Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Perfecting our union

Obama on marriage equality in Illinois: “As president, I have always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally under the law. Over time, I also came to believe that same-sex couples should be able to get married like anyone else.” As the highlighted words suggest, his position has evolved, but its still not really rights-based. His position on gay marriage is separate – “also” – from his understanding of equal rights. Marriage to him is something he is generously granting to same-sex couples, not an inherent right they have, part of being treated equally under the law. He still has some evolving to do.

“And tonight, I’m so proud that the men and women elected to serve the people of the great state of Illinois have chosen to take us one step further on that journey to perfect our union.” Is that what the kids are calling it these days?

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