I’ve long believed that the government should remain neutral on gay issues, neither discriminating against us nor offering us preferential treatment. Â To that end, I won’t be upset should John McCain, in his acceptance speech next week, fail to address our community.
Gay activists, however, insist politicians reach out to us and identify us by name. Â So, I was wondering, how will they react should, in his convention speech tonight, Barack Obama, their party’s nominee not specifically reference gays?
The draft Democratic platform failed to mention gays or lesbians specifically. Â The final draft still does not address our community by name, but was tweaked to include this language:
We support the full inclusion of all families, including same-sex couples, in the life of our nation, and support equal responsibility, benefits and protections.
I wonder if gay activists will be as effusive in their praise should Obama be similarly silent tonight. My prediction: they will. Because for them, it’s not so much about promoting gay people as it is about electing Democrats.
UPDATE: Watching the speech now, he mentioned us, saying that while there are differences on same-sex marriage, we should agree that our “gay and lesbian brothers and sisters” should be allowed to visit a loved one in the hospital.
UP-UPDATE: Â Patrick Range McDonald thinks that for gays, Obama’s speech was quite historic. Â Read the whole thing.