When Vice President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan expressed support for gay marriage in separate TV interviews the other day, one would have expected that President Obama, at long last, would soon follow suit.
But one would be wrong about that. No matter that most polls show majority public support for same-sex marriage — even among rank-and file Catholics, despite the Vatican’s opposition — Obama declines to commit himself.
What makes the president’s stance especially galling is that it seems to be based entirely on electoral calculations. Hispanics are said to be far less supportive of gay marriage than the general populace. And heaven forbid that Obama risk his standing among Hispanic voters merely on a matter of human rights.
Even if it turns out that Obama’s current position on this issue does him less harm at the ballot box than would a commitment to what is right, he still will not have done himself proud.
I think it’s time for gay-rights advocates to throw down the gauntlet and deny Obama their active support until he relents in this matter.