Official portrait of President Barack Obama, who insists his views on gay marriage are still "evolving" (Photo by official White House photographer Pete Souza)
(June 27) The day
state legalized same-sex marriage on June 24 will likely be remembered as the turning point for New York 's same-sex-marriage movement – no thanks to America president Barack Obama. U.S.
"We're here, we're queer, we're fabulous, don't fuck with us!" hundreds of gay activists chanted in celebration outside the Stonewall Inn – home of the 1969 Stonewall Riots that kickstarted the global gay-civil-rights-movement – in Greenwich Village, shortly after the New York state senate vote 33-29 to legalize gay marriage in that state.
Obama still refused to endorse gay marriage – saying his views are "evolving" – and insisted yet again the issue should be left to individual states to decide.
As New York Times pundit Maureen Dowd wrote afterwards, "Obama is “evolving” on the issue of gay marriage, which, as any girl will tell you, is the first sign of a commitment-phobe."
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Dowd also notes, "Obama’s reluctance to come out for gay marriage seems hugely and willfully inconsistent with what we know about his progressive worldview. And it is odd that the first black president is letting [New York governor] Andrew Cuomo, who pushed through a gay-marriage bill in Albany on [June 24], go down in history as the leader on the front lines of the civil rights issue of our time... As with “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” Obama is not leading the public, he’s following. And worse, the young, hip black president who was swept in on a gust of change, audacity and hope is lagging behind a couple of old, white conservatives — Dick Cheney and Ted Olson."
Yes, I do, without a doubt.
But I’ve also been screaming about Obama and his cronies ever since Obama realized he really could be the first black president of
So Team Obama ripped a page straight from the Bush campaign playbook with his October 2007 "Embrace the Change" barnstorming tour of black churches to shore up African-American votes in South Carolina. That tour featured rabidly homophobic, Grammy-winning "ex-gay" gospel singer Donnie McClurkin, a deliberate anti-gay wink from Obama to homophobic black churchgoers and voters.
If a white politician hired someone who denigrated blacks the way McClurkin trashes gay people, they’d be crucified, and rightly so.
in Rainbow colours last week
When the gay community went ballistic, Obama invited an openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, to give the invocation at the
Not that it mattered because the guests of honour, the Obamas and the Bidens, arrived 10 minutes after Robinson’s invocation – as scheduled.
I’m telling you, while African-Americans were sent to the back of the bus during the days of segregation, on this day gays were thrown underneath the damn bus.
Over the coming months Obama was led kicking and screaming by public opinion when it came to Proposition 8 in
Well, Mr President, evolve already.
What this all really boils down to is, unlike
So let me remind you what a president is supposed to do: The Democrats lost their grip on the South beginning in 1964 after LBJ rammed through the Civil Rights Act – and he did it despite the looming presidential election that year. From the beginning, LBJ knew that he was on the right side of history, the election be damned.
"It was the right thing to do," he said.
Ironically, it was LBJ – who also rammed through the Voting Rights Act of 1965 – who helped lay the groundwork for candidates like Obama to run for office. But will Obama himself do the right thing and legislate gay civil rights in
"I think it’s pretty clear where the trend lines are going, the arc of history," Obama told gay reporters in the White House during last November's mid-term elections.
But then, as now, Obama's public stance on the civil rights issue of our time is nothing short of disgraceful. Quite frankly, at the end of the day, the only thing Obama has in common with LBJ is his continuing insistence on fighting an impossible foreign war. And he’ll lose that too.