Wednesday, May 6, 2009

It's Fine for Obama to Remain Silent on Gay Marriage

Queerty points out that Obama hasn't said anything about any of the recent gay marriage victories. Why should he? He thinks it's best left-up to the states and the states are deciding. Gibbs said that as plainly as he could today at the White House, "I think the President believes this is an issue that's best addressed by the states." Obama continues to support Civil Unions.

Obama is focused on major issues like the economy, the environment, and reforming health care. Just because he hasn't addressed Don't Ask, Don't Tell or DOMA doesn't mean he hasn't done anything for the gay community. Gay people live in the environment and are part of the economy. Some don't even have health insurance! Don't be dismayed Mr. President, some of us understand that you have to prioritize. You've already started helping the gay community, even if some of us don't get it.

1 comment:

  1. Totally agree that healthcare and the economy are priorities, but don't agree that the matter should be 'left up to the states,' given that most of the meaningful inequalities that need to be rectified would require federal legislation. (Really, the entire Democratic Party should be ashamed of not moving on anything major, given that healthcare and economy don't preclude concurrent legislation.) Obama's failure to say anything encouraging about Iowa/Maine etc makes him seem very Clintonesque in a bad way, i.e., hypocritical/spineless, particularly since he's the beneficiary of a civil rights movement that is only a few generations away.