Kirsten Gillibrand, Barney Frank: President Obama may endorse marriage equality before the 2012 election


How nice to treat you to some great news, via The Wonk Room. From an interview with the Advocate’s Andrew Harmon:

HARMON: So I’d have to pose the same question for President Obama. Do you think it’s possible that he could come out in support of marriage equality


HARMON:…before the 2012 election?

GILLIBRAND: Definitely... [He] shows a shift in his willingness to use the power of the White House — the power of the administration — to change public perception and to change policy.

So I think we could get a very strong public statement out of him.

And this:

...Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) seemed to agree, telling a small group of activists, “This is just my intuition, but I think the President will be supportive of marriage in the states that offer it before the 2012 election.”

I can't jump up and down quite yet, or maybe I will on just one foot, but this is still promising stuff. I just hope it isn't wishful thinking.

H/t: Greg Ostravich

  • In the day when a man can become pregnant because he used to be a woman and was still a woman on the inside, this is not a moral issue.  It's a practical one.

    You have these different groups: male to female, female to male, post-op, pre-op, non-op, infants surgically assigned, transgender full-time, transgender part-time.  One partner or both.  In some states, your gender is what is on your birth certificate, and not everybody has access to one.  In others, it's what's on your driver's license, and you can petition to be assigned male or female.

    If you are transgender, and you fly from San Francisco to New York City, it's quite possible your gender will legally change 8 times before you land, because states may not share your own state's view of your Gender.  

    What does this have to do with being Gay or Lesbian?  Marriage is defined by gender.  So if one or both partners are transgender and marry, and more are doing so, it creates a legal state-by-state mess more convoluted than a Wall Street Derivative, and you know how great those have been to the market.

    Oh, and can we talk about divorce?

    Marital Equality on the Federal level is the Man/Woman/One or the Other-date.