Andrew Sullivan’s already established that he’s in political love with Barack Obama. And that love only continues to grow.
Obama’s queer commitment continued yesterday when he appeared at a black church and took on pious people’s homophobia: “I hear people saying things that I don’t think are very Christian with respect to people who are gay and lesbian”. Sullivan says Obama’s statement should prove – once and for all – that he’s meant to be our next president:
To hear someone defend gay and lesbian dignity and equality from a Christian perspective and to do so in the context of a largely African-American crowd, is much, much more than any candidate for the presidency has ever done. It’s a break through. If it were just words, it would be one thing. But he has now done this repeatedly in front of black crowds, when he didn’t have to.
What Obama is doing on the gay issue has the potential transform it and help us as a society to move past it. No, he’s not a savior. No, we shouldn’t expect miracles. No, we should never delegate the work of our equality to anyone else. We, after all, are the ones we’ve been waiting for. But within the Democratic contest, the case for backing Obama at this point in time is, to my mind, urgent, vital, historic.
Gay Americans must not throw this chance away.
So, reader, are you buying it?