The White House released a statement about R-71 in Washington and Question 1 in Maine (FYI, they had to be nudged by the Advocate to do this. Yay for the new management over there, and yay for Kerry Eleveld):
"The President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same-sex couples, and as he said at the Human Rights Campaign dinner, he believes 'strongly in stopping laws designed to take rights away.' Also at the dinner, he said he supports, 'ensuring that committed gay couples have the same rights and responsibilities afforded to any married couple in this country.'"
Say what you want, that Obama hasn't helped out, that he hasn't donated money to these campaigns, that his "God is in the mix" statements haven't helped, that California's Yes Campaign used his statements better than the No Campaign. This statement can be used for our benefit, and, after the Prop 8 fight in California, we should have already known exactly how much this guy was going to do to help.