Follow politics long enough — or even just a week — and you’re bound to come to the cynical conclusion that there’s no such thing as a coincidence, especially during an election year. President Obama announced yesterday that he’d gone “through an evolution on this issue” of same-sex marriage and now believes that his previous halfway stance — that civil unions were sufficient for gay couples — was no longer enough.
“When I think about members of my own staff who are incredibly committed, in 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’re not able to commit themselves in a marriage,” Obama told ABC’s Robin Roberts. “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.”
Liberals rejoiced, with celebrities and Democratic politicians expressing their gratitude and excitement in Twitter posts and TV interviews . Fox’s Shepard Smith welcomed the president to the 21st century and described opponents of same-sex marriage as being “on the wrong side of history.” And yet my own enthusiastic approval of Obama’s semi-reversal was tempered by its timing. Thursday, one day after his historic announcement, the president is at George Clooney’s house raising a record fundraising haul from the Hollywood elite. READ FULL STORY