Well, Hey, At Least Steele Took A Position

Yesterday, Michael Steele decided to wade into the gay marriage debate by slamming the passage and signing into law of a bill that makes same sex marriage legal in Maine.

"Our party platform articulates our opposition to gay marriage and civil unions, positions shared by many Americans. I believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman and strongly disagree with Maine's decision to legalize gay marriage."

Of course, Steele's statement was at odds with his own previous remarks to GQ about gay marriage being up to the states:

That's why I believe that the states should have an opportunity to address that issue..." [...]

Having said that, I think that the states are the best laboratory, the best place for those decisions to be made, because they will then reflect the majority of the community in which the issue is raised. And that's exactly what a republic is all about."

Which is more in keeping with the cowardly position taken by Maine's two Senators (per The Plum Line):

Earlier today, Collins said on MSNBC that the decision is best "decided at the state level." And Snowe's office put out a statement citing her support for the Defense of Marriage Act, which leaves it to individual states to "make their own determinations on this very personal issue."

And the cowardly position that Robert Gibbs resorted to when responding to a question on the subject on behalf of the president yesterday (per Pam's House Blend):

Jake Tapper: Does the President or the White House have a reaction to the Governor of Maine signing a same-sex marriage bill?

Robert Gibbs: No, I think the President's position on same-sex marriages has been talked about and discussed.

Tapper: He opposes same-sex marriage.

Gibbs: He supports civil unions.

Tapper: Does that mean that he's going to say or do anything against what the citizens of Maine --

Gibbs: Not that I'm aware of. I think the President believes this is an issue that's best addressed by the states.

So, way to go, Michael Steele. Your position on gay marriage may be execrable but, hey, at least you have one.

Tags: Gay Marriage, Maine, Michael Steele (all tags)



Re: Well, Hey, At Least Steele Took A Position

Kudos for at least stating one! hahah YAY Steele!  

by Jorge Marquez 2009-05-07 08:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Well, Hey, At Least Steele Took A Position

Like you, I wish our President would take a positive stance on this issue. I understand that this is not the issue he wants right now, but I am taking some solace in the fact that it is, finally, an idea thats time has come.

by JDF 2009-05-07 08:14AM | 0 recs
Just Slightly Off Topic...

... maybe somebody here can school me.

It seems to me that if a state refuses to recognize a marriage granted in another state (as I believe DOMA allows) it would be a rather blatant violation of the 'full faith and credit' clause in the Constitution which insists that each state recognize the official legal actions taken in another state (paraphrasing, obviously).

Is there some legal aspect of this I'm missing, or has it just not gotten to the SCOTUS yet?

by RecoveringRepublican 2009-05-07 09:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Just Slightly Off Topic...

I used to know the answer to this one.

by Jess81 2009-05-07 11:11AM | 0 recs
Re: Just Slightly Off Topic...

One of the two purposes of DOMA was to carve out an exception of full faith and credit specifically re: state recognition of same sex couples.  Despite many legal scholars considering it to be blatantly unconstitutional, a DOMA challenge has not yet been taken up by the Supreme Court.

My educated guess is that, as of a couple of years ago (the amount of time it would take to advance a DOMA challenge to SCOTUS), groups like GLAD and Lamda Legal had not yet felt the time was right to push a DOMA challenge.  However (again, an educated guess) given the quickly shifting public opinion on civil unions / gay marriage, combined with the recent legislative gains, I think DOMA now has an expiration date.  

by Dreorg 2009-05-07 12:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Well, Hey, At Least Steele Took A Position

Sorry, I just can't get too excited about Obama keeping away from this issue. The fact that there seems to be a growing tide of states authorizing marriage equality allows Obama some wiggle room. He is using that wiggle room to try to accomplish items on a huge agenda. That agenda was made necessary by the insane policies of the Republican party. As long as others are willingly doing the heavy lifting right now, let Obama focus on the 693 things he has to get done, and nobody else can do instead of him.

by anoregonreader 2009-05-07 10:24AM | 0 recs


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