It has been an Orwellian political season during the current Administration. And now I wonder exactly which way the President threads this new needle. You see he campaigned to one of his few credits that a Marriage is between a man and a woman. Today, this is what he's saying.
I have to tell you that over the course of several years, as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that ‘don't ask, don't tell’ is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.
Smarmy and political yes, but mostly slimy, because it basically walks directly into the rhetorical truck of the redefinition of marriage - the conservative peeve. North Carolina was on background in this context wrong to categorically ban civil union on an equal rights basis, and I suppose a federal case will have to be made, again. On the other hand, nobody just happens to live in North Carolina, and its sovereignty cannot be denied.
I reiterate my position. Marriage is between a man and a woman. Civil union should be legal. States should not recognize anything but all civil unions, encompassing common law, religiously ordained and the recent twists with regard to anything that amounts to a civil right.