Let’s face it, his “historic” courage only goes so far. Besides, these folks understand they’re being used, right?
Last week, the president made history by telling an ABC News interviewer that gays and lesbians deserve the same marital rights as any other Americans.
But in the same interview, Obama repeatedly declared that marriage should be defined by the states rather than the federal government, a stance that differentiates him from Republican rival Mitt Romney, who favors a U.S. constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage and possibly civil unions as well.
Obama didn’t give a direct answer when asked whether he would instruct the Justice Department to join suits against states that ban same-sex marriage – an apparent reference to the California case, the only one now in federal court.
“The president made a brave and important statement about his personal views. … He wasn’t getting into legal strategy,” said Theodore Boutrous, a lawyer for same-sex couples and a gay-rights group that sued to overturn the California measure.