La Cage aux Democrats

New York Times
Op-Ed by Frank Rich
May 23, 2009
Evan Wolfson reminds us in his book “Why Marriage Matters,” Dr. King addressed political dawdling on civil rights in 1963. “For years now I have heard the word ‘Wait,’ ” King wrote. “It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This ‘Wait’ has almost always meant ‘Never.’ ” The gay civil rights movement and specifically the movement for the freedom to marry has fewer obstacles in its path than did Dr. King’s Herculean mission to overthrow the singular legacy of slavery. That makes it all the more shameful that it has fewer courageous allies in Washington than King did. If “American Idol” can sing out for change on Fox in prime time, it ill becomes Obama, of all presidents, to remain mute in the White House. [link]