Yesterday, about an hour before the announcement, I saw on Twitter the prediction that he would be announcing his change of mind yesterday. I read the analysis of that, which I found more interesting than the actual announcement.
I was in the middle of something and received a call from a friend who was excited and wanted to share. Because I had been busy, I had not been on-line to see the burst of news. I rather unenthusiastically responded.
Now, I'm normally very excited by every major vote in our favour, every court ruling, every important development. But this didn't really excite me in any way.
I guess partly because I think this was his actual position all along and that he only took the opposite position because of political cowardice. Overcoming your vices doesn't deserve celebration on my part.
Another reason is because I don't find this a difficult or controversial moral issue. It should be a pretty easy call. Nor is it leadership when a majority of the country already feels that way. There shouldn't have been a religious issue for him, as he was part of the UCC which has endorsed marriage equality theologically.
The "evolution" language has always annoyed me. And I think that the final evolution was politically expedient because major gay donors had been withholding funds. I generally agree with this WashPost blogger.
The HRC wanted everyone to send a thank you e-mail to the President. Unlike most of their e-mails, they didn't let you change the text. I didn't agree with their text, and didn't send it.
Yes, this president has achieved more for LGBT rights than any other president before, but when you are comparing to a bunch of folks that did nothing or actually enacted laws to make our situation worse (Bill Clinton), then there isn't much to compare to. I don't find that he's acted with moral courage or leadership on our issues. And I doubt I will forgive him or Democrat party for their failure to pass ENDA when they controlled the Congress. Part of the array of things I was voting for in 2008 was to see that achieved within the year. I really don't think I'll ever get over that disappointment.
So, this President has still not excited or motivated me. I'm still disappointed in him. With his personal change of heart yesterday came no call for action and no new steps, because he basically said his personal position wouldn't change any federal policies or laws. Well, that was Dick Cheney's view a decade or more ago. Doesn't do much for me and my household.
One qualification: will his public position put more pressure upon those opponents in the African-American community to change their position or lessen their opposition? If so, then I'll be grateful for that.