At a press conference with congressional candidate Rory Lancman earlier today, we asked former Mayor Ed Koch about the timing of President Barack Obama’s announcement that he supports gay marriage, and whether he felt it was cynical at all. Mr. Koch is a prominent support of gay marriage, but he argued Mr. Obama’s decision was actually made in spite of the electoral politics rather than because of them.
“I don’t have any doubt that the statement by Vice President [Biden] on the subject matter precipitated his doing that,” Mr. Koch explained, noting he didn’t quite agree with the word “cynical” to describe it. “But I believe it’s totally representive of his thoughts.”
Some have speculated that Mr. Obama’s position could hurt him in swing states as he campaigns for reelection, and Mr. Koch seemed to agree with this line of thinking.
“I believe the president supports the concept of gay marriage and I have to commend him as it’s a matter of conscience because I don’t think it’s a winning issue for him,” he continued, pausing to repeat the line. “I congratulate, I commend him, for standing up on a matter of conscience even though it’s not a winning issue!”