Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Quote of the Month

"I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don't Ask Don't Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married."

-- President Barack Obama

Whether you believe this decision to be politically motivated doesn't really matter -- the bottom line is that it's historic, it carries significant risk for any sitting president up for reelection, and it affirms in no uncertain terms Obama's ongoing commitment to gay rights in this country.

Yesterday's blow struck against both basic civil rights and the march of progress by the scared-shitless yokels of North Carolina means almost nothing in the long run. As I've said many times here -- freedom expands. And no matter how many asinine laws are passed out of ignorance and prejudice, the genie is already out of the bottle and gay marriage will become a reality throughout the nation eventually.

It's only a matter of time -- and there's nothing anyone can do to stop it.

Adding: Andrew Sullivan's take on this is, not surprisingly given the subject matter, especially lovely and powerful.

Adding Further: This. The president needs to draw the line between himself and his opponents in the Republican party as distinctly as possible right now. And by taking the stand he did, he couldn't have made the choice any clearer.


Mart said...

I wish this was not an issue folks vote on, but since it is, the POTUS's transformation over the years has really been remarkable to watch. Two thumbs up.

calebshires said...

Quote of the Year

ntx said...

Andrew Sullivan calls it. On the supposed political calculus of President Obama's statement: "The clearer the choice this year the likelier his victory."

Anonymous said...

this may very well give the second term to Obama (hopefully so). or not.

Jeffrey L. Smith said...

I have spent my entire life in North Carolina. The result in North Carolina should come as no surprise because the opponents of human rights did a better job of mobilizing their constituency. The state is wedged between the Old South - fundamentalist, self-righteous, and bigoted - and what it is trying to become - tolerant of others' rights as human beings. I can only hope that as a prominent state Republican said, the Amendment will be repealed within twenty years.

Respect for human rights begins in the family and I for one am raising my children to respect people for who they are and for the strength of their character, not the color of their skin or their sexual orientation.

namron said...

My first thought was "great but there go the swing states." On reflection, though, it was a brilliant tactic. His base needs to be enregized. It gives true undecideds something other than the unemplyment rate to consider. And, it makes Romney's dash to the middle much harder. OB just moved the middle considerably to the left. Mitt has to lose two evangelical crazies for every one undecided he gets if he finesses his opposition to gay marriage. I always seem to forget that while all others are playing checkers, POTUS is playing chess.

Anonymous said...

Much like the troops pull out; timed and politically motivated.

But with the weight of the office behind him (not his actual intention of DOING something on the issue) he gets my thumbs up.