Joe Scarborough attacked President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage on Friday's "Morning Joe," arguing that the president was "immoral" to leave same-sex marriage as a states' rights issue.
Obama said that he believed that same-sex couples had the right to marry on Wednesday. He became the first sitting president to announce his support for gay marriage, though it will have little practical impact.
On Friday, the MSNBC host said that Obama had merely taken the same position as himself, Ron Paul and other conservatives by leaving legalization up to states. He also called out the media for "celebrating" Obama for "saying absolutely nothing" about same-sex marriage.
"I think this is a shameful episode for the mainstream media who covered up for Barack Obama's hypocrisy all along saying 'I'm evolving on this issue,' to now making it even worse by claiming a statement that means absolutely nothing — I think the New York Times said it was a historic moment for gay marriage," Scarborough said. "It just wasn't, it was nothing."
Later in the show, contributor Eugene Robinson told Scarborough that he couldn't argue that Obama's statement was "unimportant." Scarborough vehemently disagreed.
"If you believe that gay marriage is a civil right protected by the US constitution, and I do not, but if you believe as Barack Obama and progressives who support Barack Obama and gay Barack Obama supporters who give him campaign money, believe that protected by the United States constitution, then you cannot assign it to governors in North Carolina and Alabama and North Dakota," he railed. "That is immoral."
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