While there is much to praise in Mrs. McCain's admittedly late arrival to the equal marriage struggle, the 700-pound silver elephant in the room is the fact that it is just that -- her very late arrival.
Yesterday the president said, "The urgency of the hour demands that we fight discrimination, whatever form it may come." He's said the same thing more times than I can count. Martin Luther King Jr. talked the talk. He also walked the walk.
Gay marriage is a civil rights issue; it will take a Supreme Court decision or an amendment to the US Constitution to make this right. That's almost inconceivably hard work, but ending slavery was no picnic either.
I think it is crucial for gay rights activists to acknowledge and thank the black leaders, including the African American state senators in New York and New Jersey that have stood up to support gay rights.