Sen. Mike Johanns said today that he believes President Obama made a political calculation in announcing during a television interview that he supports same-sex marriage.
Johanns, a Republican, said he disagrees with the stance Obama, a Democrat, took.
“What you’re seeing here is the political process at work,” Johanns told reporters today during a conference call. “I’m guessing they polled this every which way they could and he decided that he needed to come out and state the position he did and, so, that’s where we end up.”
Johanns said he supports the traditional view of marriage. Johanns pointed out that no matter what the president says, the Defense of Marriage Act remains the law of the land, defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
“That is the law of the country until changed,” Johanns said. “So, I think that’s very, very clear. If somebody wants to change that they can make an attempt to change it.”
The Defense of Marriage Act won approval in 1996. It also exempts states from recognizing same-sex marriages from other states.
AUDIO: Sen. Mike Johanns reacts to President Obama’s view on same-sex marriage. [3 min.]