While the "Yes on 8" campaign was telling African Americans that Barack Obama opposed same-sex marriage, the "No on 8" campaign was sitting on a letter by BARACK FUCKING OBAMA that said this:

As the Democratic nominee for President, I am proud to join with and support the LGBT community in an effort to set our nation on a course that recognizes LGBT Americans with full equality under the law. That is why I support extending fully equal rights and benefits to same sex couples under both state and federal law... And that is why I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states. ...

Finally, I want to congratulate all of you who have shown your love for each other by getting married these last few weeks.

One of the "No on 8" campaign's highly-paid consultants says now—now—that "maybe we should have" used the letter during the campaign, perhaps in an effort to reach out to African American voters, or black preachers.


Years ago I wrote an essay for Out Magazine called, I think, "The Gay Brain Drain." I can't find it on my many-laptops-later computer, nor can I find it in Out's incomplete and disorganized archives. (Just as incomplete and disorganized as my files, admittedly.) But the gist of the column was this: Discrimination against gays and lesbians meant that gay organizations and gay newspapers were run by, and were able to hire, the best and the brightest out gays and lesbians. But the integration of gay people into the mainstream of American life, which took off in the early 1990s, would result in "our" newspapers and organizations being run and staffed by second-stringers along, i.e. the not-quite-the-best and the not-quite-the-brightest. From what I remember of that column—oh pot, how I love you—I saw the "No on 8" campaign coming a long way off.