We stand, perhaps, upon the precipice of history with a president who may very well become the first ever sitting Commander-in-Chief to come out in favor of granting full marriage rights — and, by extension, full citizenship rights — to gay Americans.
Just imagine what that could mean… for his campaign this fall…
Obama’s top political advisers have held serious discussions with leading Democrats about the upsides and downsides of coming out for gay marriage before the fall election, a Democratic strategist who has discussed these matters directly with Obama's campaign inner circle tells me…
Some top Democrats have privately advised Obama’s inner circle that such a move could energize Democrats far beyond the gay community. The discussions have centered on Obama’s successful repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and how it has signaled that major advances on gay rights energize young voters and other progressive Democrats,by helping recapure the historic and foward-looking aura of 2008, the source says…
"This would help in terms of reinvigorating some of the excitment from 2008," the source says, characterizing the discussions. "It's not just about gay people. There's an upside with the progressive community and young people in general. Obama's advisers are in listening mode."
And, you know, to a lesser extent, millions of Americans could end up with rights that have been denied to them since the formation of this nation.
But that's really kind of beside the point.
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Tags: Barack Obama, LGBT, Marriage Equality