Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Obama's Coming Out

Today was an historic day. What we suspected all along has finally become reality. Obama declared the country a communist atheistic nanny state that wants to tear families apart and give everyone big checks cut from the private accounts of every corporation and rich person in America. Also he told us that his birth certificate is faked and that he is a Muslim terrorist hell bent on making sure that everyone gets an abortion and marries gay illegal immigrants.

Actually Obama merely came out in support of gay marriage. Everyone sort of suspected that he already supported it but never really said anything. Then Biden slipped up—he says things! What a throw back to W. Anyways, Biden’s constantly running mouth revealed that the current administration is not necessarily opposed to gay marriage in any meaningful way.

Now, it seems that Obama said so himself. Here’s the full quote:

“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together; when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that 'don't ask, don't tell' is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”

That’s right, the president supports equal marriage rights for gays. The implication is not going to really be a policy one; the middle of election season doesn’t inspire much by way of actual policy. But it does draw a pretty sharp line in the sand.

Mitt Romney is pretty anti-gay rights. He has two things to say about this. The first is that it’s a state’s rights issue and that they should decide. And his platform states that he supports a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Obvious hypocrisy relating to federal versus state action aside, Mitt Romney doesn’t really seem to care too much about queer rights.

And the pundits are asking, “will black people who are anti-gay be mad at Obama? Will they vote for Romney instead?” Don’t be daft. The African American community largely supports same-sex marriage and there is little doubt that they won't switch their vote based solely on gay marriage. Even less likely is that Romney is going to get those votes. People probably just won’t show up to the polls.

Even that’s ridiculous. The Republican Party is having a lot of trouble with its platform because it is already fairly exclusionary. Obama can afford to take up one or two divisive issues without losing entire sections of his voting block. Realistically the Republican Party is composed of a far more uniform group of individuals that have been leaning on extreme ideologies. Obama has plenty of wiggle room to firmly support some controversial issues while still keeping many of his diverse constituents.

Sometimes it feels like the pundits are just trying to make this race look close or the implications vast. Realistically it affirms only that Obama is thinking like the young people who will be running this country someday. They want a world free of arbitrary distinctions based on sexual preference. For if the bedroom is truly outside the domain of government, why are all gay discrimination laws based solely on an individual’s bedroom acts?