Vice-President Biden may get credited with pushing President Obama out of the closet on the issue of marriage equality. But Joe’s the one who’s grateful to the LGBT community, as I learned while attending a speech he delivered Thursday in Detroit at Netroots Nation (where I snapped the photo of Biden coyly voguing, featured above).
Before Joe Biden outed the Obama administration, the President had seemed bi-curious at best, when it came to LGBT civil rights. Sure, he dabbled a little, coming out against DOMA here and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell there. He grappled with his position on marriage equality, which seemed fluid, but his commitment to it seemed more like a phase he would grow out of. After all, lots of people experiment and explore their position on sexuality during their presidential years.
But that all changed after Joe Biden came out for marriage equality, on national TV no less, in 2012. In case you missed it, during an appearance on Meet The Press, Biden said,
The good news is that as more and more Americans come to understand what this is all about is a simple proposition. Who do you love? Who do you love and will you be loyal to the person you love? And that’s what people are finding out what all marriages at their root are about. Whether they are marriages of lesbians or gay men or heterosexuals.
[…] I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction — beyond that.
With his typical inability to control himself from saying something for which he’d surely get into trouble, Biden became the highest-ranking American official to endorse same-sex marriage. And Biden’s statements are considered the catalyst for Obama’s own embrace of marriage equality. Arshad Hasan, the executive director of ProgressNow introduced Biden at Netroots Nation by saying, “Those of us who hold marriage equality near and dear to our hearts and our homes, we know Joe Biden spoke first… I give Joe Biden credit for changing the dialogue in the White House.”
But Joe revealed that he was grateful to the LGBT community:
I didn’t free them. They freed us… It used to be that the vast majority of the American people who were not at all homophobic felt intimidated if they spoke up, felt intimidated if they were in a circumstance where someone made fun of, or was demeaning to, someone who was part of the [LGBT] community… so many decent straight people who were just as afraid to speak out now have been given their voice by the gay community.
The brave LGBT men and women who fought for their rights were fighting for straight rights too, even if they didn’t know it.
As a straight person, I too, thank those who created a safe space for straights to feel comfortable with their own non-rejection of homosexuality. I remember the pain of not being able to express my true “straight but not narrow” identity: hiding my Indigo Girls CDs when I was in high school, changing the channel if anyone came into room while I watched “Will & Grace,” expressing contempt for antiquing and interior decorating. But now, we are silent no more. Now, we can lift our heads high and finally say, “we’re here, we’re not queer, but we’re totally fine with it if you are, get used to it.”
Giuliani’s deceitful Ukraine business web should leave everyone speechless
I am not making this up, so fasten your seatbelts belts. It is all downhill from here in the ever-stranger Trump universe.
Moving to the global front pages is a company called Fraud Guarantee. Its co-owners, Ukrainian and U.S. nationals, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, have held many meetings at the Washington, D.C. Trump Hotel with Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York city and the real-life version of Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter.
The real DC showdown: Pelosi vs. Trump
Love her or hate her, Nancy Pelosi is a classy, effective and persuasive Speaker.
Repeatedly through the Trump presidency, she has stepped up to offer just the right gesture, just the right opinion, just the right level of evenness or passion that proves effective in making the role of leadership believable.
Along the way, she manages to count votes, keep her caucus in line and stand up for a totally understandable and admirable bar of justice and American value, for the Constitution itself.
Her statements yesterday in outlining in measured tones the reasoning that Donald Trump’s actions have left “no choice” but moving forward towards impeachment were well-said, logical, and belied the emotion behind them.
Here are 9 things you absolutely need to know about the 2020 Democratic primary race
If you’re a political junkie who’s been watching every twist and turn in the Democratic primary race since the day after the 2018 midterm results came–and if those in your social media circle are the same way–you’ve probably grown weary of the drawn-out campaign and wish people would start voting already. But keep in mind that many less engaged voters are just now beginning to tune in. Historically, early-state primary polls have only begun to have predictive value after Thanksgiving. That make sense when you consider that most people don’t pick out their Halloween costumes in May or June.