So I’m blowing up this blog thing today to make up for lost time from the busy hectic-ass semester. Which brings me to the latest thing: Have you been watching CNN today? The news is all crazy about people in the White House coming out in favor of same-sex marriage. It started with Vice President Joe Biden coming out in favor of gay marriage yesterday, and now a few more Obama folks have voiced their support, including education secretary Arne Duncan and HUD secretary Shaun Donovan. (Although, to be fair, Donovan has supported gay and trans rights for some time.) Why’s it taking so long for the President himself to come out in support of us?
Sure, there’s the politics thing: gay marriage is a touchy issue for some folks, and he’s got a hard election to win. However, according to CNN’s little poll thing this morning, 53% of Americans actually have a heart. Why can’t the Pres get in the game here? It’d be a wise move. He won in 2008 by offering change and hope. If he came out in favor of marriage equality, he could create a platform of hope for queers and help us feel like we’re actually part of the tent. Sure, he repealed DADT, but that’s just one battle in the epic war for equality.
And why do only 53% of Americans support marriage equality? For me, that number is way too low. Sure, we’ve got the majority, but still, I can’t believe that 47% of my neighbors are that closed-minded. If gay marriage is against your religion, you don’t have to do it! Find a church that suits your bigoted needs and go there instead of more open-minded churches. Your marriage will be in no way weakened because people who love each other are able to express that love. How would that even work? It seems to me that more people getting to share in the love would strengthen marriage. If anything, Evangelical Christians getting married at the age of 20 and divorced by 25 are the ones weakening marriage.
Anyway, I’m glad to see that we’re getting more powerful allies. Hopefully it’s only a matter of time before the President throws his hat in with us.