Obama: If Cal’s Prop 8 Is Unconstitutional, Then All the Other Bans Are Probably Unconstitutional

Jim Burroway

March 1st, 2013

Sequester? What sequester? Something about this thing called a “sequester” was the main topic of President Barack Obama’s press conference earlier today, but the really important thing was what he said when responding to a question about same-sex marriage:

Truthspew

March 1st, 2013

Wow – it’s funny back when he was campaigning in 2007/2008 he said he’d be our ‘fierce advocate’ and by golly, he has been!

I never thought I’d live to see a President not only mention but support full equal rights for ALL of us. This is truly amazing.

ZRAinSWVA

March 2nd, 2013

Thank you, Mr. President!!!

CPT_Doom

March 2nd, 2013

I think the most important, and beneficial, impact of Obama’s “evolution” (& yes, it took him way too long) was that it turned the posture of the Democrats on this issue from defensive to offensive. The Democrats, who had flocked to support DOMA in ’96 out of the fear of being the party of gay marriage, suddenly were running on the issue. The separate-but-equal stance of being for civil unions but not marriage was not morally, psychologically or politically consistent and it left the party looking foolish. With the President’s support the party as a whole could embrace equality, thereby catching up with its regular members and the up and coming generation of politicians and party leaders. This really energized the base and allowed the party to run for something, rather than from something.

I think this also had an impact on the rest of the 2012 campaign, so the convention, for instance, became a vocal defense and embrace of progessive ideals. That made the party seem forward-looking and hopeful, and added to the negative impression of the GOP. I don’t think you would have seen the same strength in the Democratic victory without that shift, although Obama would still have likely beaten Willard. In turn, without the President’s support and resulting energy in the campaign, we probably wouldn’t have gone 4-0 at the ballot box.

TampaZeke

March 2nd, 2013

As much as his political calculations frustrated me in his first term I have to admit that the man is a political genius. He instinctively understands strategic political timing. Had he come out for marriage earlier he would not have been as effective and he might very well not have been re-elected, which would have been devastating to the marriage equality cause.

Mea culpa Mr. President and Kudos!

Jay

March 4th, 2013

Add me to the chorus of praisers for President Obama and his fierce advocacy.

Priya Lynn

March 4th, 2013

Yes, so much for the line from conservative gays that “He’s got the same position on gay marriage as Mitt Romney.”.

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