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Last night, I organized a debate-watching party with members of my Log Cabin chapter who enjoy smoking cigars. Actually, there were a few there who don’t smoke, but wanted to join in the camaraderie. We had a great time watching Congressman Paul Ryan show class over Vice President Joe Biden’s clown face.
Good debate. Good friends. Good cigars!
I first had a Montecristo #2 Torpedo, then I smoked a Pléiades Paris Envoy
This morning, presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney spoke before the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
Folk People (NAACP). I didn’t get a chance to watch the video, but I have read most of the text of the speech. I encourage you to do the same before listening to the chattering class (on either side) later tonight on cable news. Read it for yourself. Big props to Kathleen McKinley of the Houston Chronicle for posting the entire transcript. Wasn’t able to find it anywhere else.
Thank you, Bishop Graves, for your generous introduction. Thanks also to President Ben Jealous and Chairman Roslyn Brock for the opportunity to be here this morning, and for your hospitality. It is an honor to address you.
You all know something of my background, and maybe you’ve wondered how any Republican ever becomes governor of Massachusetts in the first place. Well, in a state with 11 percent Republican registration, you don’t get there by just talking to Republicans. We have to make our case to every voter. We don’t count anybody out, and we sure don’t make a habit of presuming anyone’s support. Support is asked for and earned – and that’s why I’m here today. MORE…
Well then. There have been lots of fireworks over the past week about marriage equality. First, the Vice President went and stepped in it by announcing his support for marriage equality. Then Jay Carney, the President’s press secretary tried to contort his way out of those comments and not place them on Obama. Next we had the state of North Carolina pass a constitutional marriage not only making marriage legal between one man and one woman, but also prohibit any legal recognition of unmarried couples, gay or straight.
Finally yesterday, Mr. Obama officially evolved through a myriad of pressure from his base, both public and private. Excerpts of the text and video of the interview was released as so to stop the death by a million needle pricks.
People and groups reacted differently. I re-posted the press release that was sent out by national Log Cabin, and many of you went apoplectic.
But now that everyone has had a chance to take a breath, let’s evaluate some of the finer points. Can anyone honestly say that Obama would have made such an announcement were it not for Biden? And why wait until the day after an election in a swing state that had marriage equality on the ballot?
As a very good friend of mine pointed out, I have often said that a president should not involve himself in a state-level issue. But that’s easily remedied by coming out for marriage equality while reassuring one’s belief in the Tenth Amendment, as former Vice President Dick Cheney did.
That being said, don’t be foolish enough to ask when is Mitt Romney is going to come out in support of marriage equality. He’s not! Would I like him to? Absolutely! But he’s courting a base. And regardless of whether Log Cabin Republicans endorse him or not (my thoughts on that next week in the Blade), our coalition is not yet big enough to command that attention. But we will get there. It won’t be today, or this year, but it’s in the near future.
As you look around the country, a few conservatives each and every day are showing their support for marriage equality. Again, Cheney is a great example of this. And while many on the left chided him for doing it AFTER he left office, they were the same people who applauded former President Bill Clinton for doing the same, AFTER he left office.
We still have many closed-minded people in our party. I will not deny that. But my mission, as is that of Log Cabin Republicans is to change hearts and minds one day, one person at a time.
There’s been much belly-aching since Vice President Joe Biden said he supported marriage equality on Meet the Press Sunday. WaPo sums up today’s White House briefing with absolute clarity. And the best quote comes from my friend, GLAAD Media Award-winning Chris Geidner of Metro Weekly.
Chris Geidner from Metro Weekly, a gay publication, pointed out the obvious: “If he’s crystal clear, why is everybody in this room asking you questions?”
What’s more, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell said on MSNBC that President Obama should “man up and tell the truth on his gay marriage position.”