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February 24, 2011, 1:15 pm

Every Little Queer Vote Matters: Reflections On The Demise Of DOMA

“Oh my G-d, he’s marrying another man!”

Now that Rahm Emanuel has gone off to work his magic on Chicago, it seems that everyone in the Obama White House has gone a little light in the loafers, as my Dad used to say.  Clinton-era palliatives to the right wing that beat back the gays, while Republicans reorganized to elect a president who would send our money and our jobs abroad, are dropping like flies. First the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell received a timetable for withdrawal, and yesterday Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice will not defend the Defense of Marriage Act because it is unconstitutional.

In both cases, the Obama administration is holding out an olive branch to liberals who have been in an impatient “show me” mood.  But looked at another way, one of the things we know about conservatives is that they are increasingly less persuaded, as a…

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