Can it get any more pathetic for the anti-gay marriage president? He’s so weak in the knees he’s reduced to trotting out his surrogates to endorse gay marriage, yet isn’t man enough to just come out in support of it.
Barack Obama is embarrassing himself. And showing “he’s willing to play politics with civil rights,” said gay activist Sue O’Connell. And missing a chance to re-energize young, socially liberal Americans who swooned for him in ’08 but now see neither “hope” nor “change,” but massive college debt and meager prospects for jobs.
He’s managed all this by dispatching spokesmen — in a nano-second — to say, ‘No, no, no.’ He still opposes gay marriage even though Vice President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan both just said they favor it — and even though no one I know believes him.
Come on. Barack Obama to the right of conservative Dick Cheney? And also right of those millions of Americans who’ve changed their mind since 2008, when Obama could use a first-time presidential run as a thin, but pragmatic, excuse for “evolving” on gay marriage?
Well, four years into office we’re supposed to buy that he’s still “evolving.”
“I guess he’s not evolved yet,” says a suspicious Richard Tisei, a gay Republican running for Congress against Democrat John Tierney.
“It’s cowardice, but not unexpected,” says Tom Lang of pro-gay marriage Know Thy Neighbor, adding that he’s even more disheartened by the president’s continued refusal to sign an executive order preventing discrimination against gay federal workers.
“Who’s not going to vote for Obama who’s supporting him now, based on same-sex marriage?” asked O’Connell of Bay Windows, a newspaper serving the gay community.
And that right there shows how duplicitous he is. He’ll gladly take money from the gay community and pay them lip service, yet he doesn’t have the guts to just come out and endorse gay marriage. Why is that?
Look at the demographics, folks. It’s all about placating certain segments of his coalition.
Anchoring the push are pro-Amendment 1 black clerics from North Carolina and around the nation with strong ties to NOM, such as Maryland’s Bishop Harry R. Jackson, who’s also leading the effort to overturn his own state’s recent law granting gays the right to marry, and Philadelphia-based Rev. Herbert Lusk, who appears in one of NOM’s latest video campaigns, “Is Gay Marriage a Civil Right? African-American and Latino Leaders Speak Out.” In April, Rev. George D. McKinney of San Diego helped launched an initiative for NOM with the Coalition of African American Pastors to collect 100,000 signatures around the country on behalf of keeping marriage something restricted to opposite-sex couples in North Carolina.
No pastor, however, has advocated as strongly for Amendment 1 as Rev. Patrick Wooden of The Upper Room Church of God in Christ — a 3,000-member African-American congregation in Raleigh, N.C. Appearing everywhere from NOM-led rallies to its latest video, Wooden — who has an extensive history of homophobic outbursts — has become an eager public face for NOM’s divisive strategy. Along the way, he’s become a sound-bite ready foil for the large number of prominent black pastors campaigning against Amendment 1 — including Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP.
Let’s face it: Obama has zero principles and will do and say anything to retain power. If he openly support gay marriage he risks lowering black turnout. He figures the gays will support him regardless, but will they?