Great, then where are the racists, Mr. Obama? We don't see you embracing too many of them in the name of learning to agree to disagree. Or does your
desire to create a new "atmosphere," and reach out to our enemies, stop when it's your own people, your own children, you'd be betraying? Funny how you only reach across the aisle when it's someone else's family, gay families in particular, getting the shaft.
Obama's reasoning falls short in this light. While racism isn't anywhere nearly as widespread as anti-gay-activism-apathy within the American electorate, Rick Warren's abject comparison of same-sex relationships with man-on-beast relations is beyond the pale and is hurtful to "Gay Americans" (TM pending by Jim McGreevey). However, unlike John, I am not surprised in the least. Only those staring directly into the sun (The Son?) couldn't see this bus coming.
And the gay community looked mournfully toward Hillary, who only looked at them with a sad, knowing smile. . .
Now, I'm not saying I think the approach of reaching out to both sides is unwise; on the contrary, I think it's politically very wise for any politician to reach toward the center of America. I also don't think this is the "only" time, as Aravosis notes in the quote above, that Obama has reached across the aisle. He's keeping Gates on, remember.
However, a full consideration of Warren's remarks makes him poisonous to the sensibilities of gay people. Well, you get what you pay for.
Let's hope this marks the advent of common sense within gay political circles.