One month has now passed since President Barack Obama endorsed same-sex marriage. In doing so, Obama delighted the LGBT community and shook cultural conservatives in the GOP out of their post-primary stupor. All predictable – and perhaps even intentional.
But collateral damage has resulted, too. The president’s evolution on a central tenet of gay rights has condemned Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, one of his strongest supporters, to an interesting re-election bid in 2013.
One day after Obama’s announcement, the mayor – in a written statement – declared his respect for the president decision, reviewed his past support for gay and lesbian causes, and announced that he was “still wrestling with my own personal beliefs on the issue of marriage.” Reed hasn’t publicly addressed the matter since. This despite a good deal of prodding, including a Facebook page with the title “Mayor Reed, It’s Time to ‘Evolve’ on Marriage Equality,” which now has 4,250 members. More on this later.
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