The news media will be flooded for the next few weeks about President Obama’s announcement on ABC television today that he supports gay marriage. Mostly, it will be the opposition making fire-and-brimstone predictions that the world will stop spinning on it’s axis, with floods, famine and raining toads coming next.
Yes, it took a lot of courage for the very first sitting president to come out in support of same sex marriage, but it was a long time coming. However, making that simple statement of position doesn’t actually change any policy. He still supports the right of individual states (like North Carolina) to decide whether to legalize it there. There is no action being taken to end DOMA, other than refraining from going out of their way defending it. And there is no condemnation of mixing religion and politics to oppose it.
My fear now is that it could hurt him in the election. Now is the time to rally the liberal troops and get out there to battle the conservatives with reason and facts, and have the leader of the free world on our side – at least for the next few months… This pronouncement could backfire if it’s too soon.