Thursday, February 04, 2010

This is Just Begging for a Clarification.

As BT points out, the President had breakfast with a lot of people who take what one might charitably call a dim view of equality for gays.

It's a safe bet most attendees are not thrilled by the prospect of DADT being repealed, and an even greater number undoubtedly chafe at the spread of gay marriage.

Publicly at least, Obama has been one of them.

So what to make of these remarks?

We can take different approaches to ending inequality, but surely we can agree on the need to lift our children out of ignorance; to lift our neighbors from poverty. We may disagree about gay marriage, but surely we can agree that it is unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are -- whether it's here in the United States or, as Hillary mentioned, more extremely in odious laws that are being proposed most recently in Uganda.

John Aravosis says, "This actually makes Obama sound more pro-gay marriage than he is." I'd take it even further -- this may simply be a rather heartening textbook example of a Kinsley Gaffe.

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