John Kerry has been deservedly criticized for his anti-marriage equality stance. This is why primaries are so great – they put pressure on incumbents to improve their positions.
Ed O’Reilly has put Kerry’s marriage bigotry in the spotlight. This is a good thing! But can this cause any lasting effect when O’Reilly himself is a paper tiger? So far, all O’Reilly has to “prove” his dedication to marriage equality is some speechifying as a candidate, and reports that he showed up at a pro-equality rally once. Does anyone even know if he brought a sign to the rally? Or was he just there to measure the heft of prospective political supporters?
I am delighted when any candidate champions LGBT rights. But I am also weary of untested candidates “forgetting” their promises to the LGBT community at the first sign of inconvenience. For all his marriage bigotry, Kerry has been a steadfast supporter of LGBT rights. O’Reilly is playing the “trust me” game. Is it just lip service, or is he for real? And more importantly, can we afford the risk of voting in a paper tiger?