Obama Pitched Marriage to the Justices—Without Setting Foot in Court

The Atlantic
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January 24, 2013
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On Monday, President Obama made gay-rights history during his inaugural address. "We the people declare today that the most evident of truth that all of us are created equal -- is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls and Selma and Stonewall," Obama said. "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal, as well." And on Tuesday, Press Secretary Jay Carney dutifully repeated a well-worn line to reporters at the White House briefing. "The president believes that it's an issue that should be addressed by the states," Carney said. Ah, yes. The states! If it was a letdown to hear the White House bungle its same-sex-marriage message just one day after President Obama made a historic statement at the inauguration, it was also oh-so predictable. Those of us who have followed every step of Obama's dance with marriage equality are used to this herky-jerky, two-steps-forward-one-step-back tango by now.