Imagine that we had a white president in office and that we were talking about civil rights for blacks and not civil rights for gays and lesbians.
Imagine that that president was dragged kicking and screaming into the public arena to make a statement about how he felt about the issue of civil rights for blacks.
Imagine that that president said that he personally was in favor of equal civil rights for blacks but that he still supported the concept of states deciding the issue on their own.
How many of the liberals jumping up and down today claiming what a savior Obama is would be elated about what the other president did? Not very many, and the situation is analogous. We have a heterosexual president saying he favors equal rights (in this case, the right to marry) for gays and lesbians but that he supports the concept of states deciding the issue on their own.
If Obama really thought that gays and lesbians had the right to marry, he would not have said that states should decide the issue because that means that gays and lesbians do not have the right to marry. If Obama really thought that gays and lesbians had the right to marry, he would have said so and then added that he looks forward to the day when that is the law of the land.
We should recall that, in 1967, the Supreme Court stated that no state could prohibit inter-racial marriages because "marriage is one of the basic civil rights "of human beings.
Before too long, the Supreme Court will once again be asked to rule on the issue of "non-traditional" marriage, this time between members of the same sex. What will Obama's view be then?