Skip to comments.President Obama Admits That He Thinks Gay Marriage Is a Constitutional Right
Posted on 03/13/2013 1:08:58 PM PDT by nickcarraway
When President Obama announced, in May of 2012, that he supported gay marriage, he was taking a political risk (albeit, at that point, a small one), and he sought to mitigate that risk by watering down his prescription for how the issue of marriage equality should be decided. "I continue to believe that this is an issue that is gonna be worked out at the local level, because historically, this has not been a federal issue, what's recognized as a marriage," he told ABC News's Robin Roberts. In other words, while he personally supported the right of gay people to marry, he believed that each state should be free to craft their own marriage laws. Consequently, nobody could claim that Obama wanted to overturn the gay-marriage bans passed by the God-fearing citizens of, say, North Carolina or Virginia. But the election is over, Obama isn't running again, and he's ready to let us in on a little secret: He actually thinks gay marriage is a Constitutional right.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you still believe that, or do you now believe that gay marriage is a right guaranteed to all Americans by the Constitution?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Well, Ive gotta tell you that in terms of practical politics, what Ive 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 dont get discriminated against thats one of our core values. And its in our constitution. Its in the you know, 14th Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause. And from a legal perspective, the the the bottom line is, is that gays have historically been discriminated against and I do think that courts have to apply whats called heightened scrutiny, where they take a careful look. If theres any reason for gays and lesbians to be treated differently, boy, the government better
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: So banning gay marriage
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: have a really good
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: is discrimination?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Well, what I what I believe is that if if the states dont have a good justification for it, then it probably doesnt stand up to constitutional muster
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Can you imagine one?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: So well, I cant, personally. I cannot. Thats part of the conc reason I said, ultimately, I think that you know, same-sex couples should be able to marry. Thats my personal position. And, frankly, thats the position thats 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, theyre gay and lesbian. There wasnt a real rationale beyond that. In fact you know, all the other rights and and responsibilities of a civil union were identical to marriage. Its just you couldnt call it marriage. Well, at that point, what youre really sayin is Were just gonna treat these folks differently because of who they are. And and I do not think thats thats who are as Americans. And and frankly, I think American attitudes have evolved, just like mine have pretty substantially and fairly quickly, and I think thats a good thing.
Obama's views didn't really "evolve." He supported gay marriage all the way back in 1996, but changed his mind out of political expedience. Then, when gay marriage became politically acceptable, he reverted back to his former position, but framed it as a state issue even though he believed it was actually a constitutional right. It's cute that he's sticking with the evolution line, though.
Creating insular “constitutional rights” in the vested interests of specific segments of society is a deliberately designed to dilute and render meaningless the broader God-given Rights of Man found in the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution.
Yeah, and a 32-ounce Coke is a constitutional right, too
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Homosexualism is not even mentioned in the US constitution yet he finds “rights” there. Hum. Hummmmm. What does he thibk of the Constitutional clause specifying the qualifications for the office of the President of the United States? (Oops. Skipped that one, eh?)
When he’s finished mistaking dust for fine print maybe he can go back and read the big fonts that spell out the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Amendments.
Right there next to the word “musket”.
I’m not so certain any sort of marriage is a constitutional right. I don’t see it in there. “Gay marriage” isn’t in there either. Marriage just might be one of those things left to the states and the people.
Kinda like the “right” to an abortion. Still haven’t found where that’s written. What’s next? A nambla member on his diversity council?
Pope Francis I: Gay marriage is a "Machination of the Father of Lies"
What is the opinion of Justices Roberts and Kennedy on homosexual marriage?
No doubt in my mind that Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan will vote for homosexual marriage in the Supreme Court as they hear the 2 cases on marriage later this month. Is there a 5th vote to force 50 state homosexual marriage? Will the opinions be limited in any way to allow states to define marriage, or will states lose any control over marriage and family law? I guess we’ll all find out
We also knew Barry wasn't man enough to speak how he really feels. The man is a coward!
We are being “given over” as in Romans 1.
It will be forced on everyone, guaranteed.
No surprise here because Hussein is a homosexual or bisexual.
The President believes in rights that are not rights in the Constitution, and doesn’t believe we have the rights that are in the Constitution. So, when he swore his oath of office, did he have his fingers crossed?
Just finally showing his true feelings, if this has been the law when he was young, he never would have had to marry that beast, Moochelle...
He not only thinks its a constitutional right, but that everybody should be forced into a gay marriage...it’s for the children.....
UnNatural Law is not Constitutional.