It’s not enough for Barack Obama to be America’s first real black (ok, half black) president. If Bill Clinton was as Tony Morrison said, America’s first black president because Clinton understood black people, then in the same sense Barack Obama can be the first gay President. He surely seems to understand and support the gay lifestyle:
During his campaign, Barack Obama made some audacious promises to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. He supported the repeal of both “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act. He rejected the Federal Marriage Amendment and any attempt to stifle state efforts to legalize civil unions or same-sex marriage. He stated that the federal government should recognize all state laws respecting such relationships. He called for a more comprehensive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and the inclusion of both sexual orientation and gender identity in federal hate crimes statutes. He supported Medicaid coverage for low-income, HIV-positive Americans, and sharp increases in funding for HIV/AIDS research. He endorsed the re-authorization of the Ryan White CARE Act and was a vocal advocate for expanding initiatives to deal with the increasingly global AIDS crisis. He wouldn’t support marriage equality — a stance we understood politically, but never accepted morally — but he did endorse civil unions that give same-sex couples the same legal rights and privileges as married heterosexual couples. –Timothy Patrick McCarthy for HUFFPOST Politics, 10/2009
While the gay community was outraged the president didn’t deliver right away on their dreams, they finally struck gold in the December 2010 lame duck session of Congress. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) was repealed and now gay men and women can serve in the military. This long sought goal came on Obama’s watch. Give him the credit. . . or the blame.
Give him the credit for this too:
In late February, the White House and its Department of Justice announced that it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. It is a warning of moral decay that America has reached a point where it requires a law to assert this definition, recognized from the dawn of civilization, of mankind itself. –Alan Caruba, westernfrontamerica.com
Today, in the state of New York, gays legally married for the first time. They love Obama’s liberal agenda in New York. Governor Cuomo marches right along to the Obama cadence and so now New York slouches a little father towards, well, you know. With the gay lifestyle going mainstream, I wonder what the culture will look like 10 years hence? While the left would scream that’s a question only a homophobe would ask, centuries upon centuries of custom and culture beg for an answer.
Barack Obama promised fundamental change. He’s delivered in many ways including DADT and many appointments and nominations like Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court and Kevin Jennings as the “Safe School Czar.” Clearly, he’s earned it. Let’s give it to him. Obama is the first gay president.