I think an amendment to a state constitution, not a law but a standard by which future state laws will be adjudicated, is a far greater harbinger than an empty gesture from an executive with weak leadership skills. Obama's stand on any issue will not be his downfall; that will come instead from his lack of commitment. Obama's weapon of choice is a baby wipe.
I am ashamed to live in the Pacific Northwest, based on this data. Plus, Oregon has civil unions, BUT we also have a constitutional amendment which mandates that legal marriages will be between a man and a woman.
Sigh, looking at BP's link you can really see how Pennsylvania the slow child of the northeast. It's frustrating because there are tons of progressive folks here in Pittsburgh and back in Philly but the whole rest of the state is as deep red as the south. You don't even have to venture far out of the city, this ass-hat is from a district only twenty miles north of Pittsburgh.
If your civil rights change when you cross a state line, you're still not a full citizen of the US.
Absolutely. I'm a little torn here: I'm angry and sad that a sitting President's personal-not-political statement of support is such a big deal, but I see that it is a big deal. I suppose this is a step forward, but it feels like a bitty baby step, which is not enough.
And I'm also disappointed that the discussion continues to be phrased exclusively in terms of loving couples and raising families and wholesome folks deserving this right. I understand it's a rhetorical tactic: humanize and personalize so opponents will empathize more. But the right of opposite-sex couples to marry doesn't hinge on love or children or being wholesomely deserving: it just IS. Every adult should have the same right to marry, for whatever reason they see fit.
I'm not going to read a 550 comment thread, but anyone who thinks that Biden "blundered" is naive. He was the guinea pig to test the national reaction to this administration's support of gay marriage. It went okay with him, so they let Obama loose with the same position a few days later.
That's an interesting perspective. Biden seems to have a strong reputation for putting his foot in his mouth or making unplanned comments. Is this case different, or is he always the go-to guy for testing out political positions?