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Well President Obama has done it again.

Less than 24 hours after saying in his Inaugural Address that “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.”  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney yesterday stated that President Obama believes that same-sex marriage is a “states issue” and not Federal and that the White House would not actively move to oppose Proposition 8, which sits before the Supreme Court:

NBC News’ Kristen Welker was first to ask whether the remarks — which suggested a national call to support marriage equality — represent a shift in Obama’s way of thinking from his previous position that marriage should be left to the states and not handled at the federal level.

“The President’s position on this has been clear in terms of his personal views.”

“He believes that individuals who love each other should not be barred from marriage. He talks about this not about religious sacraments, but civil marriage. And that continues to inform his beliefs. We have taken position on various efforts to restrict the rights of Americans, which he generally thinks is a bad idea.”

Carney also indicated that Obama’s believes Section 3 of DOMA, which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional based on the belief that the federal government shouldn’t be involved in marriage.

“One the reasons why we believe that Section 3 of DOMA is not constitutional is because we should not addressing it in that way,” Carney said and then moved on to the issue of Prop 8.

“Well, as you know, the administration is not party to that case and I have nothing more for you on that. We have, as you, know through the Department of Justice taken an active role in DOMA cases, which is why I can tell you the things I told you about that. But on this Section 8 case, we’re not involved.

Heather Cronk from GetEQUAL responds:

“After such a stirring speech by the President during Monday’s inaugural ceremony, it was disappointing to hear Jay Carney go back to the same old ‘states rights’ argument that has plagued civil rights movements of the past. As we move closer to a Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, we hope that the President again ‘evolves’ on his view of LGBT relationships.”

For me personally I find the White House’s and thereby the President’s answer on this question is profoundly bigoted and homophobic and I wish that people would begin to see that.

If the issue was about inter-faith or inter-racial marriage would the President and the White House say the same thing?  Of course not.  And this shouldn’t be about the President’s “personal views” it should be about whats right according to the Constitution of the United States.

We need to face facts and turn our back on the hyperbole.  Obama is all talk, and the only time he takes action, takes an actual step forward, is because we’re having to take out his knees with a crowbar.  We had to push hard to get DADT done. So hard in fact that GetEQUAL had to lead a protest of  Lesbian and Gay vets and supporters to chain themselves to the White House while Obama dragged his feet. And in actuality all of his “accomplishments” for the LGBT community have been “work arounds” of  DOMA  (Defense of Marriage Act) while not really attacking it.

Far too many organizations in the LGBT community are empowering the oppression against us by failing to hold our leader, the Democratic Party and our “friends” accountable. and this has got to stop.

Hopefully all those people and professionals in the LGBT equality business aka Gay Inc. (HRC, GLAAD, The Task Force). who were gushing over Obama and a shout-out to Stonewall on Monday  just got a reality check. As I’ve repeatedly said, Obama has suckered the lot of you.  All he had to do was whisper “sweet nothings” in your ears and you laid down and let him walk all over you and actually do nothing for equality. Empty words. All talk and no action for equality.

The U.S. Constitution protects these rights of the people from infringement by the states. And as long as DOMA stands on the books, same-sex marriage is indeed a Federal Issue.

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Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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