Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Why did Obama change positions on gay marriage?

"History will snort at the moral and intellectual flabbiness of Obama's conversion to the civil unions yes, gay marriage no position, which I believe to be calculated and purely political," writes Eric Zorn. "But history may hail this position as pragmatic -- a stepping-stone for progressive politicians whose hearts incline toward true equality but see in embracing the M-word the same sort of political suicide performed by those who were, for example, in the vanguard of the abolition of slavery. Gay marriage remains something of a toxic term. Marriage has deep religious and cultural roots; a certain meaning and significance that divorce-crazy heterosexuals cling to as their own special institution." READ MORE