In an interview with Robin Roberts that’s set to air tonight, President Barack Obama has come out in personal support of marriage equality. The key statement:
I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.
Now, this is several years late, forced in part by Vice President Biden’s statement of his own personal views on the subject, and lacking any substantive hint as to what he actually plans to do with what nobody believes is his newfound support. He also supports the right of states to set their own marriage policy, so the case can be made that he voiced an equal amount of support for Proposition 8 and Amendment 1. But it’s something.
At the very least, it puts him right here in the 21st century with the majority of the country minus Mitt Romney, who this morning reiterated his opposition even to civil unions. It has also already incensed Fox News, whose Fox Nation website is currently running the headline Obama Flip-Flops, Declares War On Marriage.
It is something, but so is this: your Twitter feed is going crazy over the fact that the President of the United States made clear his personal support of civil rights in 2012. God bless America.