This week the number one issue in America has been Gay Marriage, though at first I didn't think I'd need to write a post about it. I was with lots of people on Tuesday when North Carolina's surprisingly horrible voting population decided to throw a constitutional amendment against Gay Marriage, thus cementing years of prejudice and shame for that state. But that's nothing new, states all across the country have been putting in place these bans, and one day we'll all have to suffer the accusatory eyes of our grandchildren when they come home having learned about this sorry issue in their school history class. I wonder what explanation North Carolina voters will be able to come up with when trying to explain why they acted in such reprehensible ways? "You don't understand, it was another time!" "We thought God was telling us to." "We were misled by the Republicans."* I'll have a clear conscious, my grandkids could read this exact post and know I'm clear of history's judgment.
But what really made this week interesting was President Barack Obama's decision to appear in public and declare himself a supporter of Gay Marriage. Previously Obama has claimed that he was either against Gay Marriage (and even more previously claimed to be a support in the 90s), then he claimed to have his views "evolving" in what everybody knew to be bullshit political talk for "I'm support Gay Marriage, and I'm going to be open soon enough, just when its most political expedient to me". This week in a rather bold move Obama, gathered all of America together, looked us right in the eye, and said "Yes, I'm Gay... for same-sex marriage". You have to give him credit here, even if this was a crass political move, or something he wasn't planning on doing directly, I don't really care about motives. Obama is a politician, not a saint, his integrity means little to me as long as he does what needs to be done. And supporting Gay Marriage is what needed to be done. This is a huge step, when the most powerful man on Earth tells the world exactly what we need to be told. Yeah, North Carolina won a minor battle for the Right Wing, but they lost a huge battle here, when the Presidency legitimizes homosexual couples and their way of life.
Of course, there was a response. The one that's most interesting to me was Mitt Romney's, since he jumped immediately into "no same-sex marriage for anybody!" So Mitt, I guess you wanted my vote in November, huh? Yeah, I don't think that's going to happen.
* Given the current trajectory of the Republican Party into downright fascinating levels of absurdity, to the point that respected moderates like Rick Lugar cannot hold their place against Tea Party fanatics, I wonder if there even will be a Republican Party by the time we have my hypothetical conversation with our grandkids. Mitt Romney actually could be a real option for President... only he has to flip deeply into extreme Conservatism just to appear viable by the Republican base, and even then they still hate him. Its really a shame, an entire half of our political thought in this country has been highjacked by crazies, which even in the best case scenario of their total defeat leaves me worried about a solely Left-run future.