22 Oct Obama Nominee Argues Homosexuality Is Morally Good
Since Obama’s nomination of Chai Fledblum for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the press has released a series of startling quotations from Feldblum that reveal not only her agenda, but make evident the radical politics of many of President Obama’s nominees and staffers. She, like other Obama selections, has made no attempt to disguise her political agenda and openly supports the advancement of homosexual rights and same-sex marriage, even if it means overriding the will of the public.
Since her nomination the right has raised serious concerns about her personal neutrality and her general regard for the opinion of the public at large, arguing her nomination is a clear attempt to advance LGBT workplace rights outside of legislative channels. Their concern is rightly place.
I’ve selected here a sample of quotes from Feldblum that provide a strong perspective on her political position:
My own view, reflected in my writing over the past decade, is that government often appropriately legislates on a shared social vision of morality and that changing the public’s moral assessment of same-sex sexual activity is thus key to achieving true equality for LGBT people. For some time, I have articulated this view as a requirement that the public must come to view homosexuality and heterosexuality as morally equivalent – that is, the public must believe that both straight sex and gay sex encompass equivalent moral ‘goods’…that there is nothing inherently immoral or wrong with two people of the same gender engaging in sexual conduct.
I, for one, am not sure whether marriage is a normatively good institution. I have moved away from the belief that marriage is clearly the best normative way to structure intimate relationships, such that government should be actively supporting this social arrangement above all others. I currently believe that marriage is a normatively ‘good’ framework for most people to aspire to (I think), because it serves some very deep and legitimate human needs. But I also believe all of us are harmed, as members of a society seeking a common good, when society fails to acknowledge the wide array of non-marital intimate social structures that we as humans have ingeniously constructed to negotiate and make sense of the world.
As a general matter, once a religious person or institution enters the stream of commerce by operating an enterprise such as a doctor’s office, hospital, bookstore, hotel, treatment center and so on, I believe the enterprise must adhere to a norm of nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Feldblum’s nomination came late last month and if confirmed, Feldblum would be one of five commissioners of the EEOC, which interprets and enforces federal equal opportunity laws.