BREAKING NEWS: Obama Endorses Marriage Equality

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OBAMA: I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.

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7 thoughts on “BREAKING NEWS: Obama Endorses Marriage Equality

  1. But he’s also refused to take the position that gay marriage is a right – his position remains that gay marriage is an issue that falls under “states rights.” In other words, a pretty hollow endorsement that allows for any state to disallow gay marriage if it so chooses. Therefore, the principle of equality under the law isn’t constitutionally protected in the case of LGBT families. Uh, yeah, hooray.

  2. PJ, I understand you, but I also understand realpolitik. This is historic and unprecedented. Thirty years ago our Preident couldn’t say the word “AIDS” in a speech. Think of how far we have come in 30 years.

  3. All of you are correct, PJ, and others.

    This is nice, this is overdue, and this must mean that Obama needs another voting bloc in November. And if he wins, this even may mean that he won’t campaign with an entertainer who openly hates gays, and he won’t start the next inaugural with a hellfire preacher who also does so.

    And this is what we call progress. Yes, we can! call it that. And then, we can wait and see whether we have seen “just words.”

  4. With all due respect Steven, I don’t think we have come too very far. It is the 21st century after all. Think how far we could have gone had we not succumbed to conservative regression during these last 30 years.

    If by realpolitik you mean realistic versus unrealistic politics, then I have only 2 words for my response: Political Will. If by realpolitik you mean pragmatic versus ideological politics then I have only 2 words for my response: Political Will.

    Make no mistake, I give President Obama all the credit he deserves both for his statement today and the Pro-LGBT policies he has supported – more than any other president, I believe. It is not explicitly President Obama that I criticize, but the realpolitik of which you speak.

    That realpolitik is unconscionable because it is the force that treats voices of reason as insanely radical. I say we need to raise the realpolitik bar quite a few notches so voices like Russ Feingold, Bernie Sanders, and Dennis Kucinich are the benchmark.

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