Thursday, July 03, 2008

Obama flip-flops on same-sex marriage

The San Jose Mercury News prints this editorial:
John McCain's support for the initiative to ban gay marriage in California - Proposition 8 - was predictable, ...

Obama and McCain both have said they believe marriage should be between a man and woman. They part company on the impulse to legislate their personal belief ...

Make no mistake. This is a civil rights issue. Under law, only marriage confers certain legal rights of inheritance, medical decision-making and child custody.
The newspaper is mistaken. Same sex couples can get all of those "legal rights" under California law, regardless of whether Proposition 8 passes or not. All they have to do is to register as domestic partners. The editorial is as wrong as it can be.

Obama is trying to be both for and against same-sex marriage at the same time. He has flip-flopped on many other issues as well, ranging from the Iraq War to wearing a flag lapel pin.

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