From William McGurn, who somehow maintains employment at the Wall Street Journal:
When Barack Obama was campaigning for president in 2008, he declared that marriage is between a man and a woman. For the most part, his position was treated as a nonissue.
Now Rick Santorum is campaigning for president. He too says that marriage is between a man and a woman. What a different reaction he gets.
In an interview with the Associated Press (AP) taped on April 7, 2003, and published April 20, 2003, Santorum stated that he believed mutually consenting adults do not have a constitutional right to privacy with respect to sexual acts. Santorum described the ability to regulate consensual homosexual acts as comparable to the states’ ability to regulate other consensual and non-consensual sexual behavior, such as adultery, polygamy, child molestation, incest, and bestiality, whose decriminalization he believed would threaten society and the family, as they are not monogamous and heterosexual.
I want to believe Barack Obama is being disingenuously cool on supporting gay marriage. But I don’t give him any points in spite of withholding that support. Neither does Dan Savage, btw. Until stated otherwise, he is against civil equality for gay Americans and no one on the left should think otherwise. So McGurn isn’t completely wrong.
Still, McGurn wants you to think there’s a double standard. To an extent, there may be. But I don’t want the media to treat equally a man (Obama) whose passivity isn’t helping my cause versus a man (Santorum) whose bigotry is actively seeking to undermine my liberty.