That’s what one writer says.
Before you start screaming “foul” en route to resuming your gay-victory celebration, kindly check out the article by Roger Stone.
It makes some points.
“Once Gay Americans are through celebrating President Barack Obama‘s ‘personal’ support of Gay marriage equality, they will learn that Obama’s ‘evolution’ changes nothing. Obama’s new position is a bullshit cop-out.
“This comes on the heels of a cynical Obama campaign pirouette where Team Obama trotted out first Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then Vice President ‘Crazy’ Joe Biden to say they support gay marriage and imply that the President would too–after the election.
“Now, incredibly, Obama says Gay marriage is a state issue. That’s what they used to say about abortion and before that, slavery. Now the President says he believes that gay couples should be able to marry but he doesn’t believe they have a right to do so. Obama would leave the question to the states–in other words- the status quo. This is like saying that public schools ought to be integrated but if the people of Mississippi disagree, well it’s up to them.
“If Obama believes that marriage equality is a constitutionally guaranteed civil right, as former Governor Gary Johnson does, than it can’t be abridged by the states. Forty-four states currently ban gay marriage. Under Obama millions of Americans in most states will continue be denied the right to marry the person of their choice.
“Obama’s position is that, while he personally supports gay marriage, those 44 states are perfectly within their rights to arbitrarily restrict the access of certain individuals to marriage rights based solely on their sexual orientation.
“There are currently at least three cases winding their way toward federal courts that address the issue of whether the equal protection clause of the constitution guarantees gay men and women the same access to marriage rights as heterosexual men and women…
“Obama new position on Gay marriage undercuts the pro-marriage arguments in those cases.
“For Obama to declare that he considers North Carolina and other states’ bans on gay marriage to be unconstitutional (which they are) would probably energize the Republican base. Team Obama knows that African Americans overwhelmingly oppose gay marriage equality and fear that a more sweeping forthright stand by the President might put Ohio, Colorado, North Carolina, and Virginia out of reach.
“Obama could take a lesson in leadership from Governor Andrew Cuomo who brought Republicans and Democrats together to make same-sex marriage legal in New York State. Instead Obama tries to have it both ways.
“Barack Obama is playing a cruel and cynical game with peoples lives and happiness. He did nothing to establish that gay marriage is a right yesterday.”
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 10, 2012