The New York Times Tell President Obama To "Evolve Already" On Same Sex Marriage

The New York Times took President Obama to task today over his reluctance to endorse and/or do anything to make same sex marriage a reality America.

In the 2008 campaign, when Mr. Obama said he supported civil unions and believed marriage should be between men and women, he may have wanted to appeal to slightly more conservative voters who were wary of him.

After he took office, it became evident that Republicans intended to portray him as a radical, out-of-touch leftist no matter what he did. Supporting same-sex marriage at this point is hardly going to change that drumbeat, and any voter for whom that is a make-or-break issue will probably not be an Obama supporter anyway.

Firm support for gay marriage is, on the other hand, likely to help him among his cheerless base. Mr. Obama opposes the Defense of Marriage Act and is presiding over the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” He signed the United Nations declaration on gay rights, and allowed the Census to count same-sex relationships. But he has been absent from the biggest and most difficult drive of all.

Last Thursday, Barack Obama had the nerve to waltz into New York, dropped a few platitudes and walked off with $4 million of the gay (sheep) community’s money.

On Friday, Andrew Cuomo fulfilled a campaign pledge less than a year into office by threatening, cajoling, horse-trading and in general, worked his ass off to get marriage equality bill passed.

Now tell me who the “fierce advocate” for the gay community is. It sure as hell ain’t the “evolving” guy in the White House who probably would not be President today if  Lyndon Johnson felt the same way in 1964 about the civil Rights Act.


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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