The White House’s original message for this week was to be student loans and economic issues. In case you were unaware here is the headline many graduate students received, Congress has eliminated the Federal Direct Subsidized Student Loan program for graduate students effective July 1, 2012.
This is what the White House planned on talking about this week. Then, Joe Biden spoke up this week on Gay Marriage and forced everyone at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to speak up. On tuesday North Carolina passes the Amendment on banning Gay Marriage. Yesterday, we all know that Obama went on ABC and “changed” his opinion on Gay Marriage. This is a great example of why sometimes it is difficult for politicians to get something accomplished. They planned on discussing one thing and then a Vice-Pres and a State don’t follow along.
Anyway, during this obviously divisive time around a difficult issue there have been some great responses and critiques of the issue as well as what larger meaning the issue may (or may not) have in culture.
- In this Washington Post article, it is postulated that maybe what Obama did yesterday isn’t that big of a deal. Culture has already moved passed this issue, it is politics that is behind.
- Rachel Held Evans, a speaker and blogger works through some fascinating research on the church’s relationship with issue of homosexuality and our mishandling of it.
- Justin Lee, the Executive Director of the Gay-Christian Network and a resident of North Carolina, offers much needed perspective on the State and the issue.
- A look into what Obama was thinking.