Today, many gay Americans will vote (or have already) enthusiastically for Barack Obama in large part because of his recent evolution on gay marriage.
This evolution, however, has not translated into action. He has yet to put forward a legislation to recognize same-sex marriages — or even same-sex civil unions. Nor has he pressed Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). He hasn’t even sat down with congressional leaders to map out a strategy.
He never reached out personally to Republicans open (or potentially open) to backing gay marriage to ask for their help in realizing federal recognizing of same-sex unions. Just as it was with gay marriage, so was it with immigration reform. Four years ago, he promised Hispanic voters that he would pass immigration reform in his first year in office.
And except for a few perfunctory meetings, he never tried to forge a compromise with legislators from both parties. He just didn’t make any effort to realize his promises.
The bottom line here is to repeat what we said last month. Barack Obama’s evolution on gay marriage was for nothing; if he’s reelected he has said, he won’t do anything to push for federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Or even civil unions.
As it is with gay marriage in 2012, it was with immigration reform in 2008: Barack Obama was pandering in order to secure the votes and campaign cash of an important constituency.
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