‘The president does oppose same-sex marriage but he supports equality for gay and lesbian couples’ – Axelrod to MSNBC

Say again?

Axelrod’s point, if you watch the video, is that the President is for “separate but equal” benefits for gay couples. Putting aside the obvious horror of that statement, we can’t get “equal” benefits because of DOMA. That would be the law that the President routinely defends in court against our civl rights challenges, and the law about which the President has done nothing to get repealed, even though he promised to repeatedly during the campaign.

This is the key quote:

The president opposed Proposition 8 at the time. He felt that it was divisive. He felt that it was mean-spirited, and he opposed it at the time. So we reiterated that position yesterday. The president does oppose same-sex marriage, but he supports equality for gay and lesbian couples, and benefits and other issues, and that has been effectuated in federal agencies under his control. He’s supports civil unions, and that’s been his position throughout. So nothing has changed.

Actually, a lot has changed. And, Obama’s position has to change. Please sign our open letter to President Obama asking him to come out in support of full marriage equality. It’s time for Obama to get on the right side of history. And, we have to let him know that’s where he needs to be. We won’t accept separate, but equal.

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