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Obama Says He is 'Still Working on' Supporting Same-Sex Marriage: VIDEO

President Obama was asked by George Stephanopolous about his "evolving" position on marriage equality. He said he's still "working on it", ABC News reports:

Os Obama, who was praised this weekend in the gay community, said his position on gay marriage was "evolving," but refused to say whether he would support gay marriage by Election Day 2012.

"I'm still working on it," he said of whether he would move from supporting civil unions for same-sex couples to supporting gay marriage.

In related news, the Washington Blade's Chris Johnson hammered White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today about Obama's remarks on Saturday night to the Human Rights Campaign in which the President discussed social progress, specifically the acceptance of a woman's wife by her father.

Presser From the White House Press Briefing:

Blade: When he was talking about the American Jobs Act, the president said, “You’re also folks who are worried about the economy and whether or not your partner or husband or wife will be able to find a job.” Later on, when talking about progress, he said, “It happens when a father realizes he doesn’t just love her daughter, but also her wife.”

Should I interpret those remarks to mean the president now supports same-sex marriage?

Jay Carney: I would say that you’re over-interpreting remarks. I would just leave it to you to analyze. The president’s position on gay marriage is well known. The comments he made late last year about his views on it are well known, and I have no updates for you. I wouldn’t read into language there any change.

Blade: But isn’t it disingenuous for the president to speak reverentially about these people’s spouses when he doesn’t support same-sex marriage?

Carney: Again, I’ll let the president address that question. I think this president’s record on LGBT issues, his commitment to the rights of all Americans was evident on Saturday night both in his remarks and the response he got from the audience there, so I’ll leave it at that.

Carney continued to dodge questions about when Obama's "evolution" would come to an end.

Watch this segment from the press briefing, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. (you forgot the rest of the headline)


    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Oct 3, 2011 6:41:56 PM

  2. Everyone with half a brain knows that Obama supports marriage equality - he is playing a lame political game. It wouldn't change any votes but definitely would energize the liberal base... but at the same time energize the bigots... he obviously believes the bigots would be energized more...

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 3, 2011 6:42:49 PM

  3. Just like I predicted back 3 years ago, the economy killing leftist can't even support gay marraige. He's evolving. Yeah, right.

    Posted by: Vi Agara | Oct 3, 2011 6:45:45 PM

  4. He'll keep this up until it's more of a political liability to NOT support marriage equality.

    And since that moment has already arrived expect him to stop working on it and actively support it by 2012.

    The country knows he supports gay equality. He should just say so.

    Posted by: yonquersconquers | Oct 3, 2011 6:51:05 PM

  5. Disgusting! The man has no soul. I wouldn't vote for him if I were paid to do it! If the Dems want to stand a chance of retaining the White House, they'd better be thinking about a primary challenge.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Oct 3, 2011 6:52:52 PM

  6. By the way, the economy imploded on September 2008 when George W Bush was president, I seem to recall - and after a decade of unregulated excess by the banks and loan industries.

    Posted by: yonquersconquers | Oct 3, 2011 6:53:12 PM

  7. I agree with most people here that Obama supports marriage equality. The problem is that Karl Rove and George Bush put marriage up for a vote in 2004. Moderate voters who were against gay marriage back then don't want to be told that they are bigots. That is why Obama has to use words like "evolve".

    Gay people themselves are evolving on gay marriage. Rufus Wainwright spoke out against marriage before changing his mind.

    Posted by: Kenton | Oct 3, 2011 7:08:02 PM

  8. Herman Cain. He is waiting to see if Herman Cain will be nominated, because he knows he can siphon off the conservative minority vote. There is no doubt Obama supports marriage equality, but he doesn't want to be outflanked. Any republican, no matter how racist, will vote for Cain over Obama. Very few black voters, no matter how socially conservative, will vote for Perry. Give them Cain as an option and they just might go for it. Obama doesn't want to give the GOP incentive to pull in more votes.

    YES, Obama has a soul, but he also has a brain.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 3, 2011 7:09:23 PM

  9. Piss or get off the pot.

    It's not like the Right could possibly hate you more.

    Posted by: Sgt. Sausagpants | Oct 3, 2011 7:12:22 PM

  10. .... If the president was a pokemon, he would be the only pokemon to have 9,000 evolutions...

    Posted by: Cocoamonk | Oct 3, 2011 7:33:32 PM

  11. Obama's "evolution" is just a ploy to keep the Gay, Inc. ATM cash-machine operating through the 2016 Presidential election-cycle on behalf of the President and the Party. Since the Gay Left will not hold the White House and the Democratic leadership on the Hill accountable, it's a cynical-but-winning strategy for the DNC money-raising machine.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Oct 3, 2011 7:50:49 PM

  12. a dreadful equivocator
    Afraid of whom exactly? blacks? Hispanics?
    He’s gaining few votes by this game of his
    Makes me despise him ever more
    In 2011, this bigot who got in with gay votes, is still not out there for marriage equality
    He needs a primary challenge –

    Posted by: jw | Oct 3, 2011 7:59:21 PM

  13. Jan 21, 2013

    Posted by: tranquilo | Oct 3, 2011 8:22:21 PM

  14. People seem to be assuming that the entire United States electorate is watching the gay marriage debate as carefully as we are, and that they are just as aware about Obama's position on marriage equality as we are.
    They're obviously not.
    The scores of bigots that saturate the heart of the Bible Belt and other places in our regrettably conservative country have no idea that President Obama is "evolving" on anything, because the media doesn't consider that an attractive enough headline to spread across the US and the world. And while they would be more than willing to restrict our rights, these uninformed bigots simply aren't motivated enough to search "gay marriage Obama" on Google. So even if he's literally on the line between civil unions and marriage, until he makes that declaration none of them will no.
    By staying away from complete advocacy of gay marriage, he is making sure that those bigots who would otherwise support him based on economic policy/foreign policy/party affiliation won't switch to Republican because of their dislike of "dose freaky fuhlootin gays up yonder".
    This is especially applicable to Black Democrats in the south, many of which are relatively conservative but vote democratically due to historic ties to the party.

    Make no mistake, I am as idealistic and emotional about this as you all are- Hell, I'm a 17-year-old that's basically grown up with the marriage equality movement. I would love a President that proudly carried the rainbow flag with him on the campaign trail. I would love for Obama to just be honest about what we know he believes in.

    But I'm tired of losing to those bigots. It's unacceptable that prejudice is triumphing over love. I want results, plain and simple. And the only chance we have of obtaining marriage equality, through DOMA repeal and appointment of liberal SCOTUS judges, is through Obama. The only way Obama will be able to enact any pro-gay change will be if he gets elected.
    Therefore, we will only see progress in the fight for equality if Obama gets elected.
    Anyone that closely follows the same sex marriage debate knows Obama supports marriage equality. He's not fooling us. But those that don't follow it have no clue. On the one hand, it's likely that anti-gay people will vote for Obama without realizing his pro-gay stance if he doesn't declare his stance. But everyone who considers marriage equality a top priority will already be supporting Obama, and so it's unlikely that many people will change their vote on to his side if he declares his pro-gay stance.
    That means if Obama declares his support of same-sex marriage, our side will be less likely to succeed.

    We must make progress; we must succeed. For the sake of marriage equality, Obama should not declare his support of same-sex marriage.

    Posted by: Moonie | Oct 3, 2011 9:23:26 PM

  15. "Just like I predicted back 3 years ago, the economy killing leftist can't even support gay marraige. He's evolving. Yeah, right."

    This comment paid for by the Republican National Committee.

    Posted by: Markus | Oct 3, 2011 9:23:52 PM

  16. He will evolve after he leaves office. And that's 100% okay if he keeps moving the ball forward on gay rights, which he is doing and will continue to do, and if he presents a vastly superior alternative to the tea party-captive Republicans, which he does.

    Posted by: jersey | Oct 3, 2011 10:53:10 PM

  17. and Im still 'working on' ie 'mulling over' supporting an african american president.

    Posted by: stevenelliot | Oct 3, 2011 11:16:43 PM

  18. Prez is not gonna come out in favor of full marriage equality until after the election. Come on, folks, this is politics. He will do absolutely nothing that could possibly cost him a vote to the other side. When/if he gets reelected, as a lame duck, he can do what he wants, and say what he pleases, because it will cost him nothing.

    There is no moral leadership in America any more.

    Posted by: Sue | Oct 3, 2011 11:23:32 PM

  19. @STEVENELLIOT said:
    "and Im still 'working on' ie 'mulling over' supporting an african american president."

    In that case, I hope you get the Republican president you and your kind so obviously want.

    Posted by: elg/edwin | Oct 3, 2011 11:39:48 PM

  20. @Stevenelliot you're an idiot

    Posted by: wondermann | Oct 3, 2011 11:54:01 PM

  21. I firmly believe in religious freedom. Do I "support" Mormonism? Do I "support" Buddhism? Do I "support" them both equally and simultaneously?

    Why don't politicians have to answer stupid questions like that?

    Obama, whether he "supports" SSM marriage or not, support the LEGAL RECOGNITION of them, and that's more than enough. But, thanks to the stupid "journalism" on display in the White House pressroom, all we get is a silly argument about "evolving".

    Posted by: BobN | Oct 4, 2011 12:13:21 AM

  22. Moonie, you nailed it.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 4, 2011 12:30:34 AM

  23. @Moonie, great comment!

    Posted by: Damien | Oct 4, 2011 1:08:20 AM

  24. I wonder where the US is headed when the way to get elected is to appeal to bigots (lie to them) in order to do something like repealing DOMA.

    The country is in favour of marriage equality. Even a few Republicans, and a candidate or two (depending on who's counting) favour marriage equality.

    I don't see what Obama has to lose, given his numbers are falling anyway. He could energize the LGB vote, and get himself a larger ground campaign if he simply said what we think he thinks.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 4, 2011 2:57:48 AM

  25. President Obama:

    signed DADT repeal.
    ensured hospital visitation for LGBT families.
    will not defend DOMA.

    every likely republican nominee will:

    introduce a constitutional amendment against marriage equality
    defend DOMA
    punish those who challenge LGBT rights.
    repeal marriage equality in DC.
    stack the supreme court against marriage equality

    the LGBT community needs to stay united and support the progress that has been made.

    Posted by: andnowwhat | Oct 4, 2011 3:00:39 AM

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