Obama Moves Near ‘Greater Equality’ on Gay Marriage
Hmmmm… too wordy. Let’s just tighten up the phrasing:
Moves Near ‘Greater Equality’ on Gay Marriage Is a Politician
Ah, much clearer.
I would lovelovelovelovelove for the President of the United States to come out full-force in favor of marriage equality. I would also like a private jet, financed and fueled by an anonymous admirer. I am spending equal amounts of time holding my breath for both of these outcomes.
I don’t really think Obama’s views on same-sex marriage are “evolving.” I think he’s probably fine with us getting hitched. (For what it’s worth, I don’t really think his predecessor cared all that much either, but was willing to pretend to do so to shore up his cred with social conservatives.) But let’s be realistic — he’s running for re-election, neither his poll numbers nor the economy are doing so well that 2012 will be a cakewalk, and the GLBT constituency isn’t so all-powerful that our issues are worth the risk. (Let’s be honest with ourselves about that last one, brothers and sisters.)
Unlike many of my softball-team-qualifying confreres, I happen to think the POTUS has been pretty damn good on our issues. DADT has finally gone the way of the dodo. They’re not defending DOMA in court. There may be some daylight on immigration reform for foreign-born partners of US citizens. These are not small things, and are a hell of a lot better than what we’d be getting were someone from the GOP in office right now. Furthermore, with the apparent exception of being able to bomb the smithereens out of whatever he wants, the President has some constraints on what he can actually do. Given that the Republicans in Congress are willing to play chicken with the world economy, the chances for any kind of movement on federal recognition of same-sex marriage are somewhere between “diddly” and “squat.” Obama’s taking a firm stand on the issue right now is all risk and no benefit.
I understand how crappy the effects of DOMA are on our lives and relationships. (Believe me.) But politics ain’t magic, and the President ain’t Albus Dumbledore. He supports us as on this issue as much as he really can, and impatient demands for more are foolish and counterproductive.