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Frankly, Christopher, unless you're the Amazing Kreskin, if you're assuming that Obama won't act on our issues until a future, uncertain, to-be-determined-by-an-election second term, then you're essentially assuming that he won't act at all.

Look, I'm a relative pragmatist who's open to horse-trading to get something passed. Problem is, the Democrats -- and anyone else, for that matter -- haven't shown they can get a goddamn thing passed since we banded together for Clinton back in 1992. Even with overwhelming public support, they've been too chickenshit to take a stand on our behalf.

Raising the importance of healthcare and diplomacy and finance is a ridiculously false dichotomy -- our government was not designed or created to deal with just one issue at a time. I've been listening to the "stop acting like drama queens" argument for 20 years -- I've even made it myself in the past -- and it's time to stop making excuses and start holding people accountable for their political promises.

Meh. I guess I'm so in the tank for Obama that I couldn't kinda care less about this. I wasn't expecting these things to happen overnight. And I wasn't expecting them to happen in the first term. No one that I knew did. At least no one who had any experience on the Hill. There were too many other things -- financial and healthcare and the war -- that were important first. And frankly, they are way more important to me as well.

This is politics. You have to do a bit of horse trading. You have to take stances that might not benefit you. But the broader agenda of the left is too important for single issues. And gay rights is a single issue.

Should we stop pressing, of course not.

But acting like a bunch of sickened drama queens because waah we are getting what we want -- is exactly the kind of stupidity that has kept the Left out of the white house for too long.

So call me over this whole debate.

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  • I’m the co-publisher of Metro Weekly, Washington, DC’s biggest and best gay and lesbian publication. Over the course of my 40-something years, I've been a good little golden boy, a sub-Ivy-League college grad, an annoying activist, a very active party boy, a humorist and a journalist -- if those last two have any distinction. In addition to the magazine, I’m a freelance writer, car reviewer, book addict, gamer, amateur tennis player and reasonably successful husband. I have my hands full.
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