Last week, Vice President Joe Biden accidentally moved up the timeline for Obama to address the gay marriage issue by publicly declaring his personal support of it. “Open mouth, insert foot,” seems to be Biden’s M.O., so it’s a wonder the White House ever lets him go off script.
The milk being spilt, President Obama decided to make known his opinion on gay marriage. The day after North Carolinians voted in favor of Amendment One to define marriage in the state constitution as a union between one man and one woman, Obama said that he personally supports gay marriage. Then he repealed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
President Obama stressed that while he personally supports gay marriage, he believes that it should be a state issue. I know this will shock a lot of my regular readers, but I completely agree with the president on this issue. Like any other issue not addressed in the U.S. Constitution, I defer to the 10th amendment, which states:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
This whole gay marriage rigmarole seems to be serving as a distraction from the real issues. It’s not like Obama even accomplished anything by saying he supports it. He didn’t move to repeal DOMA, he didn’t sign an executive order banning same sex discrimination for federal contractors, and he declared it a state issue, a typically conservative viewpoint.
President Obama’s stance on gay marriage won’t win him the election in November. Speaking of silly things Joe Biden says, it’s all about that three-letter word: J-O-B-S. The White House can say the economy is recovering all it wants by pointing to declining unemployment numbers, but the truth is that things are so bad that people have just stopped looking for work. You’re not ‘unemployed’ if you’re not actively looking for work.
I filled up my gas tank recently to the tune of $108. Energy prices are skyrocketing thanks to President Obama’s energy and foreign policies. That’s money I would’ve spent stimulating the economy, maybe on a new pair of shoes or a dinner out. Instead, it is literally being burned up making my car go so I can drive carpool and run errands.
The economy is the number one issue this election cycle. After all, whether or not gay people have the right to legally marry is a moot point if our country collapses under economic strain.