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Check out this great clip of Janeane Garofalo being interviewed by Keith Olbermann on gay marriage.
Well, it's official! As of Wednesday, with Barack Obama's high profile signing of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, gay people have the right to be cannon fodder, to defend a country that hates them. If that sounds bitter, it's not. The right to be cannon fodder really is a step up for gay people. Granted it's not marriage equality or anything like that. I mean, let's get real. As gay people, we are good enough to die - but let's not get radical or anything, right Mr. President?
Thankfully there was in fact still one person left in the media to challenge the President's hypocrisy. ABC's Jake Tapper asked the President: “Is it intellectually consistent to say that gays and Lesbians should be able to fight and die for this country, but they should not be able to marry the people they love?”
The answer to that question, of course, is "No, it's not intellectually consistent."
But since President Obama is smarter than most of us, he had a different answer. His response was basically that he's still thinking about it. That's been his response for several years now. I'm not sure what he has to think about still. He says he has gay friends after all.
"I have friends, I have people who are working for me who are in powerful long lasting gay and lesbian unions. They are extraordinary people, and it is something that means a lot to them and they care deeply about."
For some reason, this sounded to me a lot like the response of a white racist when called out for his racism. "But, but, some of my best friends of black!"
But still, at least, President Obama is thinking about it. And he did offer some hope to gays and lesbians in this news conference. "My feelings are constantly evolving," he acknowledged.
Of course, he's been saying that for years now too, but after all, evolution is a very slow process, as any biologist will tell you. So perhaps, a couple million years from now, we'll be ready for radical things like "equality before the law." What amendment was that again? That would be the one that gave corporations the rights of personhood. Maybe one day it will apply to actual people as well.
While I'm thankful for Jake Tapper's question, I'd like to see someone in the media ask the President what the hold up is with his thinking processes. Why is it taking him so many years to think? We'd expect Bush to take a long time to think. But what is President Obama still thinking about while I wait for my rights and gay kids keep killing themselves?
Oh well, Obama is a patient man. He has his wife and gay friends to keep him company while he evolves. That will be of comfort for the gays and lesbians that will be fighting and dieing for the ideals this country was founded upon.
Let me leave the President with one thought, which might help him evolve a bit faster. Look into the Supreme Court case, "Loving vs. Virginia." That's the case back in 1967 that banned the ban on interracial marriages. Previously, many states had outlawed such marriages.
Mr. President, aren't you a product of an interracial marriage?
Thankfully, few object to interracial marriages today. We have evolved on that issue, although, I know some people are probably still thinking about it.
Maybe I'll leave the President with an additional thought. "Justice delayed is Justice denied." Perhaps a reporter should ask the President what he thinks about that quote? I'm waiting.
Jay Jordan Hawke is author of the Two-spirit Chronicles, which includes: Pukawiss the Outcast, A Scout is Brave, and Onwaachige the Dreamer.