The Obama administration’s strident criticism of Indiana and Arkansas over passing Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) legislation rings hollow when President Barack Obama’s own record on same-sex marriage is taken into account, according to The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday, “I do think that, in the mind of the president, the thought that we would have state legislatures in the 21st century in the United States of America passing laws that would use religion to try to justify discriminating against people because of who they love, is unthinkable.”
Cillizza wrote in the Post, “Earnest and the White House might want to dismount that high horse very carefully, given the president’s long, slow and very political evolution on gay marriage.”
In fact, Cillizza and others note, Obama’s quick-change on gay marriage occurred at the same time public opinion changed, and seemed to smack more of political expediency than genuinely held personal belief.
Obama, Cillizza notes, came out strongly against same-sex marriage when running for president in 2008, telling the Rev. Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian — for me — for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.”