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Dan Savage on the "Obama administration's abysmal record, thus far, on gay issues"

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The great writer/editor/prankster Dan Savage seemed to like the president's I'm-totally-gay-marrying-David-Axelrod joke at the White House Correspondents Dinner even less than I did:

I now pronounce you hi-LAR-ious!

Barack Obama condescended to use marriage equality as a punch line; he made, essentially, a Chuck & Larry joke about two straight dudes—Obama and Axelrod—running off to Iowa to "make it official" with the queers and their "partners." And that's hilarious, you see, because Obama and Axelrod aren't actually homos! So they don't need to go to Iowa to make it official! They can get married—to women—in all fifty states! HA!

The more I think about the joke Obama told at the WHCD the more ticked off I get. We're witnessing rapid and historic progress in the fight for gay equality and Barack Obama, who campaigned on our issues and described himself as a "fierce advocate" of gay and lesbian equality, hasn't acknowledged the breakthroughs in Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine in a setting or a with comments that are in any way equal to the significance of this historic moment. The best he can do—all he's willing to do—is toss off an Adam-Sandler-level joke.

Link via Andrew Sullivan. Katherine Mangu-Ward gave advice for "what to do when your political party is just not that into you" back in December.