He will actually do nothing. He hopes Congress will get to Hate Crimes, Employment Non-discrimination and safe schools. Those are good things. But not what we are interested in.
First, that the burden for doing anything pro-gay in the remaining three and a half years of the Obama administration is now shifted to Congress. Obama has no role whatsoever, and no power to influence anything, even though he's still the leader of the free world. The essay makes clear that the onus is on Congress and no one else.So much for our "friend and fierce advocate." He can't be bothered to lift a finger.
Second, the three big gay rights priorities that Congress should be focusing on do not even include what have organically become the community's top two priorities: repealing DOMA and Don't Ask Don't Tell. They're not even mentioned in the Obama deputy's essay.
And don't think for a moment that this essay wasn't vetted by the White House generally. Of course it was.
But then why should the Dems do anything? They don't have to do anything. (The LGBT community just raised millions of dollars for the Dems - while being pissed off.) Nothing of substance will happen. If the LGBT community would try to have some influence with the Republicans - not the crazy religious nuts, but the free-market, small government Republicans - then maybe the Democrats would have to do something. As it stands today, neither group needs to do anything different. The Republicans can stay in the hands of the Religious nuts, and the Democrats can speak in platitudes about gay rights, but then never actually have to do anything.