President Obama took a giant step forward for Americans of every description when he affirmed his support for marriage equality.
As someone with gay family members, I definitely appreciate that. They’re now equal in his eyes, though sadly, not yet in the eyes of the law.
That will change.
Yes, our system sometimes moves too slowly. Now is one of those times, though moving it is, and in the right direction.
I’m not worried, as some say they are, about a possible political cost. Anyone who won’t vote for President Obama because of this would in all probability not have voted for him anyway.
I am worried about the few on the left who are commenting that it wasn’t an assertive enough affirmation.
That’s like getting something you’ve always wanted and complaining about the choice of wrapping paper. Bad form doesn’t even come close to describing it.
Undoing DOMA is still working its way through the courts, and once it does, along with the overturning of California’s Prop 8, the dam will burst. Equal protection – the proper grounds on which to attack these discriminatory laws and state amendments – will win out.
It’s the right thing to do. And it will be done.