I had this thought while watching the Gay Pride parade this past Sunday in West Hollywood and catching sight of the first Obama 2012 sticker: why were so many of our fellow gays so gung-ho about Obama in 2008, even to the point of regularly deriding Hillary despite his absence then of a record on gay issues. The Democrat had, in his campaign, shared a platform with an anti-gay singer. And to my knowledge, hadn’t done much of anything for gay people when in the Illinois — or United States — Senate.
The Illinois legislature didn’t pass a “non-discrimination” law until January 2005, the very month Barack Obama began his service in another legislature. In his eight years in the Illinois Senate did the Democrat work to advance this legislation, legislation near and dear to the hearts of gay activists? Did he press his colleagues on same-sex civil unions?
Not just that, as I noted on Tuesday, “Mrs. Clinton participated in gay Pride parades in New York. Obama never participated in such celebrations in Chicago.” (Thanks to the folks at Hillbuzz for keeping track of this failure to participate.)
Yeah, I realize this in 2011 and I’m asking a question about 2008, but I’m still wondering why so many gay activists preferred Barack Obama to Hillary Clinton that year when they had little (if any) evidence that he was a champion of their causes.
NB: Added the parenthetical (some) to the title to make my point clearer. Thanks, readers, for helping me realize that title leant itself to misinterpretation.