Well, Hey, At Least Steele Took A Position
by Todd Beeton, Thu May 07, 2009 at 07:20:36 AM EDT
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.