May 9, 2012
Back in 2008 it was the black Christian vote that defeated gay marriage in California. African Americans voted for Obama, but while they were there, they voted against gay marriage. It’s one of those stories no one wanted to talk about. Now, things become interesting: do African American churches, hearing the president say that “my Christian beliefs” inform this newly declared viewpoint, simply give up their own beliefs to support his do they stand for their own? And then, who’s Christian beliefs are right? That’s a whole ball of wax I bet no one wanted to deal with in this election.
I have wondered ever since Joe Biden and Arne Duncan came out in favor of gay marriage, whether it wasn’t his own administration trying to push him. Mark Knoller at CBS is saying “no dispute that his hand was forced”. I’ll leave it to others to determine what that says about the president.
That brings us to S.E. Cupp’s column today in the New York Daily News, where she writes, “the LGBT community shouldn’t feel too bad: Gay marriage is hardly the only casualty of the President’s political paralysis. In recent months, he’s made a habit of equivocating on tough issues, preferring to remain either cautious or cowardly, depending on how you want to see it.”
RELATED: David Harsanyi on Obama as ‘Progressive federalist.’ Does the president support federalism on the issue of abortion as he does on gay marriage? If not, why? Harsanyi hints that Jake Tapper might want to broach the issue with Jay Carney at the next White House presser.
MORE: Related thoughts from Bryan Preston at the Tatler.