This just in from The Advocate:
In response to an inquiry from The Advocate, the White House issued the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s position on same-sex relationship recognition voter referenda in Maine and Washington.
“The President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same-sex couples, and as he said at the Human Rights Campaign dinner, he believes ‘strongly in stopping laws designed to take rights away.’ Also at the dinner, he said he supports, ‘ensuring that committed gay couples have the same rights and responsibilities afforded to any married couple in this country.’”
See, this is exactly why I think we resent Obama as of late. Did he say, “Vote No on 1 in Maine”? No. Did he say, “Approve Referendum 71 in Washington”? No.
He literally said, “Look at what I said before. You’re not getting any more out of me.”
Now, let’s take a look back at 1978 and President Carter when Proposition 6 threatened to take rights away from gays and lesbians in California. Here’s an excerpt from a May 2009 article about California’s Attorney General, Jerry Brown:
In fact, at the conclusion of then-President Jimmy Carter’s speech on the west steps of the state Capitol in 1978, just as he moved away from the microphone, Brown leaned in to Carter and whispered something in the president’s ear. Carter turned back to the microphone and said, “And I urge you to vote no on Proposition 6.”
President Carter, himself, at a public speaking event, openly stated which way he thinks people should vote on a state proposition. That moment might have made a huge difference in the fate of all those teachers whose jobs were on the line.
It’s now 30 years later, and our “fierce advocate” cannot offer the same kind of support? Even in a simple White House statement, he can’t even bring himself to mention the specific ballot measures that threaten people’s rights. It’s hard not to look at this little piece of press and wonder if our President is a political coward when it comes to speaking out for our rights.
I continue to be unimpressed. Apparently, we still need to put more pressure on him. The March alone was not enough.