Change doesn't usually come quickly to the government. But apparently it does to the government websites.
My partner noticed last night, while looking to see if we had press guidance on a particular issue, that the Department's website has already been changed to reflect the incoming Secretary, Hillary Clinton.
Another exciting change is that the agenda of seeking civil rights for gay and lesbian people has been moved from the change.gov website to the Whitehouse website.
I can't tell you how amazing it feels to be included after so many years of exclusion, to feel finally like a full, valued citizen. To go from being the whipping boy (ever notice a correlation between dropping approval ratings of the war and Rove screaming "the gays are going to get married!"?...I certainly wasn't the only one) to this item on President Obama's (man I like writing that) agenda:
Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples: President Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples legal rights and privileges equal to those of married couples. Obama also believes we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions. These rights and benefits include the right to assist a loved one in times of emergency, the right to equal health insurance and other employment benefits, and property rights.