As one might expect him to be. President Obama, who supported same-sex marriage back when he was running for the Illinois State Senate, now only supports civil unions. But even more so, he wants the states to decide. So what happens when a state does decide — and decides to legalize same-sex marriage — like Maine just did?
He has no comment.
ABC News’ Jake Tapper asked White House press secretary Robert Gibbs:
JAKE TAPPER: Does the President or the White House have a reaction to the Governor of Maine signing a same-sex marriage bill?
ROBERT GIBBS: No, I think the President’s position on same-sex marriages has been talked about and discussed.
JAKE TAPPER: He opposes same-sex marriage.
ROBERT GIBBS: He supports civil unions.
JAKE TAPPER: Does that mean that he’s going to say or do anything against what the citizens of Maine–
ROBERT GIBBS: Not that I’m aware of. I think the President believes this is an issue that’s best addressed by the states.
@getreal: So a couple of nothing appointments and some coloured eggs are all we should expect from a president who swore he’d be “a fierce advocate” for our community? You know, I voted for the man, campaigned my ass off for him up to election day, talked to all sorts of folks to explain why he was the only rational choice…and while I’m not at all regretting my vote, I am definitely disappointed that the man has not lived up to expectations.
I’m not saying I expected all of my civil rights in one fell swoop on day one, or even day 100, but I did expect him to at least acknowledge us now and then, maybe give us a little bit of meat instead of just tossing bones our way. He fucked up on day one with that Rick Warren bullshit, and though I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt at the time, I’m starting to think that’s probably more indicative of the reality of the situation than I anticipated.
I can’t speak for what goes on in the man’s head; I don’t know him personally. what I can comment on is appearances, and right now it’s looking like Barack got what he wanted from us (our votes) and now he owes us nothing. It wouldn’t take much…some encouragement, maybe a couple of congratulations on the progress we’ve made, and a genuine apology for the Rick Warren shit. All it looks like to me is that he’s been trying to distance himself from us now that he’s in office.
I’m willing to give the man a chance, of course. He can have a full four years to get some things done for us. But if we don’t get our backs scratched before the next election, I’m not giving him my vote or my money. I have no problem going third party (no matter how bad things got, I’d never vote Republican). I’ll vote for a candidate who isn’t a political pussy, even if s/he has no chance of winning, rather than vote for someone who smiles and shakes my hand when he needs me then clams up and looks away when I need him/her.