As usual you can count on blogress diva Ann Althouse for insightful commentary on events of the day. And she does so again today with her thoughts on gay marriage and the 2012 election.
She agrees with us that Republicans should resist using the same-sex marriage issue against Obama:
The issues in this election should have to do with economics, foreign policy, and the things that fall squarely within a President’s responsibility. Obama has a record here, and he should have to defend it, not distract us with a “social” issue. His actual political policy on same-sex marriage isn’t even different from Romney’s: Leave it to the states. Leave it to the states is a fine — truly excellent — way to package the issue and set it to the side. I would encourage Republicans to do exactly that . . .
Emphasis added. Just read the whole thing (via Instapundit).
I quibble slightly with Althouse’s spin, and would replace the word “actual” in the highlighted passage above with “effective.” Romney does favor a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, thus precluding state recognition of same-sex unions.
The reason, however, I would use the word “effective” is that there is no way such an amendment could muster the necessary two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress in order to be sent to the states for ratification — and you need three-quarters of the states to agree to a constitutional amendment. Ain’t gonna happen.
The only difference between Obama’s policy on gay marriage and Romney’s is rhetorical. Just words.