Majority Leader Harry Reid says he not only backs marriage equality but also that the Senate might vote on a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act before the election. Reid followed President's Obama's announcement of support for same-sex marriage with the announcement of his own more nuanced position. Reid said that although he personally believes marriage remains between a man and a woman, the government shouldn't interfere with same-sex couples who want to marry.
Activists have been trying to keep Tony Perkins and his virulently antigay views off the airwaves, but when the leader of the Family Research Council went on MSNBC today he was met with a tougher opponent than usual — Rep. Barney Frank. Perkins made his usual rash of claims, including that kids are made gay because of immoral parenting, and that the purpose of marriage is to procreate. As a result, Perkins reluctantly admitted he doesn't believe same-sex couples should be allowed to adopt.
President Obama’s support on marriage reportedly spiked fund-raising for the reelection campaign.
In reaction to his support for same-sex marriage, Bristol Palin attacked President Obama's daughters as having watched "one too many episodes of Glee" while preaching about the proper role of a father to his family. Palin, who is a single mom, has endured a public struggle with the father of her own child, Levi Johnston. The pair split after being touted during the 2008 campaign as soon to be married when it was discovered Palin was pregnant with their son, Tripp.
It was just another day at the fabled Stonewall Inn. Then the president made that statement of support.
James Alesi, the first Republican state senator to announce his support for marriage equality in New York, will not seek reelection this fall.
Obama's announcement is the topic of the day.
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