Wow, talk about twisted irony! It is being reported that Dick Cheney aka Darth Vador was a part of the lobbying effort to pass marriage equality in Maryland. The Maryland House of Delegates managed to narrowly pass the marriage equality bill on Friday by a vote of 71-67. Republican Delegate Wade Kach had been widely expected to vote against the legislation but changed his mind after hearing testimony from gay couples in committed relationships. The Baltimore Sun reported that Kach had also received voicemails by some high profile Republicans (former Republican National Committee chair Ken Mehlman, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and former Vice President Dick Cheney) encouraging him to support marriage equality. He was even offered a chance to speak personally with Dick Cheney, whom Kach regards as a “great man.” R Clarke Cooper, the executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, seemed to confirm the report when he released a statement praising Cheney’s advocacy: “As a member of the Bush-Cheney administration and executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, I am proud and grateful that he has chosen to lend his voice to securing marriage in Maryland.”
So Dick Cheney is now a “fierce advocate” while President Obama hides away from the battle for marriage equality with his increasingly pathetic excuse that he is still “evolving.” I know there are some Obama supporters that are so enamored of President Obama that they think everyone in the gay community should bow down and genuflect anytime his name is even mentioned. But I have to ask some of Obama’s more rational supporters if there ever comes a time when you reach a point where you just have to step up and speak truth to power? I mean, come on! Dick Cheney is now doing more to advocate for the marriage equality of gay and lesbian Americans than Obama! How can you even tolerate such indignity and inaction from a candidate you support?