Alex Blaze

Obama 'Grappling' with Same-Sex Marriage

Filed By Alex Blaze | February 24, 2011 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, You Gotta See This
Tags: Barack Obama, Jay Carney, marriage, same-sex marriage

Press Secretary Jay Carney explains the DOMA recommendation yesterday and says that Obama is still grappling with same-sex marriage.

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I try to avoid thinking about this, for my own sanity.

One of two things is happening here: Obama doesn't believe in full civil rights for lgbtq people, or he's not being honest about his personal thoughts and convictions.

Both possibilities are disappointing.

I honestly feel Obama is seeing the light on LGBT issues and that picking and choosing one's civil liberties is unseemly and politically fragile. I hope he makes a statement soon that his personal convictions have moved past the old institutional ideals and dogmas toward a more equality in principle embracing ideal. His "evolving" comment is a hint but not clear enough.

He may also be facing the reality that LGBT rights have flipped as a compromise issue. Being for them is more centrist now than being against them was in Clinton's time. The constituency has also evolved faster than the political elite.