In the statement, Obama fails to address the momentum-building issue of marriage equality (still “evolving,” eh?), but he does point a finger at Congress for their inaction on LGBT issues.
After enumerating his gay-rights victories (DADT repeal, won’t defend DOMA, support of ENDA), he states: “But a lot of work remains, and we cannot wait for Congress to act.”
He goes on to list a number of noble causes his administration is working on (Hillary Clinton’s championing of international LGBT rights, more gay appointees), but gay marriage is notably missing.
He concludes, “Together we can continue to build the more perfect union in which LGBT Americans have the same legal rights and responsibilities as every American.”
We’ll take that as a hint he’ll tackle marriage equality in his next term.
Click through to read the President’s entire statement on LGBT rights.