Boy, this is turning out to be a shitty Pride Month. With the Albany coup making the New York gay marriage bill more problematic than ever, state senator Tom Duane, previously rumored open to joining the rebels to get the bill passed, now says he’s completely behind Malcolm Smith and seems to indicate he won’t support the rebels even if they hold the chamber and move the bill. And the Obama Justice Department has filed to dismiss a federal gay marriage case that challenges the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). AmericaBlog parses the filing and finds its defense of DOMA “despicable, and gratuitously homophobic” (“He told the court, in essence, that blacks deserve more civil rights than gays, that our civil rights are not on the same level”). Queerty asks, “This is the president we voted for?”
Like much else with Obama, we can only hope it’s part of some long-term rope-a-dope that plays out to progressive advantage. Sigh. Oh well, enjoy the parade!