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Cruiser's avatar

Obama is now clearly for same sex marriage yet the DNC won't push to repeal DOMA...is this the tail wagging the dog?

Asked by Cruiser (40416points) May 10th, 2012

President Obama declared his personal support for same-sex marriage yesterday, but the White House chose not to push for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act today.

“Well, party platform issues are for the party to decide,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said when asked if Obama would call for the repeal of DOMA and endorsement of pro-gay marriage language in the party platform. “That process is underway, and I refer you to the DNC on the question about the platform.”

Is this two steps forward and two steps back? Who is really running our Government here?

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Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

I think he ordered the justice department to just stop enforcing it. He did that awhile ago, claiming if is unconstitutional.

Fly's avatar

President Obama has now said that he supports gay marriage, but he still believes that it is a state issue. For this reason, it would not make sense for him to attempt to repeal DOMA at this point.

I don’t think it’s a step back in any way, and it’s only a very small step forward to begin with. While I am happy that he has finally decided to wholeheartedly support gay marriage, I doubt that this will make much of a difference in the end either way.

JLeslie's avatar

People were upset Obama took the long route to repeal DADT. He seems to be patient on certain fronts to gain support for the issue I think. I believe he worries if he just tries to use some sort of presidential power it might backfire or not stick for whatever reason.

Nullo's avatar

It’s campaign season.

jerv's avatar

Note that many of the people pushing the anti-homosexual agenda are also the ones crying the loudest about states rights. For a moment, let us forget that they consider Obama to be a Muslim Socialist. In the eyes of many of them, any President seeking to use Federal power to interfere in the rights of a state to ban same-sex unions would cause even more partisan problems than we already have.

Oddly enough, those same people often support a Federal ban on same-sex unions, but we already knew tat they are all about double standards.

AngryWhiteMale's avatar

Obama merely stated his personal opinion; nothing else has really changed. Yet everyone’s getting all excited. This is what pandering to one-issue voters does. Look for certain states to continue to approve marriage for all, and others to continue to push back. In the end, it’s going to play out in the courts, I think.

JLeslie's avatar

@AngryWhiteMale See, this is what I have wondered about all the politicians, is it just their personal opinion, or are they going to try and change our laws? Romney says he is against gay marriage, but is he going to try and make laws or change the constitution? Years ago he was personally pro-life, but politically pro-choice. Why don’t any of the journalists ask him that question? Are you going to try and do something about it if in office, or is it just your personal view?

GoldieAV16's avatar

I’m not sure where you get the idea that the DNC is not calling for the repeal of DOMA (your link is not factually correct.)

This is from the DNC website: “For too many though, this ideal is still far from a reality. That’s why in our fight to stand up for civil rights for all Americans, we are committed to protecting voting rights, enacting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ensuring civil unions and equal federal rights for LGBT couples and fully repealing the Defense of Marriage Act.”

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