But he had no problem patting himself on the back for the things he has done.
This afternoon, President Barack Obama was asked to comment on whether marriage is a civil right. Of course, he knew what the reporter was getting at - they wanted him to finally voice a solid opinion on gay marriage - but President Obama decided not to directly address the issue. Rather, he again enforced his support for individual states to decide for themselves. He said:
“Let me start by saying this administration under my direction has consistently said we cannot discriminate as a country on the basis of sexual orientation. And we have done more in the two and half years that I’ve been here than the previous 43 presidents to uphold that principle…What I’ve seen happen over the last several years, and what happened in New York last week, was a good thing. What you saw was the people of New York having a debate, talking through these issues; it was contentious, it was emotional, but ultimately they made a decision to recognize civil marriages. And I think that’s exactly how things should work. And so I think it’s important for us to work through these issues, because each community is going to be different and each state is going to be different to work through them.”
Spoken like a true politician.
We're grateful for the steps you have taken in the defense of marriage equality, Mr. President, but we are still so eager for you to take a firmer stance on the issue. So many of your constituents look to you for guidance and if perhaps you made a stronger effort for the change, your representatives across this nation would follow suit.
Equality for all, Mr. President. That's what we want. It's not so much to ask.
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