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Obama Speaks About NY Same-Sex Marriage Equality Debate At DNC (Video)

by David Badash on June 23, 2011

in Marriage,News,Politics

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Here’s a video of President Obama discussing the New York same-sex marriage equality bill while attending the LGBT DNC fundraiser.

Disappointing that he’s defaulting to the false, conservative argument of states’ rights.

Marriage is a civil right. Civil rights are federal.

“Part of the reason that DOMA doesn’t make sense is that traditionally marriage has been decided by the states and right now, I understand there is a little debate going on here in New York about whether to join five other states and DC in allowing civil marriage for gay couples. And I want to say that under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, with the support of Democrats and Republicans, New York is doing exactly what democracies are supposed to to do. There is a debate, there is a deliberation about what it means here in New York to treat people fairly in the eyes of the law and that is — look, that’s the power of our democratic system.”

And then gets heckled, a bit.

Thanks to the great folks at Think Progress for the video and for the transcript!

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bgryphon June 23, 2011 at 8:18 pm

It seems that whenever a federal elected official (and most especially a Dem) says a decision should be left up to the States you know darn well they are runnin' scared….

JayJonson June 23, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Sad to see Obama occupying the same position George Wallace did in the 1960s. States Rights then was a euphemism for being in favor of segregation. Now it is a euphemism for being in favor of marriage INequality.

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