Gay Marriage: Obama for States Rights Before He Was Against Them
The grotesque display of political cynicism surrounding President Obama’s “evolution” to support of gay marriage reached a new low today as he called for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). According to Fox News:
President Obama openly spoke of repealing the Defense of Marriage Act at a fundraiser Monday, as he defended his personal view that gay couples should have the right to marry.
While his administration has put out statements on the idea of repealing the 1996 federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, it’s unusual for Obama to call for its repeal.
He did so Monday as one of a list of policy goals for what he hopes will be a second term, along with passing the immigration legislation known as the Dream Act, reforming Wall Street and investing in schools.
“We have never gone wrong when we expanded rights and responsibilities to everybody,” Obama said. “That doesn’t weaken families, that strengthens families.”
The president was raising money before an audience of gay and lesbian supporters in New York, hosted by the LGBT Leadership Council and openly gay singer Ricky Martin, as well as Latino group The Futuro Fund. His comments at the fundraiser were his first to such an audience since he announced last week his personal support for gay marriage.
Why do I characterize this as “grotesque” and “cynical”? Try this:
The president stressed that this is a personal position, and that he still supports the concept of states’ deciding the issue on their own. But he said he’s confident that more Americans will grow comfortable with gays and lesbians getting married, citing his own daughters’ comfort with the concept.
What is the purpose of DOMA? To ensure that states may make their own decisions about same sex marriage. So the president, less than one week after stating that he wanted to preserve states’ ability to decide for themselves, turns around and says:
Of course, his Department of Justice has refused to support DOMA against court challenges to it for three years now. Not that the public is buying any of this:
Most Americans suspect that President Obama was motivated by politics, not policy, when he declared his support for same-sex marriage, according to a new poll released on Monday, suggesting that the unplanned way it was announced shaped public attitudes.
Sixty-seven percent of those surveyed by The New York Times and CBS News since the announcement said they thought that Mr. Obama had made it “mostly for political reasons,” while 24 percent said it was “mostly because he thinks it is right.” Independents were more likely to attribute it to politics, with nearly half of Democrats agreeing.
Remember the “bring out your dead” scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail? The old man keeps insisting he isn’t dead, and John Cleese turns to him and says, “you’re not fooling anyone, you know.” That’s what comes to mind every time the president speaks on this issue.
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