Jonathan Capehart reports in The Washington Post that Obama used a recent state dinner to feature 4 same-sex couples, including one at the prestigious president’s table.
A state dinner at the White House is a magical event. A time for the president of the United States to showcase his country and celebrate the descendants from the honored country who now call America home. It’s also a time to send messages. And when it comes to gay men and lesbians and the issue of marriage equality, a consistent message is coming into clearer focus. For a man who maintains that he is “evolving” on the issue of same-sex marriage, President Obama is pretty evolved on the matter already.
As a guest at Wednesday’s state dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron, I know of at least two legally married same-sex couples in attendance. If the president or the administration had any concern about [incoming president of the Human Rights Campaign] Griffin or the important work AFER is doing, you better believe he would not have been so prominently placed at the dinner. This doesn’t give Obama a pass on his evolution. And it certainly is not going to give him immunity in the impending fight over adding a marriage equality plank to the Democratic Party platform as Greg Sargent cautions. But it certainly makes clear — if you’ve been paying attention — where the president is headed.
Obama is not getting there as fast as many would like. But he’ll get there. Heck, he’s practically there already.
Did Capehart feel the same thrill-up-the-leg at this “magical” dinner that Chris Matthews felt when hearing Obama speak during the 2008 campaign?