President Obama is sort of a lukewarm marriage equality ally!

It’s hardly his most soaring rhetoric, but the President of the United States said this:

I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.

Gosh, ya think some folks in North Carolina sure could have used that support YESTERDAY?

Pam at pamshouseblend has had about enough:

Honestly, at this moment, I don’t give a crap. Being jerked around, constantly seen as an ATM, and the man can’t even state the obvious, and his surrogates continue this tap dance of stupidity over what is or isn’t an affirmation that the President believes in full equality for gay and lesbian couples. His own campaign couldn’t even lift a digital finger to tell people to vote against discrimination here in NC. The President can’t even sign an executive order barring employment discrimination against LGBTs in federal contracts.

If this is some sort of debutante debut on the marriage equality scene for dramatic effect, it’s kind of pathetic. If it’s another Lucy and the football moment, it’s time to stop the too-cute-by-half routine. Our lives have been treated like a political football by purported allies as well as professional anti-gays.

It’s sickening to see our humanity diminished over and over for shiz and political giggles by people untouched by the discrimination.

Still, let us not lose sight of something significant here.  As Liss at Shakesville put it:

I mean, I don’t want to give too many cookies for saying what is self-evidently the most obvious statement of basic decency, but holy shit the US president just came out in favor of same-sex marriage, y’all!
Good. Now we demand action.

I just told longtime loyal reader Mr. Born that I for one cannot wait for the President to give an equally tepid statement in support of reproductive rights and women’s equality.

1 thought on “President Obama is sort of a lukewarm marriage equality ally!

  1. I am offended that after all this time, Obama finally “evolved” to this belief. Which means what? He’s evolved to the reality of “shit, let’s go after those gays, we need their votes AND money”? “We’ll cozy up to them, but not really help them with that equality thing they’re always bitchin about” This half-hearted support is like me saying “I’ve finally evolved into thinking I’m okay with a nigger in the White House”

    Although that last sentence is horribly personally offensive but – I am offended by Obama’s statement. So offended, he’s lost my vote.

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