Gay activists and bloggers have made much of presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain’s statement that he supports the California initiative defining “marriage as a unique institution between a man and a woman” as he does “not believe judges should be making these decisions.” Â I wonder if they’ll now press the presumptive Democratic nominee on his continued obfuscation (as one conservative blogress who had written favorably about Barack Obama has observed) on gay marriage.
According to Carol Platt Liebau while the “Illinois senator opposes same-sex marriage,” he favors repeal of the the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Â Without that law, she claims, every state in the union would be required toÂ “recognize gay marriages” performed in states recognizing such unions.
Once again, Obama is trying to have it both ways, opposing gay marriage so he doesn’t appear too radical to more socially conservative voters, yet favoring the repeal of DOMA to curry favor with gay voters. Â Another piece of evidence that the dewy-eyed reverence of many of his followers supporters notwithstanding, the Democrats’ standard bearer this year is just another typical politician.