Predictably, liberal gay friends on Facebook are cooing over the report. All the hullabaloo over this story obscures one points which most gay Democrats don’t desire to discuss: when Democrats had solid majorities in both houses of Congress in the first two years of the Obama administration, neither President Barack Obama nor the Democratic leaders of either house made any serious effort to move forward on federal recognition of same-sex civil unions. They didn’t even reach out to Republicans open to such recognition to try to craft a bipartisan approach.
With signs that the House will remain Republican after the current elections — and with increasing signs that the Senate will flip as well — this new platform language is meaningless. The real question is why national gay organizations would rather demonize the presumptive Republican presidential nominee (or a chicken chain) than reach out to Republicans.
(More on this as time allows.)
*and bring in gay cash.
UPDATE: The Hill reports that “Democratic committee in charge of drafting the party’s platform ahead of the upcoming Democratic National Convention approved language supporting same-sex marriage, a source confirmed Monday.“