Obama and Gay Marriage

09May12

President Obama has come out in support of gay marriage.

Wednesday’s announcement included this tweet by NY Times writer Jeff Zeleny:

Some Obama advisers were divided on decision to support same-sex marriage, but concluded his brand has been damaged enough by hedging.

His brand?

The New York Times also reports Obama sees this as a state issue and not a federal issue. I agree with this. But, again, I question the reasoning behind doing this now.

Here’s the timeline:

Sunday VP Joe Biden says this:

Tuesday, Press Secretary Jay Carney said this (key part is at 1:05):

This is what the President has said about gay marriage in the past:

2008:

2010:

2011:

I don’t see much change in his beliefs. I’m not in this head, but this doesn’t seem like “evolution” at all.

GOProud co-founder Chris Barron said in a statement:

I am sure, however, the President’s newly discovered support for marriage is cold comfort to the gay couples in North Carolina.  The President waited until after North Carolina passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. This is hardly a profile in courage by President Obama.  For years now, President Obama has tried his hardest to have it both ways on this issue.

The best Barron quote, though, has to be to The Daily Caller:

The religion that has guided Obama on the issue of same-sex marriage is not a religion practiced in any church on Sunday, though it is a very old one, it is the religion known as politics. It is time the left came to terms with the fact that this president will only be for same-sex marriage when he believes it is a political winner for him. What a profile in courage from the self-described ‘fierce advocate’ for gay people.

Ow…

In other words, as The Fix puts it, “Thanks Joe!”



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