It’s quite amusing to watch the homosexual lobby become extremely disgruntled with President Obama in recent days. Since Obama wants to get re-elected in 2012, he’s smart enough not to touch the social issues very much at all. Today he threw a small amount of red meat at his homosexual base by signing an executive order granting certain benefits to same-sex partners of Federal employees. Despite this, the homosexual lobby isn’t happy and they think he hasn’t done nearly enough to advance their agenda.
Now the homosexual lobby understands what the “Christian Right” felt during the Bush years. Just as homosexuals are a reliable Democratic voting bloc, so too conservative Christians fervently backed Bush both times around. Toward the end of his administration, Bush had greatly disappointed various “Christian Right” groups by not doing enough to advance their cause in the “culture war.” The various homosexual activist groups on the Left are feeling the same type of disappointment as they watch Obama dodge these thorny issues.
But unlike the “Christian Right,” the homosexual lobby actually holds elected officials accountable for their promises. Some prominent homosexual organizations have gotten the clue that they’re being taken for granted by the Democrats and so they withdrew their support from an upcoming DNC fundraiser. Where will the situation go from here? Well, Obama has reiterated his support for repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, but he’s washing his hands clean of it by throwing the ball to Congress to hammer it out.
And to be fair, any repeal of DOMA must indeed start with Congress. The President may not make law (or at least he isn’t supposed to). If this continues, then expect to see the homosexual lobby become even more radical in their approach. Like other groups on the Left, they are rooted in a streak of radicalism in the first place. Yet it does say something about the naive idealism of people on both sides of the spectrum to think that either of the two major parties will actually care enough to advance social issues most of them wish would just go away.