Unless you are totally off-line, you know that today President Obama, in an interview with ABC News, went on the record saying that he believes gay Americans should be able to get married. WOO HOO!!! FUCK YEAH!! YIPEEEE!!!!11!!111!!!1!!!1!!!! Here is a link to the video. You should watch.
I'm clearly excited, though I can't help but have some mixed feelings. This doesn't actually change anything-as far as I can tell, no policies will change as a result of this announcement. But it really is a Big Fucking Deal. Just yesterday, North Carolina voted overwhelmingly to approve Amendment One. If you are not in North Carolina, the ballot read:
Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognize. (source: Ballotpedia)
This constitutional amendment made not just same-sex marriage illegal (which it already was, I'm told) but could also affect unmarried, opposite-sex couples. It was approved by 61% of the voters. Polls less than a week before the vote suggested that only 40% of likely voters understood that the amendment outlawed both marriage equality and civil unions and that there was very little support for the amendment by those that understood it. Yay democracy. DFS. Minnesota, Washington, and Maine will vote on marriage equality this fall.
The fact that President Obama is willing to "evolve" on the issue of marriage equality is fan-fucking-tastic. But I especially love the part where he uses his Christian religion as the justification for why he has this view:
“The thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the golden rule — you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated. And I think that’s what we try to impart to our kids, and that’s what motivates me as president.”
I LOVE that he threw the Golden Rule up at the anti-equality crowd. And not just because I'm an atheist. Good job on staking out some high moral ground. Of course, Fox News was fair and balanced when they announced the news:
So classy. They have apparently changed the title of the article, removing the "war on marriage" bit. Mitt Romney, notably, hasn't flip-flopped on this issue. He is still firmly NOT in favor of marriage equality. This is no surprise. Based on the way the Grenell fiasco went down, it seems pretty clear that Mittens really doesn't wan to do/say anything that gets the religious folks pissed off at him. Because maybe someday they will like him! (doubtful) Of course, he has made his position somewhat incoherent so that you never really know what he thinks. According to Mitt:
“Well when these issues were raised in my state of Massachusetts, I indicated my view, which is I do not favor marriage between people of the same gender, and I do not favor civil unions if they are identical to marriage other than by name. My view is the domestic partnership benefits, hospital visitation rights, and the like are appropriate but that the others are not.”
Sooo...he approves of civil unions that aren't identical to marriage? I think?
I suspect that the President's statement will bring out all kinds of crazy. Even more than is normal for an election year. The anti-gay rhetoric will probably get ugly. But maybe not. After all, Shep Smith over at Fox News reacted to the President's statement by asking reporter Ed Henry:
“I am curious whether you believe in this time of rising debt and medical issues and all the rest, if Republicans would go out on a limb and try to make this a campaign issue while sitting very firmly without much question on the wrong side of history”
Holy. Fuck. Did I just agree with a Fox News anchor????!!?!!!???????