Obama before the election: States should decide gay marriage
Obama during the election: California’s attempt to decide gay marriage for itself is “divisive and discriminatory.”
Which, as far as I can tell, means Obama is a federalist only when states settle on policy he agrees with. Which isn’t really the sort of federal leader you want, is it? If you go to the polls and vote for some bill, do you really want a President Obama to come along after that vote and stick his nose in where it doesn’t belong?
Barack Obama told a San Francisco-based Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender group on Sunday that he opposes a California ballot measure that would ban same-sex marriage.
Prop 8 was added to the November ballot after the state supreme court ruled that a previous voter initiative barring gay marriage was unconstitutional.
“I am proud to join with and support the LGBT community in an effort to set our nation on a course that recognizes LGBT Americans with full equality under the law,” reads the Obama letter, available on the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club Web site.
Obama said he supports “extending fully equal rights and benefits to same sex couples under both state and federal law,” and called the measure a “divisive and discriminatory” effort to amend California’s constitution.
Discussion question: Is it just me or does Obama’s never-ending carousel of policy positions make him more and more like John Kerry each day?