Where Obama timidly goes, Shearer will softly follow
Whisper something quietly about gay marriage. Religious Conservatives hate him already, it will excite the left and independents will like it. Whether gay marriage actually goes any further than Obama giving it a wink and a nod is deeply moot.
Personally I've always supported gay marriage, it is an utter nonsense to me that same sex couple who want to get married can't, and it's just as ridiculous that gay couples can't adopt. I've always been amazed at how those who howl most against this seem to have been able to redefine 'family' in the most un-inclusive way possible.
The gay community faces enough prejudice and persecution, why the hell should they have to put up with entrenched homophobia from the state as well?
Sadly the courage of liberals is fleeting these days, and it took Obama's political gambit on the issue to breathe life into the debate here.
It's something Shearer will softly endorse. Look at the way the feral debate over beneficiaries and contraceptives played to National's dog whistle while the left went running to the hills with only Sue Bradford and Metiria Turei left holding the line. That bennie bashing hatred should have been lanced by pointing out that any woman should be discussing those issues with their Dr, not a bloody WINZ case manager!
The lack of courage on these social issues in the wake of the repeal of section 59 has left Labour with burnt fingers, however if Key was smart he'd come out and endorse gay marriage - it would moderate the perception of National and breath some more life into the Conservative Party which may be crucial for 2014.
Seeing as our own main political parties are gutless, let's hope Obama also says 'decriminalize marijuana', 'hike up alcohol prices' and 'raise the minimum wage' so that we can at least trail lamely in his wake.