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Breaking: Obama Believes Gay Marriage Should Be State, Not Federal, Issue, Says Press Secretary

by David Badash on January 22, 2013

in News

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today told reporters that President Obama believes same-sex marriage should be a state, not a federal issue, in what seems to be a backward shift. The comments come almost exactly 24 hours after the President, in his historic and groundbreaking inaugural address, told the nation:

“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

The President also compared the battle for LGBT equality to the African-American civil rights movement, noting in his inaugural address yesterday:

“We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.”


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Str8Grandmother January 22, 2013 at 12:54 pm

But the Federal Constitution must compelling the States to treat all the citizens EQUALLY.

bgryphon January 22, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I'll wait and see how aggressively the DOJ fights cases (and on which side) at SCOTUS before I surrender hope that Obama actually developed a backbone for 2013.

rebelyankee January 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Ugh. I just can't deal with this.

HeatherN January 23, 2013 at 11:51 am

I don't really see this as breaking or new…it's basically what he said back in May when he voiced "personal" support for same-sex marriage but also stated then he thought it should be covered by the states. At the same time his administration have said they aren't going to defend DOMA in the Supreme Court. So basically, without any actual inside knowledge, it seems to me he's just playing the politics of it.

So while this is obviously worth mentioning and reporting on… I don't think it's quite worth freaking out about it.

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