Richard Socarides: Gay Wins Demolish DC’s Archaic ‘Groupthink’

ObamaForwardRichard Socarides, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton, took to Out Magazine to reflect on the 2012 election, an election he calls “The Gay-Rights Election.”

Like everyone else who understands reality, Socarides says no longer can politicians, particularly Democrats, stand on the sidelines when it comes to marriage equality, for unlike his time in Washington, same-sex nuptials can now be a load-bearing plank for successful electoral platforms:

Obama’s support for marriage equality helped him win the election and helped us win the ballot initiatives. During this latest campaign, President Obama’s support for gay-rights was never an issue used by Republicans against him. In fact, it worked to his advantage to energize progressives and young people.

For as long as I have been in politics—which is all of my adult life—it has been “Washington groupthink” that gay issues are dangerous and only mean trouble for elected officials, even ones who are sympathetic to our cause. It is now a new day — one that has been a long time in coming. Politicians need to recognize that their embrace of us is not only the right thing to do, but leads to success at the ballot box.

Some politicians of course won’t be able to adapt in time; they first have to start believing in evolution.


  1. Randy says

    Amen to that! This town is filled with Democractic strategists who are still spooked by the 90s. To them, gay rights is the third rail — you can support it quietly, but seriously folks, we all know that everyone thinks gays are just icky, so let’s all avoid any real discussion here, okay? the country is really very conservative and they hate gays, so although it plays well in NY, you aren’t going to get anyone to put his neck on the line for you gays.

    Time for this attitude to go to the dustbin! From now on, all gay donors and gay rights organization should demand sugar with their coffee and insist that the Dems push our agenda.

  2. candideinnc says

    He is right if you are talking about liberal and moderate states. Here in the South, when outside the few academic communities, support of gay issues is death knell. I think our hopes (meaning in North Carolina) hang with the Supreme Court.

  3. Icebloo says

    We need laws to make our media behave like they do in other industrialized countries. The corruption in the US media is astounding. In states such as Texas we get the right wing lies of Fox news and not much else. The Republicans control what we see and hear so that’s the reason most people don’t ever see an opinion other than right wing. People here have no clue there is an alternative to the right wing and on the rare occasion an alternative view is spoken they are quickly attacked and called “communist” and “anti-American”. It’s actually very frightening that our media works the same was as in Nazi Germany.

    It should not be the job of the media to tell you who to vote for. The media should give equal coverage of BOTH sides and then, you, as an informed adult should make the choice based on the information given. This is called DEMOCRACY. Until we have this in the US we are NOT a democracy no matter how many times we claim to be.

    At the moment we are no better than China.

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