Joe Mirabella

The President's Marriage Play Is Finally Over

Filed By Joe Mirabella | May 10, 2012 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, marriage equality, political theater, President Obama, same-sex marriage

Back in February of 2011 I called Obama's bluff on marriage. bigstock-crowd-20165240.jpgI wrote:

Obama's acting a part for the American public. The elusive movable middle every pro-equality campaign director constantly woos is Obama's character.

By speaking publicly about his personal "struggle" with the freedom to marry, others can see themselves in him. "Yes, I'm struggling with that too. I don't quite get it yet," the movable middle can say to themselves.

Then, when the timing is perfect, Obama will reveal his great awakening. Maybe it will be presented with a same gender wedding at the White House, or following a historic win in the courts striking down DOMA for good. Maybe he will make the announcement when he signs legislation repealing the entirety of DOMA. Whenever it happens, it will be one of the greatest acts of theater during his presidency. Through his character of the "struggling American" he will be a living example of how people can change and become supporters of the freedom to marry. "My struggle is over. It is clear to me that love between two men or two women is exactly the same as the love I have for Michelle," he could say.

"If President Obama can change, maybe I can too," people will think.

I don't intend for this to be an "I told you so" post. Rather this is a reminder that the second part of my prediction is about to unfold. Millions of Americans are going to move with the President on this issue. This is not only a huge political win for the President, but one for us too.

Take Washington state for example. President Obama is going to be in Seattle at a fundraiser on Thursday. The Seattle Lesbian, and Seattle Gay News are calling upon supporters to meet the motorcade at 1:45 PM PST with thank you posters, balloons, and rainbows in a respectful demonstration of support.

In Washington State we could potentially vote on two separate measures that would repeal the marriage law passed here. Obama's "evolution" makes it possible for him to speak directly about ballot measures that effect our families in sincere and powerful statements. We may have more than just today's statements to thank the President for tomorrow.

I'm glad the President has finally finished his performance on this issue. We finally have a president as a living example of courage to show to our friends and family. We can say, "This is how you come out. This is how I need you to support me publicly."

(Celebrating crowd image via Bigstock)


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