So, what's new from the last two weeks?
First (I'll admit some bias here), the Senate confirmed Chai Feldblum as an EEOC Commissioner. How absurd did the debate get over Chai's nomination? You can choose whether to laugh or cry about this February exchange during a press briefing by White House Press Chief Robert Gibbs:
Q Robert, just two — just two questions. There have been news reports that the President's nominee for EEOC commissioner, Chai Feldblum, and the ACLU support the acceptance of polygamy. Does the President believe our armed forces should begin recruiting polygamists?
Q Say yes. (Laughter.)
MR. GIBBS: I'm happy to look at the information in the news reports you cite, but I don't have anything on that.
Second place goes to Ireland. On December 23, Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern signed the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act of 2010, legislation recognizing gay couples and allowing civil unions in the Irish Republic. The law, which secures a range of rights over shared homes, maintenance payments and pensions, goes into effect today. Because Irish law requires all couples to give three months’ notice to their local registrar, the first ceremony is expected to be in early April.
Coming in third: VP Joe Biden, who provided quite a teaser during an interview with ABC:
The vice president agreed with Obama’s comments that his position on gay marriage is “evolving.” Biden said there is an “inevitability for a national consensus on gay marriage.”
“I think the country's evolving. And I think you're going to see, you know, the next effort is probably going to be to deal with so called DOMA [Defense of Marriage Act],” he said.
This response seems like the classic trial balloon, and my bet is that the Obama/Biden mantra of <gay marriage is inevitable, let's all evolve> will become the new Democratic Party line on gay marriage.
My question: if DoMA is the administration's "next effort," what happened to ENDA?