Obama Endorses Marriage Equality — Three Times
President Obama on Thursday officially endorsed all three state referendums with the potential to affirm marriage equality at the ballot box this November.
In three separate yet similar statements, press secretaries for the Commander in Chief indicated the president's support for Washington's Referendum 74, Maine's Question 1, and Maryland's Question 6.
According to Paul Bell, press secretary for Obama's reeelection efforts in the Washington, "While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the president believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect. Washington's same-sex marriage law would treat all Washington couples equally, and that is why the President supports a vote to approve Referendum 74."
An almost identical statement released by Michael Czin, Obama's northeast press secretary, confirmed the president's support for Maine's Question 1, which would restore marriage equality to the state after a 2009 referendum blocked the legislature's enactment. Czin's statement on behalf of the President opened with the same first two sentences, then concluded by saying, "The president believes same-sex couples should be treated equally and supports Question 1."
In Maryland, voters are contemplating enacting the legislature's marriage equality law passed and signed by Governor Martin O'Malley earlier this year. At a campaign event in June, Obama personally endorsed marriage equality in the northeastern state.
"We're moving forward to a country where we treat everybody fairly and everybody equally, with dignity and respect," the President said in his speech, according to the Baltimore Sun. "And here in Maryland, thanks to the leadership of committed citizens and Governor O'Malley, you have a chance to reaffirm that principle in the voting booth in November. It's the right thing to do."
Back in April, Obama released a statement opposing the Minnesota marriage amendment, which would change the state's constitution to ban same-sex couples from marrying. Minnesota already has a state-level ban on same-sex marriage, but the proposed amendment would enshrine that discrimination in the state's constitution.