I cannot help but be annoyed. Not that he changed his mind. That is swell. Learning/evolution is great, but if our politicians can only learn from short-range empathy--when one's kin is involved--then I really am not that impressed. Yes, it can take a heap of time for people to learn and adjust, realizing that they are on the wrong side of history. Clinton just admitted last week that he was wrong to sign the DOMA legislation, but he was an opportunist then and now. I doubt he thought DOMA was right, and his change of heart has less to do with gay relatives and more to do with not being President in 1994.
Must we assign one gay person to be a family member to each politician opposed to gay marriage? What does this say about our larger political system? Didn't we manage to get laws reversed on inter-racial marriage without politicians suddenly realizing they had black kids or kids in love with black kids?
Again, this is great that we have one more politician on the right side of history. But the causal process here says something to me that does not fill me full of joy and happiness. I wish our politicians had more empathy for those who they did not know. But I guess I will settle for whatever it takes.
This tweet expresses my views better than I can:
Eventually one of these Republican congressmen is going to find out his daughter is a woman, and then we're all set.
— Anil Dash (@anildash) March 15, 2013