Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Obama's reticence on gay issues could make practical sense


James Kirchick has a challenging article on Obama and gay rights in the Sunday Aug. 2, 2009 Washington Post. That is, “Obama said, ‘I don’t’. He may just mean it.” The link is here.

The tone of the story is that both Clinton and Obama have backpeddled on gay marriage (Clinton signed DOMA in 1996) and gays in the military (Clinton signed on to “don’t ask don’t tell”, although he wanted to add “don’t pursue” which didn’t stick) to avoid letting gays become a wedge issue for Republicans to “exploit” (Armey and his “Barney F__”).

Indeed, it’s possible to catch gays in existential traps about the meaning of otherwise private desires, and try to trap them into serving the stabilizing collective ends defined by others. I’ve found that out the hard way. Stay tuned.

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