Monday, November 10, 2008

For the uses of the bully pulpit ...

Given that President-elect Barack Obama included gay Americans in his victory speech, would it be too much to ask that he use the bully pulpit of the Presidency to advocate for marriage rights for all Americans?

I mean, I know he opposes it personally, hewing to the idea that his own religious convictions should determine the State's definition of marriage, but seeing as how even Slate argues that it was legions of his supporters who pushed Prop 8 to victory in California, maybe he could do a little ... education for his supporters.

Got a mortgage payment here that says it's not going to happen, as much as I would love to be proven wrong.

1 comment:

pandora said...

I think it will happen, but it won't happen immediately. Too much like Clinton's "gays in the military." Obama would be foolish to lead off with this and allow parallels to be drawn between his and Clinton's administrations. Also, Prop 8 was placed on these ballets as a trap, to create a "fierce urgency of now." Conservatives want nothing more than for Obama to take the bait and place the Culture War front and center. That's my political perspective.

My personal perspective is quite different. I think Prop 8 sucked.