Obama Should Dump 'Gay Quotas'

President Obama claims to be opposed to “discrimination” based on “sexual orientation.” But this year, for the first time ever, there was such discrimination in the distribution of tickets for the White House Easter Egg Roll—discrimination in favor of families headed by homosexuals, that is. Ordinary families have in the past had to wait in line outside the White House for tickets. This year, online ordering was introduced, but it was still first-come, first-serve. But some families—those headed by homosexual parents—got to jump the line, thanks to tickets distributed in advance to The Family Equality Council, Human Rights Campaign, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, and others.

Is this a foreshadowing of what will happen in other areas of American life, if homosexual activists succeed in implementing their agenda? If the military is opened to homosexuals, will recruiters have to seek out “gay soldiers” to meet recruiting targets? Will passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) lead to affirmative action for homosexuals? If so, what will be the basis for the quota—the long-discredited myth that “ten percent of the population is gay?”

The Easter Egg Roll should be about the children, not politics or policy. Controversy over the Easter Egg Roll arose in 2006 only because some gay parents—who had never been excluded from the event—chose to turn it into a political demonstration by wearing matching garb in order to distinguish themselves from the other attendees. The Obama White House would have been better off keeping this tradition non-political, by sticking to the policy that homosexual activists have always claimed was their goal—equality. Quotas have no place.