“Stonewall,” however, is a reference to a series of riots at a New York City gay bar in 1969.
That’s quite an elevation for an issue that Obama held quite another position on as recently as 2009, when he said, “What I believe is that marriage is between a man and a woman … What I believe, in my faith, is that a man and a woman, when they get married, are performing something before God, and it’s not simply the two persons who are meeting.”
In 2010, he said his position was “evolving.” But his White House spokesman, in June 2011, said “The president has never favored same-sex marriage. He is against it.”
Questioned again about the issue in July of 2011, Obama told reporters, “I think it’s important for us to work through these issues because each community is going to be different, each state is going to be different.”
And of course, in May 2012, he said in an interview with Robin Roberts that he now supports same-sex marriage — and implied that his Justice Department could argue for it before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Two things are important to point out here.
First, the issue of same-sex marriage simply cannot be decided at the state level. Why? Marriage is, first and foremost, a binding contract. It’s perhaps society’s original binding contract. And the U.S. Constitution says that any contract made in one state must be recognized by other states. That means when the Supreme Court hears same-sex marriage cases in March, it will likely decide not just on California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, but on the ability of gays to marry throughout the nation.
In other words, Obama now claims the mantle of righteousness in his new-found support for same-sex marriage. Those on the other side of the issue don’t merely disagree — they’re on the wrong side of history, humanity and progress.
It’s a sign of things to come. There’s no reasoning with a leader who sees himself as spiritually superior.