Glad to see this; the President recently came out against North Carolina’s Amendment One. (MetroWeekly):
If there was any question whether the March 16 statement by North Carolina Obama campaign spokesman Cameron French stating the Obama campaign’s specific opposition to the marriage amendment there was an intentional move to take a stand on the issue in the state, today’s statement would appear to answer that.
According to a statement released today by Obama for America Minnesota Communications Director Kristin Sosanie, she said, “While the President does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples.”
In the statement provided to Metro Weekly, she continued, “That’s what the Minnesota ballot initiative would do — it would single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples — and that’s why the President does not support it.”
The language is the same as that used by French in March regarding the North Carolina proposal.
It goes without saying that this has nothing to do with the President’s continuing “evolution” on marriage equality; it’s just a statement against institutionalized discrimination by states that would prevent or nullify civil unions or domestic partnerships is wrong. Now how he addresses the pressure for the Democratic Party to adopt a marriage equality plank in its platform is another story.