This is an issue I feel strongly about. I applaud Obama for publicly making this statement.
This is the third time where Obama has seemed to only care about LGBT issues during a summer election season. I'm glad he takes the stances he does, but I wish he didn't only do it when it was politically beneficial for him to do so.
You might remember that, in 2008, Obama campaigned on getting rid of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT). When Obama was elected, though, DADT was an issue that fell by the wayside. Obama's Democrats had commanding control of both houses of Congress (57-41 in the Senate and 256-178 in the House). Obama had the ability to, upon inauguration, get rid of DADT very rapidly and with no chance of losing.
But he didn't. If DADT was really that important to Obama he had the strength to bat it aside and not look back. Instead, though, after Obama was inaugurated you never heard about his dedication to ridding the military of DADT again. That is, until election season in 2010.
Suddenly, with an important election looming, Obama was again vocal about his dedication to get rid of DADT. DADT became a hot-button issue of the 2010 election. Obama and the Democrats campaigned long and hard on the issue.
I'm glad they campaigned on the issue in 2010. And I'm glad they were successful. Readers of this blog will remember that, on more than one occasion, I questioned the sincerity of Obama and DADT because of the timing gap. And I still do.
Today, as another election season begins to steam ahead, Obama suddenly cares about the gay community again. This time stating that he is now in favor of the rights of gays to marry.
Based on his history, I'll have to make a prediction on how this will unfold. I believe this will be a hotly discussed topic for the remainder of the election season. I believe Obama will most likely get re-elected. Then, I believe, we won't hear much more about gay rights. That is, until 2014. During 2014, Obama and Company will again suddenly make LGBT rights and awareness an issue.
I don't doubt Obama's support for these issues. I just wish he'd focus on them because he's dedicated to them and it's the right thing to do. Instead, he focuses on them because he's dedicated to his Party and it's the right thing to do for Obama.