Obama's Not Going to Push for Gay Marriage

By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2009 10:52 AM CDT
President Barack Obama greets guests at a reception for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Month in the East Room of the White House, Monday, June 29, 2009, in Washington.    (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama has done next to nothing for gay and lesbian Americans since coming to power, but liberals keep insisting that he's a closet supporter of same-sex marriage and open military service. That's ridiculous, writes James Kirchick in the Washington Post, who sees no reason to assume Obama will act. "Whatever he 'really' thinks," he writes, "Obama's stance on gay marriage is virtually indistinguishable from that of John McCain."

Kirchick is dismayed by liberals' "article of faith" that Obama secretly supports equal marriage rights—though they never think of conservatives' opposition as anything but genuine. Obama made vague promises to gay activists at the White House recently, but his "wink-and-nod approach" offers little comfort. And besides, "if Obama actually does believe in same-sex marriage, that makes his public opposition to it worse than it would be if he were genuinely opposed."