President Barack Obama, whose homosexual supporters have grown frustrated with his slow movement on their priorities, is extending benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees, a White House official said.
Obama plans to announce his decision Wednesday in the Oval Office, the official said Tuesday. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the president hadn't yet signed the presidential memorandum. The official said Obama would release more details Wednesday.
The decision is a political nod to a reliably Democratic voting bloc that has become impatient with the White House in recent weeks.
A few questions: First, isn't this the proper role of the legislature?
Second, why is the government subsidizing sexual relationships of any kind in the first place? Do people really need a subsidy in order to have sex?
Third, from where does the federal government get the authority to do anything like this? There's certainly nothing in the Constitution about giving "benefits" to anyone. None of the founders received marriage benefits, health benefits, social security, or anything like that. Federal benefits should be restricted, not expanded.
Unfortunately, the federal government will not begin to limit itself until the 17th Amendment is repealed.