Newsweek magazine features President Barack Obama on the cover of the May 21st issue. The heading reads: ‘THE FIRST GAY PRESIDENT.’
Of course, the president isn’t gay, but he made history on May 9 when he became the first sitting president to voice his opinion endorsing same-sex marriage.
In his cover piece, writer Andrew Sullivan makes the inevitable comparison between the civil rights struggle and gay rights.
And President Obama has much in common with the gay community. “He had to discover his black identity and then reconcile it with his white family, just as gays discover their homosexual identity and then have to reconcile it with their heterosexual family,” Sullivan writes.
But other than Obama giving his opinion on a touchy subject, nothing much has changed politically. Obama will not campaign on a platform of gay marriage, and his decision has already cost him 7 key states in the presidential race.
And on Wednesday the House Armed Services Committee quietly passed its version of a bill to protect military chaplains from having to perform same sex marriages on military installations.