White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today suggested opposition to same-sex marriage is discriminatory.
“Governor Romney is for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would enshrine discrimination into our founding legal document,” Carney said. “The President thinks that’s wrong.”
Carney was speaking in answer to a question about an Obama campaign video attacking Romney for his opposition to gay marriage. Romney has supported a Constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
Carney’s statement that banning same-sex marriage amounts to “discrimination” is shocking given that polls show half the country is against it and Obama himself was supposedly in opposition until recently. What’s more, Obama in his expression of support said he was “sensitive to the fact that for a lot of people, the word ‘marriage’ was something that evokes very powerful traditions, religious beliefs, and so forth.”
The Obama campaign has clearly decided to go for broke on the issue, using Obama’s newfound support for gay marriage as a campaign plank and a fundraising tool, despite the risks that Obama’s position could alienate many voters.
The campaign today not only posted the new video – which also says Romney is being discriminatory – but it sent out its second email solicitation in two days seeking to raise money off Obama’s announcement Wednesday that he now supports gay marriage.
Here’s a look at the video.