Today P.B.O. got tired off everyone’s bitchery and decided to grant America a press conference—how benevolent! We asked earlier that whether The Big O supports Prop 8 seeing as he supports the right of states to decide their own marriage laws. The short answer—no, you dummies.
After declaring himself more pro-LGBT that “the previous 43 Presidents” (pretty easy compared to George Washington and Yeehaw McStarWars) and then giving a laundry list of why he rocks the LGBTs so hard—DADT repeal, hate crimes legislation, declaring DOMA unconstitutional—Obama clarified his states’ rights position with the following fresh beats:
This administration under my direction, has consistently said, we cannot discriminate as a country against people on the basis of sexual orientation…
What I’ve seen happen over the last several years and what happened in New York last week – I think was a good thing because what you saw was the people of New York having a debate, talking through these issues. It was contentious, it was emotional – but ultimately they made a decision to recognize civil marriages. And I think that’s exactly how things should work. And so I think it is important for us to work through these issues – because each community is going to be different and each state is going to be different – to work through them. In the meantime, we filed briefs before the Supreme Court that say any discrimination against gays, lesbians, transgenders is subject to heightened scrutiny and we don’t think DOMA is unconstitutional (sic – they do think DOMA is unconstitutional). So the combination of what states are doing, what the courts are doing, the actions we’re taking administratively, all are how the process should work…
I think what you’re seeing is a profound recognition on the part of the American people that gays, lesbians and transgender persons are our brothers, our sisters, our children, our cousins, our friends, our co-workers and that they’ve got to be treated like every other American. And I think that principle will win out.
Let’s parse that real quick: he doesn’t believe in discrimination based on sexual orientation—thus it figures to reason that he would disagree with same-sex marriage bans like Prop 8. He acknowledges that political change requires action on a variety of levels and then says he thinks the process will help equality win in the end.
If that’s not support we don’t know what is.
Could he do more? Yeah, he could always do more. So could we. How much money have you spent drinking at queer bars? And how much have you spent donating to LGBT organizations you believe in? Be honest. Even for me it’s embarrassingly little.
Can we take a second to appreciate that none of the past presidents would have even deigned to address queers let alone have several yearly events and proclamations acknowledging them?
He’s called “No Drama” Obama for a reason and his quiet leadership and willingness to let queer activists hold his feet to the fire are arguably more effective then if he came out guns blazing with a red, white, and blue hard-on for the queers.
Yes, he can lead and use the bully pulpit on this issue, but he recognizes that the changes has to come from the American people as well. And if New York is any indication, we are winning.