Over at LGBTQ Nation, Barbara Weicksel looks at the distance between President Obama’s inaugural speech and the words of Press Secretary Jay Carney the next day on marriage equality:
As happy as I was to hear President Obama say in his second inaugural address:
“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. For if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”
… I was just an unhappy to hear White House Press Secretary Jay Carney the following day say that while President Obama personally supports civil gay marriage, he doesn’t believe gay marriage should be a federal issue.
Do you believe that women would have ever been given the right to vote if that had been left up to the individual States to vote on? As it is – women are still looking for that equal pay thing to click in.
She’s got a point – until there’s a federal standard, our rights will be subject to the whims of individual states. It’s not right that our marriage can be stripped away just by crossing a state line.