Monday, May 14, 2012

first gay president

Barack Obama is no more our "first gay president" than Bill Clinton was our "first Black president." Obama is our first Black president. We've had a gay president, James Buchanan. The evidence is compelling in his personal behavior & his own words, & from what others in his own time wrote & observed. President Buchanan was known to be homosexual, although the word didn't  yet exist then (they had other terms like sexual inversion, perturbations).  Most American historians now accept this as fact. It's difficult to consider that America may have become more homo-bigoted in the 20th Century.

Mitt Romney, not Barack Obama, is strongly out-of-step with America.  True, most Americans still oppose equal marriage rights (by an ever-shrinking majority), but Americans know there isn't much the President can do to promote equal marriage rights. However,  a growing majority of Americans favor options like domestic partnerships & civil unions, including an increasing number of Republican insiders & operatives tired of writing off a large, affluent demographic over a losing cause. Mitt gains few votes by opposing all legal recognitions of  same sex domestic relationships. He does identify himself as someone drifting toward the edge of American mainstream culture. He has enough of a problem convincing Americans his rich kid, Mormon upbringing puts him in touch with the "average" American. Unlike George W. Bush, you can't even imagine having a beer with the guy.

President Obama in effect told us, "You knew I wasn't really opposed to equal marriage rights,  so let's stop the charade. Yeah, Biden pushed me to do it, but the why doesn't matter. It's all in the open now."

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