Obama no fool, supports gay marriage (kinda)

I’ve always maintained that what happens in the bedrooms of two consenting adults is none of the government’s damn business, so on the heels of this week’s awful news that North Carolina has banned the right for gay people to get married, President Barack Obama is coming out swinging with his support of gay marriage. Interesting.

He announced the news during an interview with ABC News earlier today, saying, “I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”

He went on to say, “I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”

It seems like a timing issue to us with his sudden announcement of support for same sex marriage. Does he need the gay vote in order to win his re-election campaign? What a good way to take the focus off of rising gas prices and the average American’s inability to find work.

GIDDYUPDATE: John Cook at Gawker correctly calls this announcement bullshit (we sniffed it on the heels of North Carolina slam dunking a ban on civil unions, a vote where Obama’s prolific presidential punditry was nowhere to be found until after the fact).

“He now believes that gay couples should be able to marry. He doesn’t believe they have a right to do so. This is like saying that black children and white children ought to attend the same schools, but if the people of Alabama reject that notion—what are you gonna do?”

They hit the verdict on the weak patter, “Is it a politically wise dodge? Maybe. This was obviously a hastily arranged interview—we’re told that ABC News’ Robin Roberts, who is close to Michelle Obama, was only tapped in the last 48 hours by the White House to come down—designed to clean up the mess left by Biden’s pro-gay marriage comments in as advantageous way as possible. And for Obama to declare that he considers North Carolina and other states’ bans on gay marriage to be unconstitutional would probably energize the GOP base. But those bans are unconstitutional. And anyone who supports their legitimacy—as Obama just did, in no uncertain terms—even if they oppose the policy, is adopting the retrograde position in the contemporary gay marriage debate. Obama is moving backward, not forward.”

SHOTGUNTOTHEFACEPDATE: Mother Jones informs us that Obama has now come to the same hostile foot-dragging towards nationally recognized gay marriage as former Vice President Dick Cheney.

“Obama has endorsed marriage equality federalism—not the notion that marriage for gays and lesbians is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution that can never be taken away. Obama has adopted the same position that Vice President Dick Cheney did in 2004, when Cheney said he believed in marriage equality but that the states should be allowed to decide by a show of hands, as North Carolina did Tuesday, whether gays and lesbians have the same rights as everyone else.”

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