Yesterday, President Obama came out… in support of gay marriage. It was a “stop the presses” moment for much of the media, which only shows how slender a hold media barons have on reality, or perhaps how slender a hold they think the rest of us have.
Look. In 1996, Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act, whose major — most publicized — feature was that it allowed one state to refuse to recognize a same-sex marriage performed in another state.
- Clinton lately has said he’s sorry he signed the bill.
- Obama had already ordered the Justice Department not to defend the Act.
- Vice-President Joe Biden, and a few other prominent Democratic figures as well, have come out in favor of gay marriage.
- Mitt Romney is vocally opposed to it — at his most recent vocalizing, anyway.
What’s my point?
What else did the media, or anyone else, think the President was going to do?
My own reaction: it’s afuckingbout time. I’ve been losing respect for Obama, slowly but surely, for at least two years. This doesn’t regain all the lost ground, but it makes easier my already-made decision to vote for him in November.
Not that my vote will make a dime’s worth of difference. I live in a solid blue state; he’ll win here with or without me. Which leads to another rant — don’t worry, it’s a long way off — about our political process: the Electoral College, that cobbled-up bullshit intervention in the democratic process which ought to have been ruled unconstitutional at least 150 years ago.
Sorry, I did promise not to get into it now. I’ll behave. Honest.
See? I’m being have.