Gary Johnson announces support for same-sex marriage

Today Gary John­son, GOP can­di­date for Pres­i­dent in 2012, announced that he is [updat­ing his posi­tion on same-sex mar­riages ver­sus civ­il unions](http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/governor-gary-johnson-announces-support-for-gay-marriage). I sup­port the legal­iza­tion of same-sex mar­riage in my own state so over­all I’m pleased to hear this announce­ment. I am also a lit­tle con­cerned about the lan­guage Gov John­son used when he said that mar­riage should be up to indi­vid­u­als rather than the states.

I’d like to see the Defense of Mar­riage Act (DOMA) go away and I would like to see the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment rec­og­nize for tax and oth­er legal pur­pos­es any mar­riage that was legal in the state in which it was per­formed. But I’d like state leg­is­la­tures or the peo­ple of each state to make that call. If a state does not wish to issue mar­riage licens­es to same-sex cou­ples, I don’t think the Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment ought dic­tate that they do. That seems almost as bad as DOMA.