United States

May 8, 2012

Gay marriage and US politics: Romney and Obama can’t pick a side

Two prominent Democrats have come out in support of gay marriage, while Republican Mitt Romney is pressured to distance himself from the issue.

US presidential campaign followers got a good laugh when a proxy for Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of being dishonest and inconsistent with the American public about his views on gay marriage.

The free-talking Vice-President Joe Biden averted a period of pre-convention campaign boredom in improving economic times by blurting out that he was “absolutely comfortable” with gay marriage on Meet the Press on Sunday. Since that statement, the White House and the Obama 2012 campaign has been in overdrive correcting the obvious interpretation that the administration does or will support gay marriage. It doesn’t officially. Except it does in any meaningful analysis of its actions that include ending all court action in defence of the Defence of Marriage Act and speaking out against state gay marriage bans.

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