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04/19/2007


Obama: I Cannot Imagine That Laws Banning Gays from Marrying Will Pass Constitutional Muster - VIDEO

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In a wide-ranging interview with George Stephanopoulos to air on Nightline tonight , President Obama talks about marriage equality and the cases ahead at the Supreme Court.

Asks Stephanopoulos: "Do you still believe that, or do you now believe that gay marriage is a right guaranteed to all Americans by the Constitution?"

Obama (from transcript):

Well, I’ve gotta tell you that in terms of practical politics, what I’ve seen is a healthy debate taking place state by state, and not every state has the exact same attitudes and cultural mores. And I you know, my thinking was that this is traditionally a state issue and that it will work itself out. On the other hand, what I also believe is that the core principle that people don’t get discriminated against – that’s one of our core values. And it’s in our constitution. It’s in the, you know, 14th Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause. And...from a legal perspective, the bottom line is, is that gays have historically been discriminated against and I do think that courts have to apply what’s called heightened scrutiny, where they take a careful look. If there’s any reason for gays and lesbians to be treated differently, boy, the government better....have a really good...what I believe is that if the states don’t have a good justification for it, then it probably doesn’t stand up to constitutional muster."

"Can you imagine one?", asks Stephanopoulos:

Obama:

I can’t, personally. I cannot. That’s part of the reason I said, ultimately, I think that, you know, same-sex couples should be able to marry. That’s my personal position. And, frankly, that’s the position that’s reflected in the briefs that we filed in the Supreme Court.

My hope is that– the Court looks at the evidence and and in the California case, for example, the only reason presented for treating gays and lesbians differently was, “Well, they’re gay and lesbian.” There wasn’t– a real rationale beyond that. In fact you know, all the other rights and and responsibilities of a civil union were identical to marriage. It’s just you couldn’t call it marriage. Well, at that point, what you’re really sayin’ is “We’re just gonna treat these folks differently because of who they are.” And I do not think that’s who are as Americans. And  frankly, I think American attitudes have evolved, just like mine have, pretty substantially and fairly quickly, and I think that’s a good thing.

Excerpts from some other portions of the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Harry Reid on Immigration Reform: 'Gay Folks...Should Be Protected' - VIDEO

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Steve mentioned this interview in his round-up yesterday but I thought I'd post the clip of Harry Reid telling George Stephanopoulos that same-sex families need to be included in immigration reform.

Via Think Progress:

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (HOST): One of the other big issues, the President said he wants gay and lesbians to be able to have a family preference. Senator McCain has said we shouldn’t come up with legislation for what he calls social issues.

REID: If we have gay folks in this country who have children, or they come from some other place they should be protected just like any other child.

STEPHANOPOULOS: That’s the position the Republicans are saying that’s too heavy to lift.

REID: If they’re looking for an excuse not to support this legislation, this is another one, but the American people are past excuses. They want this legislation passed.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Meanwhile, Senator John McCain is trying to do just that: Mccain

But congressional Republicans immediately condemned the idea and warned that the measure imperils broader immigration reform. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), one of the senators on the eight-member bipartisan working group on immigration, said at a Politico breakfast last week that injecting social issues into the debate over immigration legislation “is the best way to derail it.”

“Which is more important: LGBT or border security?” McCain said, using an abbreviation for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. “I’ll tell you what my priorities are.”

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Ann Coulter: We Owe Civil Rights to Blacks, Not Gays - VIDEO

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On This Week with George Stephanopoulos, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter responded to a passage in her new book Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama in which she claims that various groups, including gays, have "commandeered the civil rights movement", the HuffPost reports:

Coulter said that she thought that "civil rights are for blacks" because the U.S. has a "legacy of slavery and Jim Crow laws."

She added, "We don't owe the homeless. We don't owe feminists. We don't owe women who are desirous of having abortions, or gays who want to get married to one another." She said that "much of the left...dropped the blacks after five minutes" to argue for "civil rights" for other groups of people.

Stephanopoulos interrupted Coulter asking, "Immigrant rights are not civil rights?" Coulter confirmed that she only thinks "civil rights are for blacks."

She argued, "What have we done to the immigrants? We owe black people something. We have a legacy of slavery. Immigrants haven 't even been in this country."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Rick Santorum Says Separation of Church and State Makes Him Want to Vomit: VIDEO

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In addition to remarks over the weekend that Higher Education is dangerous because President Obama is trying to indoctrinate kids by suggesting they attend college and remaking them in his own image, Rick Santorum explained to George Stephanopoulos why JFK's 1960 speech on the separation of church and state makes him want "to throw up".

Said Santorum:

“I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute. The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country. This is the First Amendment. The First Amendment says the free exercise of religion. That means bringing everybody, people of faith and no faith, into the public square. Kennedy for the first time articulated the vision saying, no, ‘faith is not allowed in the public square. I will keep it separate.’ Go on and read the speech ‘I will have nothing to do with faith. I won’t consult with people of faith.’ It was an absolutist doctrine that was foreign at the time of 1960."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Stephanopoulos Questions Chaz Bono's Agenda, Weight, and Cher's Support in 'GMA' Interview: VIDEO

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Chaz Bono appeared on Good Morning America this morning to discuss the controversy surrounding his participation on Dancing with the Stars with George Stephanopoulos.

Schwimmer_bono Said Chaz: "I'm going to be dancing. I'm not up on there talking about anything other than dancing. People who don't have gender dysphoria aren't going to catch it by watching me dance on television."

Stephanopoulos follows that response up with: "How's the dancing going? I heard you lost five pounds in the first six rehearsals?"

He then notes that Cher has been super supportive on Twitter, and asks Chaz, "Where's this coming from?"

Answers Chaz: "From being a mom! Nothing to get a mom on board than talking badly about their kid."

And finally:

STEPHANOPOULOS: And you say you just want to come out there and dance, and we're looking forward to seeing you dance, but what do you say to the critics who say that you are very self-consciously promoting some kind of political agenda?

BONO: I tell them to watch the show and decide after that.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So it's not going to happen?

BONO: It's a dancing show!

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

In related news, attorney Gloria Allred is calling attention to the controversy by holding a news conference announcing that she'll be dancing with transgender people on September 19 when the show premieres.

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Watch: Ron Paul Announces Run for President

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Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) announced he's seeking the Republican nomination for President on Good Morning America this morning. It's Paul's third run for the White House.

Watch Paul announce and talk about his reasons for running, AFTER THE JUMP...

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