Obama Still Going Both Ways on Equality

Obama Still Going Both Ways on Equality February 11, 2012

In the wake of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Prop 8, Obama’s press secretary was asked about the president’s views on same-sex marriage. To no one’s surprise, he said those views were still “evolving” as they have allegedly been for a couple years now.

President Barack Obama continues to “evolve” on the topic of same-sex marriage, his top spokesman said Tuesday, just hours after a federal appellate court ruled that a state’s ban on such unions is unconstitutional.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the president’s personal stance on same-sex marriage hadn’t changed, but he added “that divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights to same-sex couples is something this president has long opposed.”

Since he first ran for the White House, the president has responded to questions about his stance on LGBT rights by saying that his position on gay marriage is “evolving.” Carney’s remarks provided a slight twist on that vague statement. They also raised the question of how Obama can be proactively opposed to discrimination against same-sex couples but not proactively in favor of marriage equality.

“The president’s position on these issues writ large are well known,” Carney said. “You know his position, where it stands now, on the position of same-sex marriage. I don’t have much to add on that.”

Anyone care to wager that Obama’s views will suddenly stop evolving the moment he’s either reelected or loses the election in November? I have no doubt that Obama privately supports same-sex marriage. And there’s no question that he has done more to support equality for gay people than any other president we’ve ever had. But he’s playing a transparent game with this issue for purely political reasons. That’s why he has always taken this utterly absurd position that he’s in favor of civil unions with full equality, but not same-sex marriage. That position is inherently disingenuous and he knows that. So does everyone else.


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