All too many left-of-center gays have long had a crush on Barack Obama because of that (D) after his name. And they’ve just been looking for a reason to justify their love.
And in the past twenty-four hours, our gay peers have been exulting all over Facebook how wonderful Obama is while the heads of various gay organizations call the moment historic. “Where Were You When Obama Made History?” gushes the National Center for Lesbian Rights Kate Kendell:
Where were you when you first heard?
I was in front of Lincoln Center (I’m in New York City this week for a meeting with other LGBT civil rights attorneys from across the country) when NCLR Deputy Director Arcelia Hurtado screamed, “He did it!”
I turned around and said, “What?” To which she replied, “Obama came out in support of marriage!” We both screamed and hugged, teary eyed. The New Yorkers walking past us didn’t care. But we knew that this was a historic and indelible moment.
At the end of her e-mail and blog post, Kate helpfully includes a button encouraging people to Donate to her outfit. A couple years back, she used her 9/11 letter to rant against right-wingers.
History? History? All we get is a man making a statement. And despite the office he holds, he is putting forward no actual policies that might effect real change. These people are just so googly-eyed about empty words from a man who specializes in such rhetoric. Guess that’s the way it is when your schoolgirl crush blows you a kiss.
Some folks just seem to need validation from the government. And alas, sometimes it seems that’s what the gay marriage movement is all about. (Yet, through the writings of Jonathan Rauch as well as from the experiences of myriad gay couples, we know it’s about more than just a piece of paper or an anodyne word from a pandering politician.)