Pressure on Obama to deal with gay issues

President Obama was noticeably silent last month when the Iowa Supreme Court overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

But now Mr. Obama — who has said he opposes same-sex marriage as a Christian but describes himself as a "fierce advocate of equality" for gay men and lesbians — is under pressure to engage on a variety of gay issues that are coming to the fore amid a dizzying pace of social, political, legal and legislative change.

Social issues like same-sex marriage bring together deeply held principles and flashpoint politics, and many gay activists, aware that Mr. Obama is also dealing with enormous challenges at home and overseas, have counseled patience.

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It has been past 100 days, and some gay activists are getting impatient with Obama. Do people think Obama can just do a complete 180 on the whole entire populace to accept gay marriage?

Now some are upset with Obama because he did not include any gays or lesbians in his cabinet, and even more upset if Obama does not pick a pro-gay Supreme Court nominee.

What if Obama could not find any good pro-gay candidates? I guess that does not matter. It seems to me just like with any other group, they can put it in a nice shiny press release saying that the Chief of Staff is the first [insert ethnic, religious, sex affiliation] ever to hold the position.

Could it even be said that gay issues may prove to be a conflict point within the Democratic Party? If Mr. Obama reverses on his stance on same-sex marriage, then he alienates the moderates and religious voters in the party. Of course, how can folks be sure that all Democrats are in favor of same-sex marriage? It is more likely that they would openly support same-sex civil unions, but marriage is always the touchy point. Semantics!

Gay issues are obviously a touchy topic to address but it must be done so in a patient way. If you push too hard, it will backfire.


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