NO i don’t actually want to hear anything more about obama’s “support” for gay marriage until his administration actually makes positive steps to support some type of federal measure
at the very least he/they could vocally oppose state measures intended to prevent gay marriage or discriminate against gay people
i will not be applauding
Right. To the extent the state extends a privilege (marriage) it must do so equally. Period. And while I’m glad Obama said what he said, he knows full well federalism is not appropriately used as a cover for the states to disenfranchise disfavored minorities.
That said, talking with a friend about Roe this afternoon - she made that argument that SCOTUS stepped in too early, we were better off having the states continue to liberalize their abortion laws, because the process didn’t happen organically via legislatures it polarized abortion much more than it would have been otherwise, etc. You’ve heard it.
I understand that argument, and strategically, I get why the LGBT establishment prefers the state-by-state, let’s-knock-down-DOMA-first strategy rather than this prop8/SCOTUS thing, and of course I get why Obama chose not to give his full-throated, “Of course the states and federal government must recognize the marriage of two people of the same sex of course they may not discriminate; we have a long line of jurisprudence saying exactly that! Loving, see romer, lawrence, etc.”
But you know what? Obama’s made the political calculus that he can’t afford to do that. Fine. In a utilitarian sense, in winning-the-election sense, perhaps even for the rights of LGBT folks over the long run sense, that may have been the right call. But the other side of that calculus is that I get to be mad at him for this federalism-allows-states-to-ignore-the-14th-amendment idea. Or at least not give him accolades for it.