Thursday, May 7, 2009
The New York Times correctly points out that President Barack Obama was noticeably silent last month when the Iowa Supreme Court overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Obama says he “opposes same-sex marriage as a Christian” despite the fact that nowhere in the Bible does it mention anything about same-sex marriage. To his credit, he describes himself as a “fierce advocate of equality” for gay men and lesbians, the all-too-familiar separate, but equal position gay and lesbian Americans have come to expect from elected Democratic leaders. His position is all the more curious coming from an American-American.
But the president is under mounting pressure on a variety of LGBT issues that are coming to the fore. Some of these include fulfilling his campaign promise to repeal the blatantly homophobic ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ military policy — a destructive holdover from the Clinton administration that Obama has so far managed to pushback without acceptable justification.
Same-sex marriage has advanced in five states. Most recently in Maine and the District of Columbia could ultimately drop the issue in the lap of the president. Passing same-sex marriage in Washington DC would require a vote of Congress and the president’s signature. If Obama refuses to sign the bill, expect gay advocates to withdraw their support and look elsewhere in 2012.
Many gay Americans are still furious with the president over the Rick Warren fracas on inaugural day. They want to see an olive branch from Obama in the form of nominating openly gay, Stanford University-educated attorney Kathleen Sullivan to replace retiring US Supreme Court Justice David Souter. So far, the president has been silent on the names on his High Court shortlist.
The Times points out the White House is aware of the discontent and has invited many of the same, useless gay leaders like Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, to meet Monday with top White House officials. Solomnese — dazzled by power, as was evidenced during the LOGO/HRC sit-down with then-Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, emerged from the White House meeting and uttered this stupifyingly inane comment, “They have a vision,” Mr. Solmonese said. “They have a plan.”
As usual, our so-called “leaders” are clearly part of the endemic problem in Washington DC and in the Obama administration. A swell lunch at the White House may be long on the thrill factor but what good is such a meeting if our “leaders” emerge short on details?
Obamaholics — the name given to supporters of the president who have drunk the proverbial koolaid, are quick to remind critics of the president that President Obama is the first president to set aside tickets for gay families to attend the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. I’m sure this heartens those gay and lesbian soldiers tossed out of the military and handed a dishonorable discharge after their sexual orientation became known.