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One Year Ago Today: Obama Comes Out for Marriage Equality

What a difference a year, and support from your President makes.

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  1. Ernie: If I read "right side of history" again I'm going to puke. If you missed the last decades of the 20th century you are on the wrong side of history. Marriage equality is your trip. The heterosexual marriage model was the last thing on their minds. The marriage mavens gutted homosexuality in an effort "to be like everyone else."
    Hope you're happy -- although your neighbors might want to kill you.

    Posted by: geb | May 9, 2013 9:42:58 PM


  2. How SICK have some of our own people become that GAYS can argue that the Supreme Court should NOT rule that states have NO "right" to prevent us from marrying the same way they have already ruled that states have NO "right" to prevent mixed race heterosexual couples from marrying? These Queer Quislings have NO legal leg to stand on so one can only conclude that they are trying to cover Obama's ass for refusing to say in his Prop H8TE briefs that ALL state bans are unconstitutional perplexing Justices both liberal and conservative. Quote, emphasis mine:

    JUSTICE GINSBURG: “So a State that has made considerable progress [such as California] has to go all the way, but at least the Government's position is, if it has...done absolutely nothing at all, then...IT CAN DO—DO AS IT WILL.”

    JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: “[Solicitor] General [Verrilli], there is an irony in that which is THE STATES THAT DO MORE HAVE LESS RIGHTS.”

    CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: “You’re saying it's got to happen right now in California, but YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE A POSITION ABOUT WHETHER IT'S REQUIRED IN THE REST OF THE COUNTRY.”

    SOLICITOR GENERAL VERRILLI: “We are not—WE ARE NOT TAKING THE POSITION THAT IT IS REQUIRED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. We think that THAT OUGHT TO BE LEFT OPEN FOR A FUTURE ADJUDICATION IN OTHER STATES that don't have the situation California has.”

    Yes, Mr. Obama seemed to say just days later that he no longer believes in the so-called "states rights" caveat in HIS ADMINISTRATION'S brief—AND in his statement a year ago—but the damage is done, and it will be a miracle if the Court does anything about the states beyond affirming the Ninth Circuit ruling overturning Prop H8TE.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | May 9, 2013 10:20:32 PM


  3. How SICK have some of our own people become that GAYS can argue that the Supreme Court should NOT rule that states have NO "right" to prevent us from marrying the same way they have already ruled that states have NO "right" to prevent mixed race heterosexual couples from marrying? These Queer Quislings have NO legal leg to stand on so one can only conclude that they are trying to cover Obama's ass for refusing to say in his Prop H8TE briefs that ALL state bans are unconstitutional perplexing Justices both liberal and conservative. Quote, emphasis mine:

    JUSTICE GINSBURG: “So a State that has made considerable progress [such as California] has to go all the way, but at least the Government's position is, if it has...done absolutely nothing at all, then...IT CAN DO—DO AS IT WILL.”

    JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: “[Solicitor] General [Verrilli], there is an irony in that which is THE STATES THAT DO MORE HAVE LESS RIGHTS.”

    CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: “You’re saying it's got to happen right now in California, but YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE A POSITION ABOUT WHETHER IT'S REQUIRED IN THE REST OF THE COUNTRY.”

    SOLICITOR GENERAL VERRILLI: “We are not—WE ARE NOT TAKING THE POSITION THAT IT IS REQUIRED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. We think that THAT OUGHT TO BE LEFT OPEN FOR A FUTURE ADJUDICATION IN OTHER STATES that don't have the situation California has.”

    Yes, Mr. Obama seemed to say just days later that he no longer believes in the so-called "states rights" caveat in HIS ADMINISTRATION'S brief—AND in his statement a year ago—but the damage is done, and it will be a miracle if the Court does anything about the states beyond affirming the Ninth Circuit ruling overturning Prop H8TE.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | May 9, 2013 10:20:33 PM


  4. Since this announcement we have doubled the number of states with marriage equality. Obama deserves a lot of the credit for that.

    Posted by: Ken | May 9, 2013 10:57:28 PM


  5. @geb and your various other names here: I was around for the last decades of the 20th century, but it's not 1975 anymore. You may be angry about that; I'm not and my neighbors aren't.

    @Michael: As usual, you vastly underestimate Obama's positive contributions to marriage equality, which are clear, and vastly overestimate the so-called damage he has caused and his influence over the current Supreme Court, all the while seeing the Clinton damages through rosé colored glasses.

    Posted by: Ernie | May 9, 2013 11:29:39 PM


  6. Michael Bedwell is obviously angry at Obama for not cleaning up the mess of his messiah Bill Clinton fast enough.

    Posted by: ny2.0 | May 10, 2013 12:30:22 AM


  7. one year ago today racist gay republicans had the worst day of their lives.

    for a while they'd been able to play willfully ignorant and say "NO! Obama and the GOP have the SAME STANCE on gay marriage!"

    Ignoring, of course, that Obama opposed Prop 8 and the following similarly-styled ban-amendments, whilst McCain et al supported and promoted them.

    it will forever be the day they remember as the day the Black Liberal Muslim Socialist from Not-America extended more grace and support to them than their own white conservative Patriotic American families ever have and ever will.

    it was actually guffaw-worthy to check out sites like GayPatriot.net to see how the right-wing wimps went to extremes to spin it into something to be UPSET about.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 10, 2013 10:03:01 AM


  8. We should also recognize Vice President Joe Biden. He came out in favor first and brought this issue to the forefront.

    Posted by: Eddie | May 10, 2013 11:07:09 PM


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