Let me begin by reminding you of some important facts. Democrat Barack Obama was elected president in November 2008, with strong support from gay groups, including many supporting state recognition of same-sex marriage.
When he took office, the president’s party, the Democratic, enjoyed overwhelming majorities in both houses of Congress. From July 7, 2009 until February 4, 2010, that majority was filibuster-proof, that is, Senate Democrats didn’t need a single Republican vote to invoke cloture; they could vote on any item they wanted to. Said legislative Democrats never voted to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act or even to pass a federal civil unions bill. They only got their act together to vote on repealing Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell (DADT) after the election, but before the swearing in, of a Republican Congress in November 2010.
In short, Democrats in the 111th Congress had the chance to act on issues of concern to gay Americans, but failed to do so.
Now to the question. Earlier today, Jennifer Rubin asked, “Are gay-marriage advocates being taken as fools?”
On “Meet the Press,” Vice President Joe Biden said he’d be “comfortable with gay marriage,” an odd formulation for an important matter of public policy. (This is truly liberalism’s triumph of good intentions over actions.)
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This is becoming the proverbial Lucy and the football. One wonders how often pro-gay-marriage activists, like poor Charlie Brown, are going to fall for this stuff.
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First, forking over lots of money gives you access; threatening to cut it off gets you attention. The leverage is with the gay community, whose financial and electoral power is considerable. But as long as the campaign takes gay voters (like Jews, Hispanics and union members) for granted, there is no reason for President Obama to move on this before the election.
Maybe had HRC not been so quick to endorse Obama, they might have been able to extract some concessions from the Democrat. It seems though that the heads of that and other gay groups would rather be loved by the Democrats than see legislation passed recognizing our relationships.
UPDATE: Deborah Kerr reminds us (@ 2:35 below) how HRC treats Obama: [Read more…]