by Dan Savage
on Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 5:01 PM
The mainstream media—thanks in part to a scathing letter sent to the White House today by HRC—is starting to pay attention to the anger of gay rights activists, gay organizations, and the gay rank-and-file. Check out the AP photo that CBS used to illustrate this piece. But a note to CBS...
Many of the staffers in the Obama White House also served under President Bill Clinton, and they remember well how much political capital taking on gay rights cost Clinton early in his administration. But while gay rights advocates signaled sympathy to those concerns early in the Obama administration, their patience appears to be running out.
...it's not 1993 anymore. Look at the polling on gay issues in 1993 and compare those polls to current polls. Sorry, but "1993" is not a good enough excuse. When Obama promised "leadership" and "fierce advocacy" on issues like DOMA and DADT he knew damn well what went down in 1993. If he meant, "I'll be your fierce advocate... kinda late in my second term," he should've said that. And if a Clinton-era shitstorm on a particular issue precludes action on that issue today, why touch healthcare? The Clinton healthcare debacle left more Democrats stumbling around with political PTSD than gays-in-the-military did.