Obama Doing A Waltz Around Same-sex Marriage
This column is about the Obama Administration and their position on same-sex marriage
Where does Obama really stand on Same-sex Marriage
I've got to hand it to my man Vice President Joe Biden, the guy really knows how to create a headline.
Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press last Sunday Biden caused a stir with his comments on same-sex marriage by saying. “I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all of the civil liberties. And quite frankly I don't see much of a distinction—beyond that”
Listening to MTP's host David Gregory and a lot of the other pundit genuises out there you would think that the Vice President's comments fly directly in the face of his bosses feelings on the matter, fact is they don't. Biden like the President didn't flat out say he supports gay marriage, in fact when he asked that direct question by Gregory he stopped just short. Biden in effect was towing the party line laid down by President Obama who says he is still evolving on the issue.
The White House and The President in particular are doing a very delicate dance, Support a key voting block that supports you overwhemingly and let the political chips fall where they may or hope that same voting block stays with you while you pander to a core group of bigots who are stuck in a time warp in crucial battleground states. The President not only wants to punt on this issue he wants to place the ball inside the other teams 5 yard line.
As a straight guy I feel that it is completely inappropriate for someone like me to tell the LGBT community to practice patience on this issue. In the early 1960's African-Americans were fed up with the patience lecture they were getting from both the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations, especially when civil rights luminaries like Medgar Evers and Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner were being murdered in Mississippi. Gays and Lesbians have every right to be frustrated with The President's unwillingness at this point to take a stand.
At what point however do we begin to look at not only the President's track record with the gay community, but also Mitt Romney's deplorable views on the same subject. There are no two ways about it Barack Obama has been the most pro-active President on gay rights this country has ever seen.
When compared to the last Democrat to occupy the Oval Office Bill Clinton, Obama should be elected president of GLAAD when he's no longer in the White House. It was Clinton who gave us “Don't Ask Don't Tell” and “DOMA” and it was Obama who repealed one and told his Justice Department to stop defending the other.
With the Republicans and Mitt Romney in particular it might as well be 2004 all over. You remember 2004 when George W. Bush, and Karl Rove were crisscrossing the country expounding the virtues of marriage between a man and a woman, even going so far as to call for a constitutional amendment against gay marriage, The possibility of Amendment 1 passing in North Carolina brings all of this back into the public consciousness. Not only does Romney not have a leg to stand on on this issue he doesn't want one. As Governor of the state of Massachusettes Romney vowed to block a court ruling that said same-sex couples had the legal right to marry. If you want recent history however, all you have to do is go back to the Richard Grennell incident last week.
I don't think there is any doubt that Barack Obama is in favor of same-sex marriage, the question is will the LGBT community forgive him the grievance of treating them like a political football, and more importantly will it even matter if Mitt Romney is taking The Oath of Office in January.