Kerry Eleveld of The Advocate finally got a crack at White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs at Monday's daily press briefing:
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/v/cvX8JNrpxos&hl=en&fs=1 expand=1]Just an FYI, a few of the press releases I've received Monday from the White House, indicating they are "checking on" these burning issues...
KERRY ELEVELD: The President supported the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act during the election. Now that same-sex couples can marry legally in five different states, what is the President doing to make sure those marriages are recognized at the federal level, and what's the timeline for something like that?
ROBERT GIBBS: I...I will have to go check on that. I honestly don't know the answer to that.
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As one of my contributors said, "The WH wasn't ready to answer a question on marriage equality? Their feigning of ignorance is extremely transparent as a planned act."
Seriously, does Gibbs think we believe him when he has to check on what the President's plan on DOMA is, given we've seen a string of states enact marriage equality, and even seen a U.S. Senator, Tom Harkin of Iowa, publicly change his mind to support marriage equality after having voted for the federal DOMA?
"We all grow as we get older, and we learn things and we become more sensitive to people and people's lives. And the more I've looked at that, I've grown to think differently about how people - how we should live. And I guess I'm at the point that, you know - I'm to that point of live and let live.In Maine, Governor John Baldacci, who supported civil unions, announced his change of heart and signed marriage equality into law.
"In the past, I opposed gay marriage while supporting the idea of civil unions," Governor Baldacci said. "I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law, and that a civil union is not equal to civil marriage."The logical conclusion is that the President thinks the Governor and Harkin are wrong, that separate is indeed equal. And Gibbs said as much when asked about Maine.
"Article I in the Maine Constitution states that 'no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law, nor be denied the equal protection of the laws, nor be denied the enjoyment of that person's civil rights or be discriminated against.'"
"This new law does not force any religion to recognize a marriage that falls outside of its beliefs. It does not require the church to perform any ceremony with which it disagrees. Instead, it reaffirms the separation of Church and State," Governor Baldacci said.
President believes this is an issue that's best addressed by the states.The White House also agrees with this commenter over at Huffington Post, who wrote this in response to my post on homophobia in the black community and Obama:
The States should & can handle social issues and are doing so what's the problem! Some people can just not be happy anymore without confrontation to to sad. I do not believe in gay marriage and do not hate anyone nor do I fear anything--- I Let Go and Let God have the Judgment day not my problem or am I in control of who loves who!In response to this insanity, I reminded this misguided soul that if we left matters of civil rights to the states, Jim Crow would still be in effect, Obama's parents would not have been able to marry, and poll taxes would still exist. How soon we forget.
This is the level of ignorance and interpretation of this Administration's position that is allowed to go unchallenged by the President and through his mouthpiece, Robert Gibbs.
The 4x married, ex-con former mayor Marion "The bitch set me up" Barry also holds the President's position on the matter. Barry, in his current role as DC Councilmember was the lone vote against DC recognizing same-sex marriages outside of the District:
The ministers think it is a sin, and I have to be sensitive to that."Candidate Obama, to Rev. Rick Warren during the Saddleback Presidential Candidate Forum:
"I believe marriage is a union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God is in the mix."That quote, by the way, was used by proponents of Proposition 8 in California in a robocall to highlight the President's "position" (even though belatedly candidate Obama said he opposed the measure, drawing attention to his inconsistent position).
I guess Gibbs has truly morphed into Scotty McClelland.
Hat tip, Blender Jon.