President Barack Obama is to be commended for coming out in support of gay marriage.
Commended, supported, and re-elected.
According to textbook politics, Obama's statements in support of gay marriage are courageous, especially since this is an election year. And I suppose they are.
But there is a part of me that considers gay marriage a non-issue, one of those divide-and-conquer distractions. Except for those directly involved, it's nobody's business who marries who – certainly, not the business of religious zealots who rally around an idiotic "Defense of Marriage" bill.
Such people would be laughable if they weren't so serious, and taken so seriously. Obama's comments in support of gay marriage came one day after voters in North Carolina approved an amendment to the state constitution affirming that marriage may only be between a man and a woman.
How very offensive!
But it's just as offensive that the matter is even an issue. What if straight people had to ask some right wing shit-head for permission to marry the one they love?
So Obama deserves credit for taking a stand on this, even if he softened his remarks (according to published reports) by stating he was "taking a personal position. Aides said the president's shift would have no impact on current politics and he continues to believe that marriage is an issue best decided by states."
To those opponents of gay marriage who are outraged by Obama's new position, I say: tough shit.
Tough shit, fuck off – and mind your own goddam business.