In a question-and-answer session at the White House on Wednesday, Joe Sudbay, of Americablog, asked President Obama where he stood on same-sex marriage given the changes in marriage law in many states and the Prop 8 decision.
President Obama responded, “I have been to this point unwilling to sign on to same-sex marriage primarily because of my understandings of the traditional definitions of marriage. But I also think you’re right that attitudes evolve, including mine.”
Up until now, the President has supported civil unions for same-sex couples but stopped short of supporting same-sex marriage. And while President Obama did not go so far as to say he’s changed his position on the issue, he seems to have opened the door to reversing his opinion in the future.
As reported by Politico, according to Richard Socarides, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton, “Presidents don't usually think out loud unless they intend to send a signal that they are shifting a position. I think [Obama] realizes he can’t run as a gay rights advocate in 2012 and be against marriage equality.”
In his discussion with Sudbay, President Obama also noted that he thinks “it’s pretty clear where the treadlines are going,” indicating that he feels marriage equality will become a reality.
To that, Equally Wed must say: We think marriage equality is inevitable too, but not without the support of the highest office in the land. Separate is not equal. Please, President Obama, come out for equal rights for all. Support gay marriage today.
You can help too, by adding your name to Americablog’s open letter to the President asking him to support marriage equality.
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