President Barack Obama may be coming under increasing scrutiny for his increasingly ambiguous position on gay marriage, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg, while stating it would factor into his endorsement, declined to pile on during a press conference this afternoon.
“You’d have to ask the president, he’s going to decide what he believes and what he wants to do,” he said in response to BuzzFeed’s Rosie Gray asking him if he felt Mr. Obama should come out fully and support the issue. “I don’t think it’s any question about what I think is right.”
Mr. Bloomberg went on to point out that the current Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan, who previously worked in his administration, has also announced his support for gay marriage.
“The only member of my administration that is in the Obama administration has come out and said he is in favor of letting people love who they want to love, and live with who they want to live, and marry who they want to marry,” he said.
When another reporter asked Mr. Bloomberg if Mr. Obama’s position on the gay marriage, especially relative to his Republican rival Mitt Romney, would factor into his eventual endorsement in the race, he indicated that it would indeed affect his decision-making process.
“I think about abilities to run the country and part of that is what you stand for on social values and what of these so-called social issues you favor, don’t favor, would change, would strengthen, [or] whatever the case may be,” he said. “I think that’s all part of … what that leader brings to the party, and that’s what the voters have to decide on and what I will decide on.”
However, in a response to yet another reporter’s question, he said he is still quite some time away from making a decision.
Watch the exchange below: