Obama Talks Gay (Again)

Time’s running out for the presidential candidates.

The Iowa Caucuses are a mere 52-days away and trust the the hopefuls have been doing double time trying to persuade voters that they’re the real deal. Take, for example, Barack Obama

The Senator from Illinois spent some of his precious time readdressing the Donnie McClurkin anti-gay gospel gaffe. Obama writes for The Bilerico Project:

The events of the last several weeks are not the occasion that I would have chosen to discuss America’s divisions on gay rights and my own deep commitment to GLBT equality. Now that the issue is before us, however, I do not intend to run away from it. These events have provided an important opportunity for us to confront a difficult fact: There are good, decent, moral people in this country who do not yet embrace their gay brothers and sisters as full members of our shared community.

We will not secure full equality for all GLBT Americans until we learn how to address that deep disagreement and move beyond it.

Yeah, that’s totally true, but wouldn’t it just be easier to shame them into social submission? It is, after all, only fair. As for them being “moral” – sorry, babe, but we disagree. They can be good and decent, but saying gays burn in hell doesn’t qualify as “moral”. Misguided, yes, but not moral.

Obama goes on to highlight his homo-friendly political record, as well as vow to pass civil unions, the same lame legislative mechanism the New York Times calls “flawed”. Obama writes:

…I also believe that the federal government should not stand in the way of states that want to decide on their own how best to pursue equality for gay and lesbian couples – whether that means a domestic partnership, a civil union, or a civil marriage.

We won’t hold such political optimism – or willful thinking – against Obama, or any other candidate, but we have to point out that relying on federalism does not guarantee equal right for all, the main tenet of our constitution. But who wants to get into a legal debate? There’s an election to win!