NO i don’t actually want to hear anything more about obama’s “support” for gay marriage until his administration actually makes positive steps to support some type of federal measure
at the very least he/they could vocally oppose state measures intended to prevent…
Pretty sure we have a system called federalism that prevents Obama from doing this. Could he do some things at the federal level (e.g. sign that executive order extending federal benefits to same-sex couples that he didn’t do a couple weeks ago), of course. Can he demand that states recognize same-sex marriages? Absolutely not. Because that would be unconstitutional. And the last thing we need right now is for Obama to do something else that conservatives can jump on as being a big government takeover of anything (never mind the fact that, let’s be real, federalism has some good things going for it). The President saying “IT SHALL BE SO” is not the answer to everything. DOMA is unconstitutional for the same reason that a federal move to try to force states to recognize same-sex marriages would be unconstitutional — it cuts both ways.
I don’t understand why people can’t recognize that the world does not operate according to our personal political ideals. A presidential administration cannot do everything we want it to do, nor can it even do everything the President might want it to do. And to refuse to acknowledge the fact that Obama has changed the playing field in a significant way without changing a single law is discrediting the power of rhetoric and soft power.
It would be unconstitutional for Obama to say that it is now the law that states must recognize same-sex marriage. Definitely not unconstitutional for him to say that he thinks gay marriage bans violate the Constitution, rather than just that he personally supports the right of people to marry someone of the same sex.
His interpretation of the Constitution is of course not law. It’s not like I want him to say, “Now all gay couples are able to get married, because I say so.” I wanted him to say, “Our Constitution says we must treat equals equally, so I think gay marriage bans are unconstitutional.”
It would be like if Eisenhower had said, “I personally think school segregation is a bad idea, but education is a matter left up to the states.” I understand why Obama needs to take that position politically, but it still frustrates me.
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