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I was pleasantly surprised to see this morning on the cover of WaPo and Obama Times news of this progressive order.

At The Confluence, MIQ2xu reinforced my own suspicions

It was not until I went to B0botland that I found the fly in the ointment

Someone posted the text of the  EO rrrr Memorandum. The last paragraph

This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

So, first of all, this is NOT an executive order. Like say the Jane Crow Executive Order. This is what Obama uses when he wants something to take effect. Such as the very conscience rules that will render this “memorandum” ineffective.

But this is a “memorandum” which is barely a step up from propaganda/campaign promise/speech. Hence the last paragraph.

Here’s how a GLBT member reacts in Bobotland

Great, another grand gesture that really does not mean shit.

Because we gays just love those grand gestures. :sarcasm: It’s still “separate but equal,” which as we all know, is NOT EQUAL. It’s just a small bone to throw to the LGBT citizens. It sounds good, but in reality, how enforceable is it? Does it really address the law?

And all you nice straight folks out there just giddy over this “token acknowledgment” of us Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgendered persons as full citizens with full rights: what if the shoe were on the other foot?

“This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.”

Good to see some are sharp and awake.

Or, as NY Times eventually discloses

Richard Socarides, who advised President Bill Clinton on gay rights issues, said that while the memorandum on its own did not grant any new rights, it did “draw attention to the very real and tragic situations many gays and lesbians face when a partner is hospitalized.”

As to why this empty gesture now? Besides the upcoming elections some good guesses at the Confluence. Apparently there was a kerfluffe with CBS which reported Elena Kahan, possible SCOTUS choice might me gay. In fighting this, the White House staff let their homophobia show

A White House spokesman, Ben LaBolt, said he complained to CBS because the column “made false charges.”

Indeed! The horrible, horrible charges! So, the empty visitation memorandum might be just damage control. It was sudden enough to make the story plausible.