Some people have very, very low expectations. For example, the following is being cheered:
President Obama today announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president.
In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process as an “evolution” that led him to this place, based on conversations with his own staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and conversations with his wife and own daughters.
“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told Roberts, in an interview to appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday.
It takes consultation with friends & family, observance of actual gay couples in the wild, and years of soul-searching to reach the conclusion “Y’know, preventing people who love each other from doing something we let everyone else do because they have the same plumbing is kinda sorta unfair”. The rank and file supporters of his faction of the ruling class, due to this, are squealing with delight like that pig in the stupid car insurance commercial.
My reaction: “…what? You want a cookie?”
As I have made a point of reminding folks on the issue of marriage, the “traditional” definition has been constantly changing since long before any of the ones currently on either side were born. The very concept of government being a party to it, in the scope of mankind, is relatively new, and the relationship until even more recently than that for those not barred from it was more like master & slave than that of equal partners. Within the current nature of the arrangement — that being an overlap of the deeply personal/philosophical/spiritual or what have you, & the political — I believe in the rule that the state should be non-discriminatory until it is non-existent. While the worth of government recognition is in my view zilch, if others disagree then I’m not going to stop them.
So, this flawed, internally contradictory but nonetheless important to many people status exists, and a man has declared that in his view, of the things that the state does to people, denying them access to this should not be one of them (though, if people want to do so on a state level, go ahead, he adds. Because rights have neatly drawn boundaries). Many people already believe this, & it is not news. They don’t matter.
Who it is finally coming around to this view matters simply because he is The Motherf—ing President. He who has their finger hovering over The Button is who is relevant.
The real question is why the relationships of consenting adults is anyone else damn business whatsoever. That Obama’s view of said relationships is of even the most remote concern should stand as a lesson for us all, a lesson about the absolutely suicidal and absurd amount of power a few people hold in this society. When the views of anyone else on that which does not harm them simply roll off, relevance vanished, that’s when you’ll know true equality — and freedom — has been achieved.
Edit: figures I’d hit Publish right before someone shares w/ Marc Ambinder (and thus, I’m assuming until further notice, the world, since it got retweeted like crazy) this…