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Igor Bobic

Igor Bobic is the assistant editor of Talking Points Memo, helping oversee the site's coverage of politics and policy in Washington. While originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Igor feels best at home on the beaches of Southern California. He can be reached at igor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown responded today to President Obama's announcement supporting same-sex marriage by "promising to defeat Obama this November for abandoning marriage":

“President Obama has now made the definition of marriage a defining issue in the presidential contest, especially in swing states like Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida and Nevada,” Brown said. “Voters in all these states, and over two dozen more, have adopted state constitutional amendments defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. President Obama says that although he personally supports gay marriage, he still supports the concept of states deciding the issue on their own. However, that is completely disingenuous. His administration is already trying to dismantle the nation’s marriage laws by refusing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court. All the state marriage amendments and laws are at risk under a president who actively wants to change the definition of marriage. NOM will work ceaselessly in these swing states and across the nation to preserve traditional marriage because it is profoundly in the public good to do so. God is the author of marriage, and we will not let an activist politician like Barack Obama who is beholden to gay marriage activists for campaign financing to turn marriage into something political that can be redefined according to presidential whim. The definition of marriage was already headed for the ballot in four states this fall; now it will be one of the defining issues of the presidential election. No state in this country has every voted for gay marriage. Just yesterday North Carolina voters sent a clear message that America wants to preserve marriage. We intend to win the marriage debate this November.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement praising President Obama on his endorsement of same-sex marriage:

“Today marks progress for the civil rights of LGBT Americans and all Americans.  With President Obama’s support, we look forward to the day when all American families are treated equally in the eyes of the law.

 

“Republicans are standing on the wrong side of history.  Just yesterday, a Republican-backed amendment to ban same-sex marriage passed in North Carolina.  Here in the House, Republican leaders refuse to bring up a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act that includes critical domestic violence protections for the LGBT community, and they are using taxpayer funds to defend the indefensible Defense of Marriage Act in court.  These actions only serve to advance fundamental unfairness in our society.

 

“Throughout American history, we have worked to live up to our values of liberty and freedom, and to end discrimination in all of its forms.  Today, we took another step forward in our march toward equality.”

 

Speaking at an event in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, Mitt Romney commented on news of President Obama's personal support of gay marriage.

"I have the same view on marriage that I had when I was Governor," Romney said. "I believe that marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. I know other people have differing views. This a very tender and sensitive topic as are many social issues, but I have the same views I've had since running for office."

"If that's the case then you'll be able to make that determination on your own," Romney added, when asked if he would describe President Obama flip-flopped on the issue.

Here is video of Romney's short Q&A.

Vice President Joe Biden will be making an appearance on the popular gameshow 'Jeopardy!', according to Politico:

Vice President Joe Biden will be delivering one of the categories Wednesday night on a special "Jeopardy!" teen tournament.

"A car enthusiast, Vice President Biden will deliver clues about the history and importance of the automobile in America," the show said.

 

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins issued the following statement in response to President Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage:

"The President's announcement today that he supports legalizing same-sex marriage finally brings his words in sync with his actions. From opposing state marriage amendments to refusing to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DoMA) to giving taxpayer funded marriage benefits to same-sex couples, the President has undermined the spirit if not the letter of the law.

"As demonstrated by yesterday's overwhelming vote in North Carolina, redefining marriage remains outside the mainstream of American politics, especially in the critical battleground states and among minority voters. In North Carolina, the amendment received more than 60 percent of the vote in majority-black counties.

"Considering that ten of the sixteen battleground states have marriage amendments that could be overturned by the President's new policy position on marriage, today's announcement almost ensures that marriage will again be a major issue in the presidential election.

"The President has provided a clear contrast between him and his challenger Mitt Romney. Romney, who has signed a pledge to support a marriage protection amendment to the U.S. Constitution, may have been handed the key to social conservative support by President Obama."

In response to the news that President Obama endorsed gay marriage, and the subsequent Democratic call to arms of supporters by Nancy Pelosi, Mike Huckabee issued the following appeal to conservative supporters asking for funds:

Well, Mr. President it's going to rile up our folks also. Men and women who support traditional marriage.

Now I know you support traditional marriage, but what I really need to know today, is will you fight for it this election? If so, please send a donation of $10 or more to Huck PAC immediately. We only support candidates who support traditional marriage and who are pro-life. We'll make sure Congress and our state legislatures are stacked with conservatives who don't want our President and the federal government defining marriage for us.

I hope you will help us today. We are counting on it.

Speaking shortly after President Obama announced his endorsement of same-sex marriage, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith suggested that Republicans were on "the wrong side of history" when it comes to the issue.

"I am curious whether you believe in this time of rising debt and medical issues and all the rest, if Republicans would go out on a limb and try to make this a campaign issue while sitting very firmly without much question on the wrong side of history," he asked reporter Ed Henry.

 

 

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus released the following statement follwing news of Obama's gay marriage decision:

 

"While President Obama has played politics on this issue, the Republican Party and our presumptive nominee Mitt Romney have been clear. We support maintaining marriage between one man and one woman and would oppose any attempts to change that," said RNC Chairman

Reince Priebus.

Democrats are already using the news of President Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage as a method to rally supporters to their cause.

As Nancy Pelosi emails, on behalf of the DCCC:

Isn't it great? President Obama just announced that he supports marriage equality for all Americans.

He joins many of us who have long-supported marriage equality because of what it tells our country -- and the entire world -- that all of America’s families deserve the benefits of equal protection under the law.

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