Saturday, while my Bride and boys were on a plane back home after a few weeks visiting family, I was on the couch catching up on current events. I noticed on CNN (and only on CNN) that the President was speaking at the Human Rights Campaign’s 13th annual national dinner. He is only the second President to be invited to speak; former Pres. Clinton spoke there in 1997.
While I was not surprised by his words– this is the same man who promised to “use the bully pulpit to urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws”– I was nevertheless shocked by how pejorative the President was towards those who oppose homosexual relationships. For instance,
- those who oppose “hold fast to outworn arguments and old attitudes”
- those who oppose homosexual relationships are on the wrong side of the civil rights movement, for, “it’s not for me to tell you to be patient, any more than it was for others to counsel patience to African Americans petitioning for equal rights half a century ago”
- those who oppose homosexual relationships “wish to define you solely by your sexual orientation or gender identity alone”
- those who oppose homosexual relationships do not know what it means to love: “For the struggle waged by the Human Rights Campaign is about more than any policy we can enshrine into law. It’s about our capacity to love and commit to one another. It’s about whether or not we value as a society that love and commitment. It’s about our common humanity and our willingness to walk in someone else’s shoes: to imagine losing a job not because of your performance at work but because of your relationship at home; to imagine worrying about a spouse in the hospital, with the added fear that you’ll have to produce a legal document just to comfort the person you love; to imagine the pain of losing a partner of decades and then discovering that the law treats you like a stranger.”
The President has big expectations for the future of homosexuality in America:
My expectation is that when you look back on these years, you will see a time in which we put a stop to discrimination against gays and lesbians — whether in the office or on the battlefield. (Applause.) You will see a time in which we as a nation finally recognize relationships between two men or two women as just as real and admirable as relationships between a man and a woman. (Applause.) You will see a nation that’s valuing and cherishing these families as we build a more perfect union — a union in which gay Americans are an important part. I am committed to these goals. And my administration will continue fighting to achieve them.
Unfortunately this would not lead to the change that’s wanted. We do remember what happened to Sodom…
[Update: Dr. Mohler gave his remarks on the speech here.]