Does Obama Support Gay Marriage?

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

President Barack Obama speaks at the Democratic National Committee's Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Leadership Gala in New York, June 23, 2011. (Getty)

The issue of gay marriage is back in the national spotlight after two high-level members of President Obama’s administration voiced their support for the issue this week. 

The president sets the policy.  I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties.

-Vice President Joe Biden

On Sunday, Vice President Joe Biden made statements supporting same-sex marriage on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Then yesterday, as Obama's reelection campaign tried to downplay the comments, Education Secretary Arne Duncan stated his unequivocal support of the issue on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." 

The comments have reinvigorated the gay marriage debate and President Obama’s vague stance on the issue now faces fresh scrutiny from politicians, activists, and voters from all sides of the spectrum. Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, a national marriage equality advocacy group joins The Takeaway along with Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent.

Guests:

Evan Wolfson and Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Marc Kilstein

Comments [4]

Peggy Petty

I am so disappointed in our President. I thought he would stand up for this Country's morals. He does not get my vote now. Our country is destined for takeover, because history repeats itself. The last thing that happens prior to a country's downfall is the abandonment of morals.

May. 09 2012 06:54 PM
Nicky McCatty from Brookline, Brooklyn

Makes me proud. I've always believed that Julian Bond had it right, and wondered why it was not more obvious to most people that this restriction was just another form of prejudice.

May. 09 2012 04:42 PM
Angel from Miami, FL

The government should NOT be involved in marriage licenses. They should issue "two-person domestic union" permits. Marriage is a religious institution and the government should not be involved in those.

Any two people, non-gender specific, can get one of these permits and decide if they want to get "married" through whatever service or denomination they choose or will have them.

While lots of people base their decisions on religious beliefs, the government as an entity should not. It's based on written law which should be secular in its treatment of all citizens.

May. 08 2012 01:21 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Well, Vice-President Biden has betrayed his Catholic faith, again. Polls say that people support same-sex marriage, but then why does it keep get voted down when the public votes on it?

May. 08 2012 06:10 AM

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