Less than 24 hours before the most important election in our lifetime. Barack Obama wades into the murky waters of same sex marriage and California's toxic Proposition 8 that would rescind sex marriage in the nation's largest state.
In a weekend interview with MTV's Sway Calloway that airs today—watch the video—the Democratic presidential candidate reiterates his opposition to same sex marriage but reminds voters he believes the proposed amendment is divisive. "I’ve stated my opposition to this. I think it’s unnecessary."
"I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that’s not what America’s about," Obama says and adds, "Usually, our constitutions expand liberties, they don’t contract them."
Obama prefers civil unions, firmly stated he would oppose a federal constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and becomes the first presidential nominee to support repeal of the much-hated federal Defense of Marriage Act. On the other hand, the 1950s-inspired candidacies of John McCain and Sarah Palin are against marriage equality, expanding employment anti-discrimination laws and hate crimes, and, McCain supports the proposed marriage amendments in California and Arizona.
The 'one-man, one-woman' talking points are probably not what many of us want to hear. But it's a smart move to use Obama's popularity with young people and the hip hop generation to use MTV as a platform to speak against Proposition 8. Obama is stepping into a minefield by addressing this on the eve of the election and must believe he can sway some voters. Let's hope he can.
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