June 17, 2008
Obama not 'bothered' by CA marriages
Posted by: Chris
Barack Obama got his chance to talk about same-sex marriage yesterday, in response to a question on ABC World News by reporter Jake Tapper about yesterday's wedding ceremonies in California:
OBAMA: I still think these are decisions that need to be made at a state and local level. I am a strong supporter of civil unions. I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, but I also think that same-sex partners should be able to visit each other in hospitals; they should be able to transfer property…
TAPPER: Does it bother you what they're doing in California?
The setting was different, of course, from the Tennessee crowd that cheered on John McCain's promise to defend "the sanctity" of heterosexual marriage. But the candidate was even more different.
In a nationwide television interview, Obama restated his opposition to gay marriage while reaffirming the authority of states to decide the issue. In contrast to McCain's threats of late about a federal marriage amendment, Obama made no effort to carve out state supreme courts as some sort of illegitimate exception to that process.
Asked whether he was "bothered" by gay couples marrying in California, the once-married Obama also didn't pander to "the sanctity" of "traditional" marriage like the adulterous, twice-married McCain but instead issued a quick and definitive "no."
Here's the video via Towleroad:
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