I imagine the spin rooms/closets over at the Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud went a little nuts over the last few hours, in the wake of the President’s announcement of support for marriage equality. “How do we simultaneously get angry about this without people pointing out the obvious fact that the candidates we support sorta kinda hate us and don’t support much of anything when it comes to our human dignity or equal rights?! What do we say, what do we say, what do we say?”
Log Cabin Republicans say this:
“That the president has chosen today, when LGBT Americans are mourning the passage of Amendment One, to finally speak up for marriage equality is offensive and callous,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director. “Log Cabin Republicans appreciate that President Obama has finally come in line with leaders like Vice President Dick Cheney on this issue, but LGBT Americans are right to be angry that this calculated announcement comes too late to be of any use to the people of North Carolina, or any of the other states that have addressed this issue on his watch. This administration has manipulated LGBT families for political gain as much as anybody, and after his campaign’s ridiculous contortions to deny support for marriage equality this week he does not deserve praise for an announcement that comes a day late and a dollar short.”
Yes, Clarke, while we do acknowledge that Dick Cheney also supports marriage equality, we also live in the real world and understand that he is the exception to the rule in your party. Obama has simply come in line with the rest of his party.
GOProud continues the whine, in surprisingly similar terms. It’s almost like they run their messaging by each other beforehand so that their followers know exactly what to say later, bitterly, in comments sections:
“It is good to see that after intense political pressure that President Obama has finally come around to the Dick Cheney position on marriage equality. I am sure, however, the President’s newly discovered support for marriage is cold comfort to the gay couples in North Carolina. The President waited until after North Carolina passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.”
“This is hardly a profile in courage by President Obama. For years now, President Obama has tried his hardest to have it both ways on this issue.
Right Wing Watch points out the fact that the GOP candidate supports neither civil unions nor marriage equality, but remember, when dealing with gay conservatives, that they don’t really want dignity or equality; they just want to feel like they’re right.