Will Obama Ever Finish 'Evolving' on Gay Marriage?

As Vice President Joe Biden makes a bold pro-marriage-equality statement, Ebony's Michael Arceneaux wonders when -- if ever -- President Obama will do the same.

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As Vice President Joe Biden makes a bold pro-marriage-equality statement, Ebony's Michael Arceneaux wonders when President Obama will do the same.

With the niceties out of the way, let’s be clear: President Obama has never said he was “absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women” deserve the same rights and liberties as heterosexual couples.

What the President has said is that he opposes several anti-gay marriage legislation but is personally  “evolving” on gay marriage itself. Those comments are not equal to Biden’s words. Spins be damned.

The issue with Obama’s “evolution” is that no one really believes he’s evolving so much as posturing for political reasons. He wasn’t straddling the lines in 1996 when he declared, “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.” It was only years later that a White House official stated, "If you actually go back and look, that questionnaire was actually filled out by someone else, not the President.”

Read Michael Arceneaux's entire piece at Ebony.

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