On Obama, Gay Marriage, and Prop 8

A Quick Hit:

The parents of the President-Elect of the United States couldn’t have married in nearly one third of the states of the country their son grew up to lead.

Now their son opposes Gay Marriage.  Prop 8 has been struck down, but this battle brings the fight to White House.  Obama must weigh in, and his backward, incoherent and irrational opposition to marriage for some US citizens but not others will once again be brought into the light.  His ironic position is that of “separate but equal”.  The only equality he is defending to place the demands of theocratic bullying on the same level as the rational, compassionate, popularly supported desire for true equality for people of any sexual orientation.

As Keith Olberman said:

This is about the… human heart, and if that sounds corny, so be it.

If you voted for this Proposition or support those who did or the sentiment they expressed, I have some questions, because, truly, I do not… understand. Why does this matter to you? What is it to you? In a time of impermanence and fly-by-night relationships, these people over here want the same chance at permanence and happiness that is your option. They don’t want to deny you yours. They don’t want to take anything away from you. They want what you want — a chance to be a little less alone in the world.

Well Mr President?  Will you step up to the ethical plate and take a swing for equality?  Or will you continue to cower and let theocrats – who harbor no intentions of ever supporting you or your party electorally – dictate the policy we all have to live with?


3 Responses

  1. I don’t think he opposes gay marriage, or rather gay civil unions, at all. He’s certainly not being vocal about it though. Obama has definitely decided to let the states fight it out until it reaches the federal level.

    It sometimes feels to me like Obama is purposefully staying out of the fray. Because if he joins then it’ll give the opposition a chance to spin things and make it about something else. They do that anyway though, so I’m not sure that’s a reasonable strategy.

    Anyway, I think it’s inevitable that gay civil unions will become acceptable by federal mandate. And it’ll happen relatively soon, because it’s just time and the majority of America is ready for it. The opposition is vocal but not as large as it seems. Even though there’s still a large contingent who don’t agree, most of them are coming to the point where they’re not going to actively fight against it.

    Obama jumping in to speed things up would be awesome, but it would only rouse the opposition even more because they hate him. And it might end up making his other fights harder.

    I can’t figure out what Obama’s overall strategy is though. With him playing things this way, it’s very possible that he won’t get re-elected. If he also has that in mind, what is he trying to do with the time he has?

  2. As for Olbermann’s question “what does it matter to you”. I had a long candid talk with someone from the opposition. He was very reasonable and smart and he articulated things to me in a way that was understandable. Unfortunately, it does matter to them in a very real and practical way. It doesn’t justify this type of discrimination, but from their perspective it is important for them to “protect the definition of marriage”. It’s just that they don’t really know how to do that in a sensible way. And this is what ends up happening.

  3. Obama won’t step up to the plate because he is obviously a homophobe who thinks that Gays should be relegated to the back of the bus.

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