENDA, DADT and DOMA Have No Chance at This Point (and Then He Lies, to Boot)
Monday, June 15, 2009
UPDATE: Pam Spaulding is no more than impressed than I with Berry's interview.
John Berry, the openly gay head of the Office of Personnel Management, did an interview today with Kerry Eleveld of the Advocate. It's horrifying. I have to parse it for you. I'm simply astounded that they let him speak publicly, and that he let himself be used like this.
1. Berry suggests that Obama may wait until his second term to do anything on gay rights.
BERRY: Now, I’m not going to pledge -- and nor is the president -- that this is going to be done by some certain date. The pledge and the promise is that, this will be done before the sun sets on this administration – our goal is to have this entire agenda accomplished and enacted into law so that it is secure.2. The president does not have the option to oppose existing law, at all, no exceptions, zero, nothing -- Berry claims. That's a flat out lie, as we showed earlier with the essay by former Clinton White House special assistant Richard Socarides. (We also listed four cases where Reagan, Bush Sr, Clinton and Bush Jr. all refused to defend existing statutes.)
THE ADVOCATE: Does that include a second term? A lot of people have talked about DOMA being pushed back until a second term.
BERRY: I say this in a broad sense -- our goal is to get this done on this administration’s watch.
BERRY: This president took a solemn oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and he does not get to decide and choose which laws he enforces. He has to enforce the laws that have been enacted appropriately and that he has inherited. It would be wrong for me or any of our community to advise him to lie or to shirk his responsibility. He’s doing his job....(Remainder.)