Over at the Rhetorican, Jehuda wonders “you can be a ‘fierce advocate’ of gay rights and still oppose gay marriage.” It’s called being a Democrat. Having that (D) after your name often renders you immune from criticism from gay activists for stands which would warrant attack for those with the mark of Cain an (R) after their names.
You see the President calls himself a “fierce advocate for gay and lesbian Americans” and he’s a Democrat so gay activists and bloggers swoon at the mere mention of his name. And yet he holds the exact stand on gay marriage which has made Carrie Prejean the latest target of the politically correct. She just didn’t learn that what she needs do to avoid such calumny is declare herself a Democrat, committed to social justice and full equality (whatever that latter expression means).
Now, with the President favoring the traditional definition of marriage and doing nothing to repeal Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell, we’re beginning to hear some grumbling from gay activists. He will try to quite this discontent by signing the Hate Crimes bill into law, possibly placating the leaders of various national gay organizations by inviting them to the White House for a signing ceremony.
My sense is they’ll take the bait, given the Go Along/Get Along approach to Democratic politicians. Obama may be under pressure to engage on gay issues, but if he doesn’t, well, that won’t dampen the enthusiasm of all but the most principled gay activists for this Democrat. You see, he’s a Democrat. And for all too many gay leaders, activists and bloggers (with notable and honorable exceptions, including some on the far far left), that’s all that matters.