... and finally gave us that gay rights pony we'd been whining about ...
Andrew Sullivan said it best - "Today Obama did more than make a logical step. He let go of fear. He is clearly prepared to let the political chips fall as they may. That's why we elected him. That's the change we believed in. ..."
If you read my blog yesterday, what can I say? I guess I was born cynical because I had a list of reasons a mile long for President Obama NOT to announce to the nation that he favors marriage equality. But does he listen to me?
I still think Obama's 'coming out' will make his road to a second term even bumpier .. I can already see Karl Rove using all that Super-Pac money to make TV commercials trying to bury Barack Obama.
This is exactly the spit-flecked social issue that Righties want to jump on to distract voters from the fact that Republicans step on the backs of the working class to give billionaires tax breaks, and have no real plan for jobs, etc.
Ah well, the more they bellow and bray about Obama's "war on marriage," the less they yak about the slow economy .. while Obama talks about jobs, income inequality, student loans, etc.
My fellow Americans, this is leadership .. President Obama has taken a stand that threatens his re-election .. he came through at a time when Gay Americans really need it, telling them he's on their side, that they matter.
It would have been easier to continue to Romney around with evasive answers .. but there he was, making history, declaring himself as aligned against bigotry .. which is always the right answer.
To those whiners who say he shoulda spoken out a day earlier, before North Carolina’s Amendment One passed - which banned not only same-sex marriages but unions and partnerships - I say balderdash, the vote in NC was never going to be influenced in any meaningful way by a statement from Obama.
Obama had already backed same-sex marriage as much as he could at the federal level .. the tenth amendment has individual states write the marriage rules .. not the President or Congress.
He's smart to get this out of the way so far ahead of the elections, so that it can be old news by then .. he avoids all the endless questions and silly evasions. When you're running against the nation’s most infamous political waffler, you don’t want to look like a waffler yourself.
Okay, it's done now .. in the short run we wait to see how the nation feels after the dust settles.
In the long run we just sit back and wait for the rest of the country to catch up to us equality-happy progressives - and the polls show it's happening slowly but surely. We'll wait for states to start rolling back their anti-gay amendments, which will allow their lesbian daughters and gay sons to live near their families, where they were born, where they grew up, instead of fleeing to coastal states and urban centers.