"In order to be the kind of transformational leader he can be, he should show the country the way forth on dismantling the so-called Defense of Marriage Act so that the law no longer robs the states of their right to decide the question of marriage, nor deprives lawfully married gay Americans of their federal benefits. That's the advice I'm giving to all the people I know who might actually influence the speech. If you want to be a leader, this is the speech in which to do it."
-- Equality Matters President Richard Socarides to the New York Times in an article about what the President should address during the upcoming State of the Union address. Yet another rich white gay guy thrusting marriage equality up like a holy grail at the expense of protections our entire community could enjoy.