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05/23/2011

White House: Marriage shouldn't be between one MN and one ban

by Jeremy Hooper

MNOur official statement on the Minn. marriage amendment that will go before voters in 2012: It's nasty, discriminatory, and finds its support in a group that condemns gays in ways that go well beyond the ring finger.

Now The Washington Blade gets a more official voice on record. Namely, the White House:

“The President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples or to take such rights away. While he believes this is an issue best addressed by the states, he also believes that committed gay couples should have the same rights and responsibilities afforded to any married couple in this country.
White House Issues Statement On Minn. Marriage Amendment [Wash Blade]

"Best addressed by the states"? Okay, but let us remind you, Mr. President: Your current state of mind, at least as publicly states, thinks the best address here is to stop short of full marriage equality. So while we have long appreciated the opposition to these "divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples" (which the MN ballot fight so clearly will be), there's still a massive piece of the puzzle missing on your end. A crucial piece.

Right now, the White House marriage statements are like beautiful historical landmarks that have unfortunately allowed outside forces to lease retail space in their inner hallways. Which is to say: These statements are interesting and certainly worth take a looking at -- now if only they'd close that huge Gap that's smack dab in the center.

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