National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn said the president raised the issue of same-sex marriage because he cant run on his record.
“I don’t think it’s a flip-flop,” she said. “There’s no political calculus in it because it’s not smart. If he’s going to do it from a political point of view, it doesn’t make any sense.”
She said the decision was more personal, saying she’s seen this dynamic in California.
“You get to know more and more gay couples. You see the happiness. You see the economic security that marriage makes, and even more fundamentally, you see children who otherwise would not have an adopted home.”
“More and more people say, what’s wrong with people being happy?”
On ABC’s “This Week,” Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), the first openly gay Member of Congress, said he expected the president would openly support gay marriage. And given Obama’s past decisions on “don’t ask, don’t tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act, Frank said it’s unlikely the president’s announcement changed any voters’ minds.
Frank also did not oppose Obama’s decision not to nationalize the issue, leaving the power to regulate marriage with individual states.
Appearing with Frank, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) compared the White House’s handling of the situation, following Vice President Joseph Biden’s statement last weekend that he supports same-sex marriage, to a comedy routine. “It’s like an Abbott and Costello hit, ‘Who’s on first?’”
“I think what we’re waiting to see is if the Democrat Party is going to make this a part of their platform,” she said.
Asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" whether same-sex marriage will be a defining issue, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said he didn't think so, but that voters for whom gay marriage is their top issue now have two candidates with clearly different views.
But, Priebus said, "this election is still going to be about the economy and whether or not this president fulfilled the promises he made to the American people, which he clearly didn't."
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.