Thanks, President Obama! (But I'm Still Voting Against You)

Log Cabin Republicans appreciate that President Obama has finally come in line with leaders like Vice President Dick Cheney on this issue, but LGBT Americans are right to be angry that this calculated announcement comes too late to be of any use to the people of North Carolina, or any of the other states that have addressed this issue on his watch. –R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans executive director

President Obama, if your change on this issue hadn’t been so blatantly obviously timed to be of no help to North Carolina but just in time to save you from losing at least the 20% of your bundlers who are openly LGBT, then I might actually consider rewarding you with my vote. However, as long as you stand against life on the issue of abortion, against sensible tax policy that could actually bring some employment back to this country, and against sound budgetary and debt policy, I’m still going to have to go with the “severely conservative” candidate.

This diary goes out not just to my fellow LGBT conservatives, but also to every single conservative who has someone in their life whom they know and love and who is gay. (That should cover everybody). I know that folks like Savage and the way the Obama Administration has been treating working folks has us all in a very angry finger-flipping mood. But if we can talk in a rational way about the issue of abortion, where the lives of innocent children are on the line and lost in the thousands every day, many of whom would be viable if delivered instead of aborted, how much more, then, can we talk respectfully and rationally about the pros and cons of civil–not church force-feeding–recognition of same-sex relationships and/or marriages.

P.S.: To my fellow LGBT conservatives–don’t even THINK about voting for Obama for this. Obama did himself a favor today, not us. Our train has already left the station and is en route to the Supreme Court in one year. Give him his due, but remember how much his positions hurt us in nearly every other way before you get too mushy.