June 17th, 2009 | Oddments
Okay, you’re right. Obama’s DOMA brief is really a problem. I’d heard something somewhere about how his reasoning was that if he made waves over DOMA, it would give the GOP back their base-rallying cry at a point when they’re in disarray. I guess that sounded like a good argument to me to be patient for a while longer. Thus my future Spock allusion.
This is a big problem of mine–I always feel like it’s my role to sit tight and not rock the boat because I think my needs aren’t as pressing as other peoples’ needs. Ideally, I suppose, no one would sit tight—and either each person’s motion would be counteracted by another’s, or else the whole damn canoe would flip over, and perhaps it would be all for the best.
Here’s a good article in HuffPo about what’s going on in Iran, where the canoe seems to have been lost altogether. It’s by Sarah Dehghan, an Iranian American who broadcasts a weekly literature program for VOA Persian. She’s doing a show this Saturday directed at the protesters in Iran, and she’s collecting messages of hope and solidarity from anyone who cares to post one as a comment at the end of her article. (Thanks to Jane Vandenburgh for telling me about this.)
P.S. The Rick Warren fiasco at the inauguration now looks like a tidy foreshadowing of DOMA and DADT, doesn’t it? And just as we were thrown a little bone with gay bishop Gene Robinson, now we get another one with this extension of job benefits to partners of gay federal employees.