Have you noticed? There’s a little movement going on inside the Obama administration.
A month or so ago, Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan came out in support of same-sex marriage. Then, last Sunday, on Meet the Press, Vice-President Joe Biden joined in, saying he’s comfortable with any two people who love each other getting married, whether they be gay or straight. And yesterday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, good friend of the president, signed on
Which is significant. That’s three top administration officials, all three close to President Obama, who’ve publicly disagreed with him.
But yesterday, Press Secretary Jay Carney insisted that Obama himself had not changed his position. He’s not against same-sex marriage, but he’s not for it, either. His view on that issue, said Carney, is still “evolving.”
Obama’s unwillingness to take a stand now is both disappointing and understandable. It’s disappointing that this president, who has done more for LGBT rights than any other president – most notably, getting rid of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – would hold back on this issue.
But it’s also understandable because Obama’s running for re-election, and can’t afford to lose even one state.
My bet is: Obama’s already made up his mind, and will come out in support of same-sex marriage – but not until after the election. Which is one more reason to get him re-elected.
That’s my parting shot for today.