Oh to be fickle and used. The gay rights movement must really like to be that girl (or guy as you might have it) that gets picked up at the bar, slept with, then kicked out before sun up without so much as a kiss.
Now, just like that girl who stands in the hallway of the apartment building knocking on the door demanding a bit more attention, the Democrats are going to open the door, give a peck on the cheek, then close the door again.
President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders adopted a strategy early in his presidency to avoid hot-button cultural and social issues, fearing that doing so would bog down their agenda as it did to then-President Bill Clinton in 1993 when fights over gays in the military and gun rights divided the party and gave Republicans fuel for their 1994 revolution.
But patience has quickly worn thin in the gay and immigrant communities.
Yes, yes, patience has worn thin. So think that Nancy and Barney are going to make a small show of paying the gay community some attention.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her leadership team met privately last week with Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) — the three openly gay Members of Congress — to chart a strategy for advancing gay rights issues this Congress.
Sources in the meeting said Members discussed workplace discrimination, health care benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees, and a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Lawmakers also discussed how to help the Senate pass hate crimes legislation that has already cleared the House and the possibility of rolling workplace discrimination and federal health benefits into one bill.
Pay attention to one little bit of this gay rights community: “Lawmakers also discussed how to help the Senate pass hate crimes legislation …” In other words, the House Democrats are happy to make a big show out of helping you with full knowledge that whatever they do won’t make it through the Senate.
Meanwhile, Barack Obama could take care of most of this with just his pen. He won’t though, will he?
Even today, the White House is quietly hosting a reception for high-profile LGBT families, volunteers and activists to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Stonewall, the site of gay riots in 1969.
Oh, to be that girl in the bar.