On May 9, 2012 President Obama became the first sitting president to voice support for marriage equality. It’s a historic moment years in the making, especially for California families who are currently barred from marrying the person they love as a result of the passage of Proposition 8 in 2008.
The Palm Springs area in Riverside County is home to over 2,621 same-sex couples. Their representative in Congress is Mary Bono Mack (R – #CA36). While leaders and allies of the LGBT community in California and across the country praised the President for speaking with conviction and taking a courageous stance, Bono Mack remained silent.
For some, like Elle Kurpiewski, president of Democrats of the Desert, it comes as no surprise: “For years Bono Mack has cultivated an image as someone who is a friend to the LGBT community, while at the same time being a member of a political party that is actively hostile to members of that same community. I think this is the year that balancing act falls apart for her. With the President coming out in strong support of marriage equality, and Bono Mack serving as one of the top surrogates here in California for Mitt Romney’s political campaign, its clear she’s not only chosen a side, she’s chosen the wrong side. “
The President chose to be on the right side of history, for Bono Mack and apparently for a fair number of the constituents she currently represents, it appears history will have to wait.