I have to say that between DADT, DOMA, anti-bullying initiatives, and now this, the Obama administration has turned things around. Was it Rahm's departure? Was it the realization that gay issues have become a wedge that divides Republicans? Was it panic over the drop in gay donations to Dems during the mid-terms and the rise in the percentage of the gay vote going to Republicans? Whatever it was, whatever it is, I'll take it. Even if it is, as some have suggested, a cold political calculation and not true lurv, I'll take it. (Why wouldn't we want those cold political calculations to add up in our favor?)
I really hope it isn't true lurv. That can evaporate; political interests endure. But I want to second Dan's point. He and I were pretty brutal on the Obamaites for dragging their feet on civil rights in the first year or so. But they get it now. We should not be complacent, as the GOP becomes even more implacably hostile to gay equality. But we should give credit where it's due. The cumulative effect of Obama's incrementalism has changed the landscape.
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