I've long supported and will continue to support gay Republicans in their effort to move their party into the 21st century, as Shep Smith so pithily put it last night. But I have to say I was taken aback by the hackish partisanship these groups displayed on a day like yesterday. To be gay and be partisan yesterday seems to me like a classic example of what has gone wrong with our political conversation. Here's my friend, Clarke Cooper, of LCR:
"That the president has chosen today, when LGBT Americans are mourning the passage of Amendment One, to finally speak up for marriage equality is offensive and callous."
Anyone who watched that interview and believed that it was offensive and callous is, well, lost. Clarke thinks gay people should be "angry" today that it took Obama so long, while his own party leaders want to amend the federal constitution to ban all rights for gay couples for ever and refused to stand up publicly for a gay spokesman targeted solely because he was gay. GOProud isn't as bad but still off-key:
It is good to see that after intense political pressure that President Obama has finally come around to the Dick Cheney position on marriage equality.
But Cheney never lifted a finger anywhere to advance equality for his own daughter, was part of an administration that backed a federal constitutional amendment to ban marriage for gays for ever, reacted with disgust when John Edwards brought up the fact of his lesbian daughter in a debate, and got re-elected by exploiting anti-gay sentiment among Christianists in Ohio. And, since then, the GOP has become more dominated by Christianists, more ferociously anti-gay (remember the boos for a gay servicemember in one of the debates?) and more defined by its hostility to gay citizens than ever.
No deal, guys. Are you just nasty partisan hacks or part of a civil rights movement?