[Guest post by DRJ]
The AP reports that some view Obama’s election as proof the black civil rights struggle is over and believe now it’s time for the focus to be on gay rights:
“The gay rights movement entered a new era when Barack Obama was elected the first black president the same day that voters in California and Florida passed referendums to prevent gays and lesbians from marrying, while Arizonans turned down civil unions and Arkansans said no to adoptions by same-sex couples.
Racism was defanged by Obama’s triumph, leaving gays as perhaps the last group of Americans claiming that their basic rights are being systematically denied.”
It would help gays to have black support but I doubt that will happen since few blacks support same-sex marriage and it’s unclear how many agree their civil rights struggle is over.
An Obama win coupled with the loss of these initiatives must make gays feel like they took one step forward and two steps back … but I don’t see any evidence that Obama will be a strong advocate for same-sex marriage. It sounds like the formula for an unhappy partnership.