The morning after Federal Judge Vaughn Walker issued his ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional, the Mercury News editorial board declared, “Facts triumph over bigotry in Prop 8 ruling.” That same evening, ABC News ran portions of an interview with President Obama where he expressed his opposition to same-sex marriage.
Does this mean, that in the eyes of the Mercury News and others, that President Obama (and anyone who shares a similar opinion on same-sex marriage) is a a bigot?
From the Mercury News: “The ruling provides a measure of hope that as the case mends its way to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and, ultimately, the Supreme Court, facts will continue to win out over bigotry.”
What do the words “bigot” and “bigotry” mean anyway? Websters defines a bigot as, “one obstinately and intolerantly devoted to his own church, party, belief, or opinion.”
While appearing on MSNBC, White House senior adviser David Axelrod said that, “The President does oppose same-sex marriage, but he supports equality for gay and lesbian couples, and benefits, and other issues…”
So, if you share President Obama’s opinion on the subject, are you a bigot? Is he?