Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Editor's Letter

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Editor's Letter

Article excerpt

IT'S BEEN QUITE SOME TIME SINCE The Advocate endorsed a candidate. More often than endorse, we train a critical lens on our elected leaders. In September 2009 this publication ran a cover image, a take on the ubiquitous "Hope" Obama image in which we replaced the text with "Nope?" That was, after all, a moment in which Dick Cheney was more outspoken in support of same-sex marriage than was the president.

We took the president to task for the pace of change on LGBT rights, and we were right to do so. That is our mission as a publication, and it is our duty as individual members of an equality movement. And the push was not unwelcome; the president has said to LGBT groups on many occasions that he needs the push we collectively provide. So we push.

None of us here can divine what President Obama personally believed or currently believes on the subject of marriage equality, but we'd be obtuse to imagine that he would ever say he was "evolving" on the issue of marriage equality if he weren't planning to be fully evolved while still in office, when such an evolution could have a positive, material effect. He evolved, even though some of us were quite skeptical in the meantime. …

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