Sunday, May 13, 2012

Republicans Respond to Obama on Gay Marriage

Besides my initial excitement when Obama came out for gay marriage earlier this week, I haven't really had a chance to talk about it further.  I first want to address the President's detractors on the left who see this as a political move.  Of course it was a political move, every decision made by every single President is a "political move" by definition.  That in no way detracts from the historic significance of this moment or removes it's importance.  In the history of our country no President has ever come out for marriage equality, and now one has.  It is now almost inevitable that it will be added to the Democratic Party platform and a litmus test for future Supreme Court nominees, and that's before you get to the culture impact.  With that out of the way, I can now move on to mocking the Republican responses:

  • Speaking of the November election, the National Organization for Marriage now "promises to defeat" Obama in the Fall.  Which is a real shame, since before this week I'm sure they planned on being an integral part of his reelection team.
So just to review, one Party's candidate believes in full marriage equality while the other Party's candidate believes we need a Constitutional amendment to guarantee that states don't have the ability to grant gay people rights.  And if you want to call that "just a political move", fine.  But it's also damn important.

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