Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Same-sex Marriage: Obama's Opinion Finally Completed Evolution

Obama & Biden: We're cool
Once his vice president took the bull by the horn and announced his opinion on marriage equality, it was clear that President Obama faced a very delicate dilemma - he would either agree with Joe Biden or sack him.

Joe Biden's public declaration of support for equality could have been a coup. It came as from a man who is suffocated but trying to keep the peace. Mr. Biden can wait no more; no matter the cost. So he bursted;

"Look, I am Vice President of the United States of America; the president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men marrying women are entitled tot he same exact rights: all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I dont see much of a distinction beyond that." 

Biden made it clear that he was not upstaging the president thus the clause: "the president sets the policy". This shows that while Biden is respectful of Obama's evolving opinion, he has to stand true to what he believes.

Perhaps, Obama wouldnt have declared his opinion today. In fact, he might have waited until after the election because a good number of his supporters, especially the African-Americans are hugely in disagreement. But there is now a stark naked convolution.

Once the Vice President has gone public with such opinion, it means one of two things;
  1. it is either the administration is imploding and there is disagreement on a very complex issue; or
  2. the administration is still one, agrees on issues as complex and superbly together. 
If the first assumption is right, then it means the Vice President will have to go; be sacked or resign for departing from the administration's line, procedure and/or belief.

If that is wrong and the second assumption is the right one, the President has to come out in support and endorse that line of action by agreeing with the Vice President to show the unity. This, as we have seen today is what the case is.

Joe Biden's action must have hastened Obama's declaration and once more bumped up the belief that an  American president is ready to uphold liberty.

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