2008 So I Hear There’s Going to Be a Big Obama Contingent in the Gay Pride Parade Tomorrow…
posted by June 28 at 14:15 PMon
In other parts of the country, gays are criticizing Obama for failing to support gay marriage and for his failure to do more personally to stop the anti-gay-marriage amendment in California, a state that holds a lot of homosexuals who are currently writing checks to Obama (with some now feeling like cheap dates) and also a lot of anti-gay-marriage African Americans who could perhaps be persuaded by Obama to vote no on the amendment.
Remember, homos: Obama is not a proponent of gay marriage—which even Sullivan, chief Obamaphile of the rational right, calls a stance borne of cowardice. (Sullivan also twists the “cowardice” knife by pointing out that Obama’s own parents knew something about wanting to be married at a time when many states wouldn’t allow their kind of marriage.)
Now, personally, I’m not all riled up. I think the lesson that the gay community learned in 2000 and 2004 is that it’s actually in the gay community’s interest to give a candidate like Obama a bit of breathing room on this. Sure, it hurts a bit, but there’s a lot more at stake than just gay rights in a presidential election, and as the gays (borrowing from MLK) like to say these days: “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.”
If getting the universe to bend in a pro-gay direction in the long-term means being thrown under a Democratic presidential candidate’s bus in the short-term… Well, the pro-Obama marchers at tomorrow’s parade will essentially be offering to strike this bargain: Bring it on, throw us under, roll back and forth across us, whatever it takes to win. Because long-term, we recognize that a Democrat in the White House will be better for gay rights than a Republican.
And after the last eight years, what savvy gay rights proponent can argue with that logic?