A day after coming out in favor of gay marriage, the White House confirms that the president and his campaign will not push the Democratic party to come out with a platform at the convention advocating the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.
And of course, let it be remembered that Barack Obama remained silent while a campaign raged in North Carolina over whether to restrict marriage to a man and a woman. As for the president’s announcement yesterday . . .
At this stage, Obama’s commitment is purely symbolic. He made it clear it represented his personal view and that he would respect the decisions of individual states – 30 have enacted constitutional bans on same-sex marriages.
So this White House won’t come out and say that same-sex marriage ought to be respected as a fundamental right under the Constitution, just as heterosexual marriage is. All of which means that the only thing same-sex marriage advocates have from this president is words. Where are the actions to back those words up?
UPDATE: Jonathan Adler is very much worth reading on this issue. I don’t expect answers to his questions and arguments to come from Team Obama, or Obamaphiles anytime soon.