Vice President Joe Biden heated things up over the weekend when he came out in support of gay marriage. Shortly thereafter, education secretary Arne Duncan made similar comments. When asked about it during a press conference earlier this week Jay Carney explained that President Obama has evolving views on gay marriage, causing widespread mockery. Now Obama has scheduled an interview with ABC News at which time he will be pressed to clarify his stance on same-sex marriage.
The interview, to be conducted by Robin Roberts, an anchor on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and was secured in the wake of a declaration by Mr. Obama’s vice president, Joseph R. Biden, on Sunday that he was “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex marriages.
The White House and the president’s re-election campaign declined to comment on Wednesday.
This is a big deal, because Obama’s looking to appease his gay fundraisers, while at the same time not offending black voters who are overwhelmingly against same-sex marriage.
According to the Washington Post, one in six of Obama’s top campaign bundlers — the fundraisers who bring together major donations — are gay. In Hertford County, North Carolina, which is 60 percent black and voted 70 percent for Obama in 2008, Amendment One — a ballot initiative defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman — passed with 70 percent of the vote. That’s nine points better than the amendment did statewide.
In 2008, black voters helped Obama carry California by a landslide margin. They also gave Proposition 8, defining marriage as a man and a woman, 70 percent of the vote. (Read More)
We’ll have to wait and see. What’s promising in all of this is that he’s no longer a blank slate that can be all things to all people.
Update: Linked by The Pirate’s Cove – thanks!
President Obama clarified his stance. Suddenly he’s all for states’ rights, saying he “personally” supports gay marriage, but believes it should be left up to the states.
Update 2: Read about how Obama’s views on gay marriage have flipped and flopped over the years. Who knows what he’ll say tomorrow.
Update 4: POH Diaries linked – thank you!