The White House has declared full support for gay marriage.
The Obama administration filed an amicus brief today with the U.S. Supreme Court, in which it argues that the Court should strike down Proposition 8, the California law passed by state-wide referendum in 2008 that outlaws gay marriage in that state.
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the case in late March.
This is important, and we shouldn’t lose sight of this issue, even though we are justifiably preoccupied with events in Rome (and by the way, to all you sedevacantists out there, go buy yourself a drink – this is one of those rare moments in history when you aren’t colossally wrong, so go ahead and ride that feeling while it lasts. Like they say, even a broken watch is right twice a day).
Obama’s support for gay marriage really shouldn’t come as a surprise. We all recall him stumbling through his “evolving” non-declaration of semi-support for gay marriage last year. After he won a second term, it wasn’t hard to predict that he would throw his full support behind the controversial but increasingly popular movement in support of same-sex marriage. You can’t be half in the closet and half out on this issue.
And let’s not underestimate the extent of President Obama’s commitment to this cause. As he proclaimed during his second inaugural address in January:
“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”
And this is just the beginning. If we’ve learned anything from the Obama administration’s attack on religious freedom through the HHS contraception mandate, it’s that this president will not allow anything to stand in the way of his war on the Catholic Church.
Remember Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention last year?
“…and if proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love…then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.”
Not stand at the courthouse. Not stand in front of a magistrate.
Stand at the altar.
Subtle? Absolutely. Insignificant? No way. Ghostwritten speeches by First Ladies don’t contain extraneous words. This was meant, one hundred percent, and there’s no reason to think President Obama doesn’t share his wife’s view on the matter.
The war on the Catholic Church is just starting, and gay marriage will be another battlefield in that fight.
As Cardinal Dolan personally told the President:
“We will continue to stand in defense of life, marriage, and our first, most cherished liberty, religious freedom.”
Yes we will. We must.