Yup you did read that right, I agree with the right wing in some areas. President Obama is being a coward on the DOMA situation. He’s not actually standing up for marriage equality, he’s just saying that he’s not going to defend it any more.
President Obama is not a particularly progressive left wing president, he’s a centrist president, who frequently slams the left wing for daring to challenge him.
In this case I’m talking about a hypothetical Obama with a backbone who gets up on his podium with all the media and watching. This is what I hope he’d say.
“My fellow Americans, I want to speak to you about a situation that affects so many of our friends, family, coworkers, neighbors and ourselves. That is the problem of intolerance being used against them, in so many ways. It is than 30 years after the Stonewall Riots, 30 years since the assassination of Harvey Milk, 30 years since the AIDS crisis was ignored by Ronald Reagan. Despite this, there is still terrible intolerance against LGBTQIA americans.
In the past I have not stood up for true equality, and for that I apologize. I allowed brave men and women to be dismissed from the US military because I did not act sooner. I failed to act on ENDA passage and DOMA repeal.
However that time is over, I am now going to make the moto of my administration, ‘equality for all’ and will work night and day to make America the most equal and tolerant country on earth from this day forward.
I recognize there are people of faith who will object, and I would like to assure them that I will not be interfering in their lives and liberties. But I do need to take them to task for two key points, firstly that my marriage and your marriages are NOT threatened by gay marriage. Secondly there is no difference between loving straight and gay families when they raise children.
There was a time when someone would look down on someone like me, and that would have been entirely socially aceptable, even after the passage of the Civil Rights act, but now its come to a point where those who are white supremacist are no longer a part of our political fabric and are an insignificant minority, and I look forward to the day when LGBTQIA phobic people are in a similar situation
This is not an extreme or radical position, it is a centrist position of acceptance and american values. I want to have signed marriage equality and ENDA protections into law before November 2 2012. I know many of you out there are thinking that makes re-election harder, but I know the American people, they are fair, they are just, and they are righteous, and standing for equality is standing for them.
If you want to make intolerance a part of your plank, then in the words of former President Bush ‘Bring it On'”.
Sadly this is just a happy thought, no more, the chances of Obama actually saying anything close to this is laughably small. He like the rest of the democratic leadership will fail to actually act on their claim of support for LGBTQIA people.
If the President were to truly stand for equality and use the presidential bully pulpit to talk about the real issues of equality, then 2012 could be the year that the wedge issue of equality could be used against the republicans.
You cannot be against gay equality and not be against gay people…