Countdown to Obama’s gay marriage gutsy call (Update – Not so gutsy call, supports personally but leaves it to states)
Of course Obama supports gay marriage. Of course once he is free of the need to get reelected he will do everything within the power of the Executive Branch to effect a de facto federal policy change. Of course he has not been truthful with his “evolving” narrative.
Jake Tapper had it right the other day:
Obama has an interview with ABC News this afternoon in which he is expected to make a statement about his position.
Come on, Mr. Gutsy call.
Update: The video clip is here, but overloaded. He supports gay marriage — but just personally, allowing states to decide on their own.
Here’s Rick Klein of ABC News:
In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process as an “evolution” that led him to this place, based on conversations with his own staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and conversations with his wife and own daughters.
“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,” Obama told Roberts, in an interview to appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday…
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.
Don’t say you didn’t see it coming:
New Narrative:Notorious homophobe Mitt Romney holds gay-marriage position held by Barack Obama until 45 seconds ago.
— Julia, the Obama-Tot (@AceofSpadesHQ) May 9, 2012
And basically Obama is back at his 1996 position, and back to where Dick Cheney has been for a while:
So let’s be clear: Obama’s position is that he supports gay marriage but he will not do anything about it? Yeah… #GutsyCall
— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) May 9, 2012
— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) May 9, 2012