Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church – for we are members of his body. "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." (Ephesians 5: 25-33, NIV)
This is presumably what the President had in mind when he referred to the "religious connotations" of traditional marriage – the idea that God intentionally designed man and woman as complementary parts of a spiritual and physical whole.
The Constitution hasn't changed in the last three years either. The text is the same now as it was then. No amendments to our national charter were adopted between 2008 and 2011.
And certainly, society's need for the nuclear family – headed by a mother and a father – hasn't changed. On the contrary, society is suffering the ill effects of other pressures that are undermining that institution. With the advent of no-fault divorce, the upsurge in cohabitation outside of marriage, and the rise of single parent families, we have a veritable epidemic of teen pregnancies, teen suicides, childhood poverty, and academic failure. In the wake of these social pathologies – all arising from the weakening of the institution of marriage – Mr. Obama should be looking for ways to bolster the two parent heterosexual model, not abandoning it.
By declaring that Section 3 of DOMA is indefensible in court, the President has taken the first step toward completely dismantling any and all legal defenses of traditional marriage at both the state and the federal levels – religious and social connotations be damned. The gay community recognizes this and is celebrating his decision as a landmark victory for the gay marriage agenda in America.
The only thing that has changed with respect to the evolution of the President's new found position is his political calculus. Plainly and simply, the President believes that public sentiment is shifting increasingly in favor of same sex marriage, and he feels comfortable in moderating his stance. If the President is right and that shift is occurring, it will only be a matter of time before Mr. Obama drops the charade altogether and explicitly endorses the religious and social appropriateness of same-sex marriage.
Apparently, the only firm foundation for the President's convictions is the ever shifting tide of public opinion. That being the case, look for more such changes in the future.