See, stories like this really infuriate me.
Now granted, I’m not in any way out to dismiss or diminish the disappointment felt by large portions of the queer community. I feel that same disappointment to a certain degree. The President’s insistence that he supports same-sex “civil unions” but not same-sex “marriage” just seems like catering to the country’s religious communities. His administration’s argument that they are appealing the DADT ruling because they are bound to uphold and defend existing law wears incredibly thin. But let’s be honest — we have in the White House the most gay-supportive president in the nation’s history. That’s an admittedly low bar to overcome, true, but we should take a deep breath and think about the long-term repercussions of taking out our frustrations against the President and his party at the ballot box.
The plea of Democrats to the queer community is, basically, the plea to unenthusiastic Democratic voters of all orientations — the change hasn’t come fast enough, but stick with us and it will come eventually. It’s not exactly a heart-stirring battle cry — it’s simply the cold hard truth.
Because, let’s face it, while we may feel as though Democrats have, time and time again, thrown us under the bus, we know for a fact that Republicans are determined to keep us at the back of the bus. So if there is really a significant enough part of the queer community that is willing to hand the House to Republicans out of their sense of self-righteous, victimized frustration, then they will be the ones to blame when whatever meager gains we have won disappear into thin air and the issues still facing us are dropped to the bottom of the “to-do” list.
If we abandon the President at this moment simply because we haven’t gotten enough, fast enough, all we’re doing is shooting ourselves in the dick.