How Barack Obama Addreses Maine + Washington Without Naming Them

SOUNDBITES — “The President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same-sex couples, and as he said at the Human Rights Campaign dinner, he believes ‘strongly in stopping laws designed to take rights away.’ Also at the dinner, he said he supports, ‘ensuring that committed gay couples have the same rights and responsibilities afforded to any married couple in this country.” —A White House statement issued only when the president was asked where he stood on attempts to shoot down gay union rights in Maine and Washington. Note that he did not use the words “Maine” nor “Washington.”