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Do You Oppose Marriage or Support Full Equality? You Can’t Have Both

August 6, 2010

The Obama Administration sent out David Axelrod yesterday to MSNBC to speak about several topics, including Prop 8.  His statement was actually mindboggling and, frankly, disturbingly insincere for someone who is as smart as he is.

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. He’s supports civil unions, and that’s been his position throughout. So nothing has changed.

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Which is it?  The two ideas are proven to be mutually exclusive.  We’ve seen over and over again (New Jersey being just one example) that civil unions aren’t full equality.  And this attempted doublespeak isn’t cutting it anymore.  People are noticing and it’s frankly not earning him any support he didn’t have before.

As John Aravosis reminds us, Obama once before stated his support for marriage equality, but it was in 1996.  Who’d have thought he would be moving the opposite way of history.  And before saying that he probably privately supports same-sex marriage (something I’m inclined to believe), tell me what good that does.  It would simply mean he doesn’t have the courage of his convictions on an issue that is passing him by.

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