Remember the run-up to the 2000 presidential election?
When gay conservatives were falling all over themselves to support George W. Bush, justifying that support with the delusion that there was no proof whatsoever that he was actually anti-gay?
Well, what if – all other things being equal – he actually had turned out to be the stealth pro-gay candidate that those gay conservatives were asserting/implying that he was?
What if he had supported – and achieved – DOMA repeal? DADT repeal? An inclusive ENDA?
While that would all have been nice, it wouldn’t alter one nagging piece of reality: George W. Bush actually lost the 2000 presidential election. The process that put him into the White House in 2001 was illegitimate and everyone – including Justices Scalia, Thomas, Rehnquist, O’Connor and Kennedy – knows it. Ditto for 2004.
In turn, even if 2001-2009 resulted in occurrences which could allow a sane person to honestly claim that President George W. Bush was a friend to the LGBT community, the same sane person could not honestly say that George W. Bush legitimately earned the right to be in the position where he was able to demonstrate that friendship via DOMA repeal, DADT repeal, inclusive ENDA passage, et. al.
You’ll be asked about it later.