Thursday, June 23, 2011

Obama Addresses NY Marriage Issue

Obama steered clear of stating outright support for marriage equality in the Empire State tonight, instead stating that marriage is a subject best left to the states.

Via ThinkProgress:

"Part of the reason that DOMA doesn’t make sense is that traditionally marriage has been decided by the states and right now, I understand there is a little debate going on here in New York about whether to join five other states and DC in allowing civil marriage for gay couples. And I want to say that under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, with the support of Democrats and Republicans, New York is doing exactly what democracies are supposed to to do. There is a debate, there is a deliberation about what it means here in New York to treat people fairly in the eyes of the law and that is — look, that’s the power of our democratic system."

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