It being election season, time to pander to your base. And what better way to do that than support the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act?
"The president has long called for the legislative repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters. "He is proud to support the Respect for Marriage Act."
The Human Rights Campaign, the country's biggest gay advocacy group, immediately thanked Obama for his support. "By supporting this legislation, the President continues to demonstrate his commitment to ending federal discrimination against tens of thousands of lawfully married same-sex couples," the group's president, Joe Solmonese, said in the statement.
Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said in a statement that he celebrates Obama's position and appreciated the show of support before Wednesday's hearing.
Obama has said he supports efforts to repeal DOMA, calling it a "discriminatory" law that violates the Constitution. "It's time for us to bring it to an end," he said at a reception for LGBT pride month in June.
He has yet to publicly support gay marriage.
That's the irony, of course, Gays are chaining themselves to the White House fence because Obama won't come out and say that he supports gay marriage but he supports the repeal of a bill that identifies traditional marriage between a man and a woman as worth defending. He gets it both ways - sort of. No one who is paying any attention believes that after the election he won't have a change of heart and come out for gay marriage.
A transparent administration alright - transparently phony.