Thursday, August 5, 2010

Obama Maintains His Utterly Inconsistent Position on Same-Sex Marriage

White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod has provided President Obama's response to yesterday's federal court ruling that invalidated California's prohibition of same-sex marriage. Axelrod says that:
The president does oppose same-sex marriage, but he supports equality for gay and lesbian couples, and benefits and other issues, and that has been effectuated in federal agencies under his control," Axelrod said on MSNBC (italics added).
The statement sounds familiar; Obama has maintained this position since his presidential campaign. The position, however, is utterly inconsistent. Same-sex marriage is an equality issue. As the federal court held, denying same-sex marriage violates the Equal Protection Clause. Obama's effort to separate equality and same-sex marriage is highly flawed.


AngelaD said...

I agree. This is politics pure and simple. He's still trying to court the religious right for some reason. I don't know why. They're never going to vote for him.

Hippi Chicki Niki said...

This disappoints me.

I have heard a lot of people with similarly inconsistent positions, though. People who are in support of civil unions but against same-sex marriage. People who argue that they are for equality for those in the LGBT community but against them serving openly in the military or being able to marry the person they love.

I even saw this one today which just had me staring at the computer screen in awe of the twists in logic people will make to maintain a position based on emotion:

"[G]ays do have the same rights as straights. A gay man can marry any woman he wants, proved he is not related to her (depending on the state). A lesbian women can marry any man with the same familial limitations. That is the very definition of equal rights."

It does seem that The President is trying to find a position on this that will satisfy everybody. That is just not possible. Instead, it will probably end up alienating some of his base.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Yes - it is disappointing. He is trying to please a crowd that he can never win.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

PS: Assuming he really does support same-sex marriage. It is hard to tell what he really believes, in my opinion.

Rob Villegas said...

Obama's position is like saying, "I support equal opportunity for black people, just not for them to be President of the United States." Or maybe: "a white woman, like Obama's mother, should be able to marry whom she pleases, just not a black man, like Obama's father."

Just trying to get these hypocritical positions to hit a little closer to home and nearer the bone.

I think there are Americans who actually still have such beliefs. I didn't see Barack Obama as being one of them.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Rob: I agree. His view is advocates "partial" equality.

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