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Kerry Eleveld: Obama’s Federalism Approach Is Misguided

July 06, 2011 6:31 pm ET - by Equality Matters staff

Equality Matters’ own Kerry Eleveld, in a July 6 piece written for The Daily Beast, argues that President Obama’s failure to publicly endorse marriage equality provides political cover to anti-equality politicians while denying the LGBT community some much-needed political leadership:

The president’s posture has roiled some Americans. But others have made the case that far from hamstringing the marriage-equality movement, Obama is helping it by wisely withholding his endorsement as the issue simmers and stews at the state level.

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This logic is founded on two misguided assumptions: (1) that if Obama came out for same-sex marriage, the debate at the state level would somehow grind to a screeching halt and (2) that Obama’s position exists outside that deliberation, magically affecting neither the content nor the outcome of the debate.

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No one can know for sure the nature of the 2012 election, and certainly Obama’s aides can make a politically homophobic case for not supporting same-sex marriage just as easily as I can do the opposite. But here is what I know beyond a shadow of a doubt: making a callous argument to justify a political calculation isn’t advancing equality, it’s delaying it.

Previously:

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd: Obama Is “Clearly Inching Closer” To Supporting Marriage Equality

Politico’s Glenn Thrush: Obama Is “Going To Have To Stake Out A More Concrete Position” On Marriage Equality

Why Obama Keeps Winning Gay Battles But Losing The War

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