The Missing Link

Evidently President Obama’s position did a little “evolving” today; one day after the noxious anti-gay Amendment One passed in North Carolina, he decided to finally take a step into the 21st century by supporting same-sex marriage, but in the lamest possible way, natch.  Although Bill Clinton campaigned against the God-botherers in NC, the President was too busy leaking fake CIA tales of derring-do and whatnot to be bothered with meddling in an inconsequential state ballot issue that happens to OUTLAW any benefits for same-sex partners, and even for unmarried opposite sex partners.  He may have been a day late, but didn’t want to be caught a dollar short; large contributors in the LGBT community were quite pointedly cutting off the money until he shaped up.

Once again, the layers of “centrist” political calculation that color his every move have collapsed upon him, endearing him to no one and still failing spectacularly at their original purpose.  After all, in an economy reeling from middle class collapse and Wall Street larceny, Obama chose to have his convention in right-to-work North Carolina at Bank of America Stadium. Any hope of winning that state were delusional in the first place, but yet he decided to piss off unions, an admittedly shrinking demographic, and people who hate Bank of America, which is at 100% and growing, chasing that pipe dream.

And now, by letting Amendment One slither in without a peep, and belatedly offering a rhetorical but ineffectual statement of support for gay marriage in spite of it, he’s also sacrificed whatever glory might have attached to taking a “brave” stance and actually, well, doing something about it, since he is Leader of the Free World and all.  All he’s left with is an insultingly inappropriate convention location in a state he will surely lose anyway.

This is just the latest in a long line of moments wherein the President discovers, to his horror, that because he has to run against Republicans, there are indeed times that he can’t do so by being one.  Union-busting seemed to slide by, trashing the environment was now “job creation,” bankster-coddling had long been bipartisan, and all wars are now permanent, so supporting gay rights became one way to distinguish the brand without annoying too many other rich people.

As so often happens, the only reason ordinary Americans ever make a gain of any sort against the relentless juggernaut of the wealthy and powerful is when one of them accidentally comes in on our side, and the sound of a dozen or so well-stuffed LGBT purses snapping shut was enough to do it for President Obama.  I suppose you could call it evolution, but I’d lean toward classical conditioning, as in Pavlov’s dogs.

UPDATE: I got a money-begging email from my best friend Barack just now. No good deed goes unpaid.

Today, I was asked a direct question and gave a direct answer:
That’d be a first.

I believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

Do you also believe in gravity?

I hope you’ll take a moment to watch the conversation, consider it, and weigh in yourself on behalf of marriage equality:

I’ve always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally. I was reluctant to use the term marriage because of the very powerful traditions it evokes. And I thought civil union laws that conferred legal rights upon gay and lesbian couples were a solution.

But over the course of several years I’ve talked to friends and family about this. I’ve thought about members of my staff in long-term, committed, same-sex relationships who are raising kids together. Through our efforts to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, I’ve gotten to know some of the gay and lesbian troops who are serving our country with honor and distinction.

What I’ve come to realize is that for loving, same-sex couples, the denial of marriage equality means that, in their eyes and the eyes of their children, they are still considered less than full citizens.

Even at my own dinner table, when I look at Sasha and Malia, who have friends whose parents are same-sex couples, I know it wouldn’t dawn on them that their friends’ parents should be treated differently.

So I decided it was time to affirm my personal belief that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

I respect the beliefs of others, and the right of religious institutions to act in accordance with their own doctrines. But I believe that in the eyes of the law, all Americans should be treated equally. And where states enact same-sex marriage, no federal act should invalidate them.
Oh, I guess you’re the Democrat, then?


  1. avelna says:

    But here’s the catch. It was determined a few decades ago that states didn’t have the right to disallow interracial marriages. He apparently doesn’t believe the same should apply to same-sex marriage, only that “where states enact same-sex marriage, no federal act should invalidate them.” So I guess it’s okey dokey in his view for states to deny civil rights to LGBT folks. I wonder where he would be today if the states had been allowed to take the driver’s seat on all civil rights. Certainly not POTUS.

  2. avelna says:

    And to top it all off:

    So earlier today I was wondering whether the LGBT-led donor boycott of the Obama campaign would continue after his shift on marriage equality. After all, his Administration still planned to reject an anti-discrimination executive order, and this, not the President’s position on marriage equality, was the nominal reason for the boycott.

    Greg Sargent tracked down a statement from Jonathan Lewis, the billionaire scion to the Progressive insurance fortune, who had been leading the donor boycott. It looks to me like all is forgiven

    Leaving gay employees of federal contractors hanging out in the wind.

  3. econobuzz says:

    “After all, in an economy reeling from middle class collapse and Wall Street larceny, Obama chose to have his convention in right-to-work North Carolina at Bank of America Stadium.”

    That doesn’t work for you?