Miss California was publicly pilloried for stating her views on the issue of same-sex marriage. California residents and their supporters who carried Proposition 8 through the state legislature were vilifed and threatened for basically holding a majority view.
President Obama (who shares that same view) has had to run no such gauntlet because of it.
Obama has stated both during his campaign as well as after he was elected, that he believes that marriage should be between one man and one woman. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) It’s just the double standard that frosts me.
And speaking of double standards, the Obama administration just recently pulled a complete 180 from his campaign promise to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), by asserting the constitutionality of the Act! That’s not just a flip-flop, that’s a two-and-a-half gainer with a half-twist in piker position, degree of difficulty, 3.0. And yet the judges still give him a 9.7. I don’t understand it.
Here’s another thing that mystifies me: Obama also campaigned on the promise to reverse the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for gays serving in the military. And yet just over a week ago, his administration gave legal backing for Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a challenge to that law. There wasn’t much of an outcry over that, either.
Well, the natives are finally getting restless. Heavens, even Andrew Sullivan is losing patience! And if Obama has lost Andrew Sullivan…
So in order to cover his… well, to shield himself from further criticism, he has decided to throw the gay and lesbian community a bone in the form of extending benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. This is an initiative that is expected to be announced from the White House some time this morning.
I wonder if it’s enough of a sop to keep the gay community quiet, to keep them supportive, and most especially, to keep their money flowing into Obama’s coffers.
Time will tell.