Mike Sullivan, the guy who claims to be proud to be a Republican and who has aggressively staked out much more socially conservative positions than his primary opponents Dan Winslow and Gabriel Gomez, confused just about everybody today. First, he reiterated (no surprise) that he is “a traditionalist when it comes to the definition of marriage.” But then, later in the day, he released a statement as follows:
“I believe DOMA should be reversed and the federal government should respect those states that recognize gay marriage by providing those couples with the same level of benefits,” Sullivan said in the statement, referring to the federal Defense of Marriage Act that bars federal recognition of same-sex unions.
Uh, OK … so you oppose same-sex marriage, but you think the federal government should give legally-married gay couples the same benefits that straight couples get.
Yeah, I’m confused. I’m trying to work out how this is some sort of states-rights-trump-everything sort of position, but that breaks down pretty fast if you think it through. Plus, that wouldn’t make much sense coming from a guy whose biggest résumé items are federal government jobs (US Attorney and acting head of ATF) – it’s not like he’s some kind of federal power skeptic. So, I’m just confused.