Obama Boxed In Regarding Same Sex Marriage

April 4, 2012 at 5:36 PM 3 comments

This happened today:

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Four former chairs of the Democratic National Committee called on the party on Wednesday to embrace marriage equality in the 2012 Democratic platform.

“We are proud that the Democratic Party fights for working families, economic justice, and equal opportunity for all,” said Howard Dean, Donald Fowler, Steve Grossman and David Wilhelm in a joint statement. “Times change but our principles must always remain strong. That is why, as former chairs of the Democratic National Committee, we stand with Freedom to Marry, 22 Democratic senators, Leader Nancy Pelosi, and more than 35,000 Americans in urging the Party to include a freedom to marry plank in the platform that is ratified at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this September.”


I have a gay brother so I’m totally on board with this but what will Obama do?  Will he endorse this or not?  If he doesn’t, he’ll disappoint his party and he’ll look like an antiquated chicken shit.  If he wants to or does, his “advisers” will fret about the supposedly all-important independent vote.

I say go for it.  I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for this country to move into the 21st Century.  Geezus.  We’re like a nation covered in dust and soot.  Time to shake it off.  Not only that, the people who are against same sex marriage are already against Obama so their vote isn’t going to be influenced by what he does here.

I’ve read study after study, and this holds true for me too, that shows people respect folks who take a stand and stick to it, even if that stand is risky or deemed to be unpopular (usually by the corporate media and Washington-types).

Go for it Obama!  You know it’s the right thing to do.  Show some guts.  Show there’s a difference between the two parties.


Entry filed under: 2012 Election, Democrats, Including Blue Dogs & "Liberals", GLBTQ, Laws / Judiciary, President Barack H. Obama and Co., Repression.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. meredithancret  |  April 10, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Except that if Obama suddenly changed his tune from believing that marriage is between a man and a woman (which, if you doubt that he said that, there is video proof) to supporting gay marriage he would no longer be “tak[ing] a stand and stick[ing] to it” as you said. He would be waffling over to a stance that would make him more popular with Democrats (who he still needs a boost with in many cases) and the gay community (those of us who aren’t conservative anyway).
    He’s also already stated in several speeches that he feels that this is a decision best left up to the states. If you’d like links to that information, I can provide it.

  • 2. Say It Ain't So Already  |  April 10, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Great points, and I know Obama has said that marriage is between a man and a woman and that the other things you attribute to him are true.

    But yes, he will be accused of “waffling” and heck, one wouldn’t be able to argue with that but he could hammer away at having “grown” or “evolved,” which is a word his “handlers” have used several times.

  • 3. Say It Ain't So Already  |  April 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Ironically, I just came across this article about how Obama’s advisors are urging him to stay the course in order to “highlight [his] principled decisiveness.” http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-obama-gay-marriage-20120410,0,3902296.story

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