Janet M. LaRue

President-elect Barack Obama told an MTV interviewer the day before the election that he believes “marriage is between a man and a woman,” and that he’s “not in favor of gay marriage.” Despite a host of blatantly incompatible statements, Obama’s besotted media seem incapable of scrutinizing his alleged support of traditional marriage.

Even many conservatives have given him a pass on this issue.

Obama has repeatedly stated his intent to repeal the entire federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which protects man-woman marriage. He’s called it “an abhorrent law.” Why aren’t media asking:

  • If Obama believes that “marriage is between a man and a woman,” why does he want to repeal the section of DOMA that defines marriage under federal law as “a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife?” 
  • If Obama believes that “the federal government should not stand in the way of states that want to decide on their own how best to pursue equality for gay and lesbian couples whether that means a domestic partnership, a civil union or a civil marriage,” (as he wrote in an open letter published on a homosexual news Web site on March 5, 2008) why does he want to repeal the other section of DOMA, which protects the right of states to decide those very issues “on their own?”
  • Why did Obama oppose the right of Californians to define marriage by passing Proposition 8, even though California provides every right and benefit of marriage to same-sex domestic partners, which is all that he claims to favor?

Obama referred to Prop. 8 as “playing around with the constitutions.” You’d think some media type would ask him why he approves of four judges on the California Supreme Court playing Etch-a-Sketch with the California constitution by writing in a “right” to same-sex “marriage.”


Janet M. LaRue

Jan LaRue is Senior Legal Analyst with the American Civil Rights Union; former Chief Counsel at Concerned for Women; Legal Studies Director at Family Research Council; and Senior Counsel for the National Law Center for Children and Families. Be the first to read Janet LaRue's column. Sign up today and receive Townhall.com delivered each morning to your inbox.


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