Obama on Gay Marriage
President Barack Obama visited New York. The state is debating whether or not to make gay marriage legal. Unlike in the past, Obama didn't give his usual spiel about supporting civil unions and not gay marriage. Obama didn't give an endorsement to gay marriage. Obama did say, "DOMA doesn't make sense." Obama's position on gay marriage will "evolve" as poll numbers show more Americans supporting gay marriage.
OBAMA: Part of the reason that DOMA doesn’t make sense is that traditionally marriage has been decided by the states and right now, I understand there is a little debate going on here in New York about whether to join five other states and DC in allowing civil marriage for gay couples. And I want to say that under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, with the support of Democrats and Republicans, New York is doing exactly what democracies are supposed to to do. There is a debate, there is a deliberation about what it means here in New York to treat people fairly in the eyes of the law and that is — look, that’s the power of our democratic system.