(Zandar here. Well, I'll try not to burn the place down in a Christmas tree fire "accident", but thanks for having me around again Steve. And thank you guys for reading.)
We start off with news that Vice President Joe Biden believes that national gay marriage is something of an "inevitability".
Vice President Joseph Biden said in a television interview Friday that “there’s an inevitability for a national consensus on gay marriage.”
The vice president, who backs civil unions but not same-sex marriage, weighed in on the issue two days after President Obama acknowledged his position was “evolving.”
“I think the country's evolving,” Biden said in the interview with ABC News. His comments were not the first time he has suggested the country would eventually accept and support gay marriage. Asked in a 2007 appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” if gay marriage was inevitable, Biden replied that “it probably is.”
Evolution and Republican jokes aside, he's right. Of course the real issue is how long that will take, but it's refreshing to hear that both the President and Vice President believe that DOMA needs to go. At least I hope that's what Biden is saying, because it really is rather standing in the way of a national gay marriage initiative.
Unfortunately doing something about DOMA from a legislative standpoint is not going to happen while Republicans are in control of anything. Executive and judicial options still remain, however, particularly the judicial one as California's Prop 8 case winds through the courts on the way to SCOTUS.
Personally I'm convinced there's a fair chunk of conservative Republicans who desperately want a Roe v. Wade style SCOTUS decision permitting same-sex marriage in America to rail against -- and fundraise against -- for the next 30 plus years. Look how effective and lucrative opposing Roe has been for the wingers over the years. Hell, I think they'd be secretly delighted.