While President Obama gave his personal backing to same-sex marriage last Wednesday, he stopped short of advocating marriage equality for the entire country, saying that the matter should be decided on a state-by-state basis.

“I continue to believe that this is an issue that is going to be worked out at a local level,” he told ABC’s Robin Roberts.

On Monday, Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), a long-serving congressman and civil rights icon, said that leaving the issue to states was a mistake. “If you consider this a civil right, and I do, I don’t think civil rights ought to be left up to a state-by-state approach,” he said during an appearance on MSNBC. “I think that we should have a national policy on this. State regulation is one thing, but the granting of the right to the states, I don’t think that’s a good policy and I have a problem…

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