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Ambinder on how Obama will address gay rights

April 1, 2009

Marc Ambinder has some info on how gay rights will be addressed by the Obama Administration.

As soon as the Senate confirms John Berry to head the Office of Personnel Management, Obama intends to sign an executive order strengthening workplace protections for the LGBT community.

Having Berry by his side is important — Berry’d be the highest-ranking openly gay administration official — and, of course, as the OPM chief, he’s the chief human resource officer for government employees….

…Some activists want Obama to force change to DoD policy through the Defense appropriations authorization bill. That would not survive a filibuster. The preferred route, I am told, is to build consensus. Obama would appoint a panel to study the issue and then wait until after the 2010 elections when there would (could) be more Democratic Senators.

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