Obama: Marriage Is A State Issue And I'm Happy About The Vote In New York
At today's press conference, the president was asked if he believes marriage is a civil right. Obama side-stepped the question and said this:
We’ve said that we cannot defend the federal government poking its nose into what states are doing and putting our thumb on the scale against same-sex couples. What I’ve seen happen over the last several years and what happened in New York last week, I think was a good thing. Because what you saw was the people of New York having a debate, talking through these issues. It was contentious, it was emotional, but ultimately they made a decision to recognize civil marriages and I think that’s exactly how things should work. I think it’s important for us to work through these issues because each state is going to be different and each community is going to be different.
(Transcript and video via Igor Volsky at Think Progress)