Good. David Boaz takes a look at Obama’s evolution, devolution and re-evolution and concludes “Nevertheless, he’s in the right place now.” For politicians, let us not forget, it’s all politics. Sorry, but it is.
Having an equivocal position on marriage equality from the leader of the party gay people fund and devote thousands of volunteer hours to support is not acceptable in 2012. Obama has finally come to terms with that.
Now, onward the fight. It will take both parties supporting legal equality for gay citizens in order to ensure our rights are respected and protected. It’s often pointed out that GOP candidates backed by Tea Party groups combine fiscal conservatism with an anti-gay social agenda, including support for a constitutional amendment that would federalize marriage and impose one definition from Washington on the states. But there is no inherent, immutable reason why those favoring constitutional restraints on government in all other areas should support government intrusion into the most intimate of personal relationships. Many Western European conservative leaders have come to realize this. In the U.S., libertarians have long supported personal liberty that encompasses freedom from government with regard to confiscatory taxation and over-regulation, along with expanded civil liberties and equal rights under the law without discrimination.
The fact that today’s Republican party staunchly opposes gay equality should signal that this is where our efforts should be focused.