Many on the gay slur Republicans as haters for opposing state recognition of same-sex marriage. Guess that means that a Democratic president who opposes inclusion of a plank favoring such recognition in his party’s platform is also a “hater”:
In the past month, almost half of all Democratic senators, several of Obama’s national campaign co-chairs, the House Minority Leader and the chairman of the Democratic convention, among others, have said they support adding marriage equality to the platform. Were this the position that the president held, such proclamations would not be a problem. But Obama says he is still publicly “evolving” on marriage equality. And the wave of support to make it a component of his convention has both surprised aides and set off a private push to keep emotions and expectations in check.
Interviews with more than a dozen party officials and activists reveal that despitewidespread and growing support for marriage equality among Americans, the issue is still viewed as politically sensitive in the top ranks of the Democratic Party. While many high-profile figures have publicly advocated for including strong language in the platform, the Obama campaign and the allied Democratic National Committee are searching for ways to split the difference: showing support for equality but stopping short of a full-fledged endorsement.
“What would it take,” Allahpundit wonders, for Obama to back gay marriage “before the election“?
Well, for starters, he’d need to be worried about the youth vote. This is an issue that could get them to perk up if it looks like turnout is sagging; the question is whether it’ll cost him more votes in older demographics, where turnout is almost always higher, than it’ll earn him in younger ones.
When will all the dewy-eyed gay activists cooing before Obama’s magnificence realize that his concern for gay people remains subordinate to his reelection concerns. Maybe had HRC conditioned its endorsement on securing an actual commitment from the administration, they might have made the Democrat feel he couldn’t take gay voters for granted.
Bear in mind, were it not for the determination of gay left bloggers, threatening to withhold funding from the Democrats, the president may never have moved forward on repeal of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell. With this president, it’s all politics all the time. And he knows that most gay activists won’t abandon him even if he opposes the inclusion of a “marriage equality” plank in his party’s platform.