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Obama announces support for gay marriage

May 9, 2012, 2:07 p.m. Updated May 10, 2012, 12:19 a.m.

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— On the fence no longer, President Barack Obama declared his unequivocal support for gay marriage on Wednesday, a historic announcement that gave the polarizing social issue a more prominent role in the 2012 race for the White House.

The announcement was the first by a sitting president, and Republican challenger Mitt Romney swiftly disagreed with it. “I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said while campaigning in Oklahoma.

Gay rights advocates cheered Obama’s declaration, which they had long urged him to make. Beyond the words, one man who married his gay partner in Washington, D.C., was stirred to send a $25 contribution to the president’s campaign. “Making a contribution is the best way to say thank you,” said Stuart Kopperman.

A personal position

Obama revealed his decision after a series of events that made clear the political ground was shifting. He once opposed gay marriage but more recently had said his views were “evolving.”

In an interview with ABC in which he blended the personal and the presidential, Obama said “it wouldn’t dawn” on his daughters, Sasha and Malia, that some of their friends’ parents would be treated differently than others. He said he also thought of aides “who are in incredibly committed monogamous same-sex relationships who are raising kids together.”

Obama added that he thought about “those soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf, and yet feel constrained even though now that ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is gone because they’re not able to commit themselves in a marriage.”

The president said he was taking a personal position. Aides said the president’s shift would have no impact on current policies and he continues to believe that marriage is an issue best decided by states.

“I have hesitated on gay marriage in part because I thought that civil unions would be sufficient,” Obama said in the interview. He added, “I was sensitive to the fact that for a lot of people the word ‘marriage’ was something that evokes very powerful traditions, religious beliefs and so forth.”

Now, he said, “it is important for me personally to go ahead and affirm that same-sex couples should be able to get married.”

He spoke on the heels of a pair of events that underscored the sensitivity of an issue that has long divided the nation.

Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview on Sunday that he is completely comfortable with gays marrying, a pronouncement that instantly raised the profile of the issue. White House aides insisted the vice president hadn’t said anything particularly newsworthy, but gay rights groups cited Biden’s comments in urging the president to announce his support.

On Tuesday, voters in North Carolina — a potential battleground in the fall election — approved an amendment to the state constitution affirming that marriage may only be a union of a man and a woman.

Additionally, several of the president’s biggest financial backers are gay, and some have prodded him publicly to declare his support for same-sex marriage.

Senior administration officials said Obama came to the conclusion that gay couples should have the right to legally marry earlier this year and had planned to make his views known publicly before the Democratic National Convention in early September. They conceded that Biden’s comments accelerated the timeline, but said the vice president’s remarks were impromptu and not part of a coordinated effort to soften the ground for a shift by the president. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal White House deliberations.

As recently as eight years ago, conservatives in several states maneuvered successfully to place questions relating to gay marriage on the election day ballot as a way of boosting turnout for President George W. Bush’s re-election.

Now, nationwide polling suggests increasing acceptance of gay marriage. In a national survey released earlier this month, Gallup reported 50 percent of those polled said it should be legal, and 48 percent were opposed. Democrats favored by a margin of roughly 2-1, while Republicans opposed it by an even bigger margin. Among independents, 57 percent expressed support, and 40 percent were opposed.

Political fallout

Whatever the polls, the political crosscurrents are tricky, and administration officials conceded as much.

Some top aides argued that gay marriage is toxic at the ballot box in competitive states like North Carolina and said the vote there this week shows that opposition to the issue is a rallying point for Republicans.

Shifting his emphasis, even briefly, could open Obama up to Republican criticism that he is taking his eye off the economy, voters’ No. 1 issue.

Yet some prominent gay donors have said publicly they wanted Obama to announce his support for gay marriage. Other Democratic supporters claim Obama’s decision could energize huge swaths of the party, including young people. He also could appeal to independent voters.

By day’s end Wednesday, the Obama campaign had emailed a clip of the interview and a personal statement from the president to its vast list of supporters, drawing attention to his stance.

The decision also creates an area of clear contrast between Obama and his Republican rival as he argues that he’s delivered on the change he promised four years ago.

Obama said he sometimes talks with college Republicans on his visits to campuses, and while they oppose his policies on the economy and foreign policy, “when it comes to same sex equality, or, you know, sexual orientation, that they believe in equality. They are more comfortable with it.”

Obama said first lady Michelle Obama also was involved in his decision and joins him in supporting gay marriage.

“In the end, the values that I care most deeply about and she cares most deeply about is how we treat other people,” he said.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 11 months ago

It's be "too bad" Joe Biden will be "canned" for spilling the beans a countless number of times.

Hillary will "seal" The First Gay President's win in November.

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jd 1 year, 11 months ago

Until Obama actually does something, his announcement supporting same sex marriage will have as much effect as Dick Cheney's support of it.

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Chris Golledge 1 year, 11 months ago

Noticed some Christian faith proponents being all about 'traditional marriage'. Happened to come across other 'traditional' marriage definitions, and wondering if these people who use Christianity as an excuse for their prejudices would find these other ways to get married compatible with their beliefs.

http://www.upworthy.com/the-top-8-ways-to-be-traditionally-married-according-to-the-bible?g=3

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 11 months ago

What?! "Sheikh" and "Barack" are at odds?

Doesn't "Sheikh" know that "Barack" IS god? "He has risen"!!

**Sheikh Mohammed Khalifa accused President Obama of playing god by legalizing what "God Himself objects".

“Simply because he has risen to be the President of a super power does not mean he can now start acting as God. He is nothing in the eyes of God and his plans will not succeed just like those who preceded him in such plans,” said Sheikh Khalifa.

He further accused the Kenya Human Rights Commission of propagating western values at the expense of religion by propagating for same sex marriages and abortion**

http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Kenyan+muslim+clerics+fault+Obama+on+gay+marriage/-/1056/1404426/-/8boaew/-/

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purplesage 1 year, 11 months ago

The man has got to go in the next election. If other egregious offenses haven't been enough, this will surely put it over the edge. If it does not, this nation deserves exactly what it chooses as leadership - as well as the consequences of that choice.

Isaiah 5:20 comes to mind: "Woe to them that call evil good and good evil; that put darkness for light and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter."

This "new" position announced by VP Biden and followed by Pres. Obama leaves the whole moral fiber of America in great tension. There has never been a society which formally condoned homosexuality by extending the privileges, even in the minds of some, the sacrament of marriage to include homosexual / lesbian couples.

If there is not another reason for Catholics and Evangelicals to up thier level of acceptance of a Mormon candidate this is it. Voters of traditional moral persuasions must rally to the support of a candidate whose stance on issues of life and marriage ate the opposite are the opposite of Obama/Biden. To our African American friends, you must put moral issues ahead of race.

I hope and pray that the Obama / Biden positions undo only the Democrat party and not all of America. .

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Christine Anderson 1 year, 11 months ago

I know gay people who treat their significant others better than some straight ones do. So who am I to tell them they cannot marry and share their lives. I can't; I have to let God be God, and stop trying to impersonate HIm.

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Jason Bowers-Chaika 1 year, 11 months ago

Christianity used to have same sex weddings in the church with full blessing of the priests. The statement that one man one women marriage is and always was the only recognized union is completely false.

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BornAgainAmerican 1 year, 11 months ago

Funny how Democrats "evolve" when they change their minds and Republicans "flip flop" when they change their minds.

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tbaker 1 year, 11 months ago

Both sides of this debate deserve equal respect. Marriage between a man and a woman has been the backbone of western civilization for thousands of years, and government should butt the hell out of relationships between concenting adults who are otherwise are harming no one.

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observant 1 year, 11 months ago

See right wing nutcases came out in full rant. 255 comments and count climbing.

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gudpoynt 1 year, 11 months ago

Couple of constitutional questions for anybody:

So we all know the bit about how "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." in the 1st amendment.

=== #1 Regarding the "prohibiting the free exercise thereof" === Suppose you are a gay person who adheres to a religious belief that you should refrain from intercourse until marriage, as well as refrain from all promiscuity. However, being gay, you do not believe that marriage, in the eyes of God, is restricted to only heterosexual relationships.

So, if your state has an amendment that prevents you from getting married to the one you love, and your religion is preventing you from having sex until you are married, isn't that the like the state saying that you cannot have sex unless you either go against the tenets of your religion, or go against your sexual identity? And isn't that a pretty clear obstruction to your pursuit of happiness?

=== #2 Regarding the "make no law respecting an establishment of religion" === If it can be adequately shown that "marriage is strictly between a man and a woman" refers overwhelmingly to Judeo-Christian religious texts and beliefs, then isn't the passage of an amendment that enforces that belief a law that is "respecting the of [Judeo-Christian] religion"?

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tomatogrower 1 year, 11 months ago

I have heard that some people agree with "civil unions" for gays. Did you know that your marriage license is a civil union, the government is not a religion. When you sign the license you are entering into a contract with another person that creates a financial and familial partnership. What you do to make your marriage binding by your religion is up to you, once you get that license.

A long time ago, the church decided who was legally married and governments had nothing to do with it. But then people got upset, because their son or daughter ran off and married for love, instead of abiding by the arranged marriage, so they asked the governments to take over licensing marriages. The United States government has no right to deny two consenting adults a marriage license. If they do, it is being run by how Christianity defines marriage, thus denying the rights of people who belong to a religion that allows gay marriage. If your religion doesn't like gay marriage, make sure your pastor doesn't perform them, and that you don't allow membership of gay people. Pastors have never been forced to perform a marriage ceremony, for example, a priest would never perform a wedding mass for 2 Jewish people. And you can always be married by a judge. Your religious believes do not legally trump mine.

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booyalab 1 year, 11 months ago

Great. So make an amendment already. You know you want to.

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gudpoynt 1 year, 11 months ago

Being yourself is important.

Not being discriminated against because of who you are is important.

Being legally denied the right to marry the one you love, since forever, is pretty important.

Having the leader of the country publicly tell the citizens that he and his administration acknowledge that such legal denials are wrong -- something that millions of Americans have been waiting for over a generation have been waiting to hear -- yeah... that's a pretty big deal.

Yes, being gay IS important alright. Just as important as being straight.

Love how you're trying to trivialize it though, Mr. Math. It makes you look so... oh what's the word... pathetic?

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its_just_math 1 year, 11 months ago

its_just_math(anonymous) says…

Any takers on thread count total? I'm saying this one will approach 500. Some things are just more important to some than they are to others.

May god bless.

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vertigo(Jesse Crittenden)replies…

No more than 250... it's already dying.

May 9, 2012 at 11:22 p.m.( permalink | reply suggest removal


Dying? Really? Little over 12 hrs later and halfway there...up from app. 170 when I predicted it.

Being gay is important!

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 11 months ago

Now is the time for all of the elite, rich liberals we always hear so much about to step up and give money to Obama's campaign and superpac.

Elections are all about money, whether we like it or not.

Obama is not perfect, but he is miles ahead of the alternative.

Give early, give often, rich elite liberals!

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Glenn Reed 1 year, 11 months ago

Seems like this is hardly something to be complaining about, unless someone's got word that the issue is going to be decided by the federal government. rather that state governments.

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gudpoynt 1 year, 11 months ago

I don't really buy that Obama made this announcement as a result of Biden.

Hasn't Biden made a whole bunch of comments that Obama and crew have distanced themselves from?

N.C. is a key swing state for Obama. So why on Earth would it be good strategy to come out the very day after they pass their "No Gay Marriage" amendment -- a whole freakin amendment mind you, not just a law -- and basically say, "I feel they made a mistake"?

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 11 months ago

And the Democrats are holding their convention this year in a state that just voted down same sex marriage......

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firebird27 1 year, 11 months ago

I want to be neutral in asking this question. If gay marriage becomes legal, I assume that legally gay couples will have equal access to adopting children as to non-gays. Perhaps gays have this equality already. If not, that means the gender of a parent makes no difference when adopting. Forget the issue of pedophilia, because the authorities will prevent pedophiles in any case. But this may mean two gay men can adopt a girl or two gay women can adopt a boy with the same equality of heterosexual parents. Does a parent's gender make any difference in raising a child? Does a daughter really need a mother or does a son really need a father, and the same question can be posed in reverse, daughter/father or son/mother?

I pose this situation, because by legalizing marriage, I cannot imagin there will not be equal footing when it comes to adopting children. Just a thought.

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Jayhawk1958 1 year, 11 months ago

People are going to do what they want to anyway, so why not allow them to marry?

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 11 months ago

Does this mean the Mope will start thinking about the economy and the fact that the Democrat controlled Senate hasn't passed a budget in more than 3 years?

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 11 months ago

Money talks. Give as much money as possible to Obama's campaign, and then give to his superpac.

Like it or not, money is what determines elections.

Give early, give often.

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BeeBee3 1 year, 11 months ago

Do you remember the problems during the previous administration? Homelessness.. health care..an economy in struggle because of a dragging war.. etc. The issue of EQUALITY for EVERYONE wasn't talked about then because that administration didn't give a crap. (Republicans: We love you in the womb, but once you are born- screw you!) Now we have an administration who DOES give a crap. And, frankly, that is exciting. Let me guess... you are a white male? The beauty of this country is when we give the MINORITY a voice for once. I am gay and a woman and that is two strikes against me (not in my eyes, though). And by the way- how's the "weather"? Liked your "coments" and "could care less" suggests that you care. So, good! Apparently you were a victim of that "piss poor education". I love that I am "shoving my lifestyle down your throat" by wanting the same rights as everyone else. If that is the case.. guess what? I will not quit "shoving" until I wed my girlfriend.

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jaywalker 1 year, 11 months ago

Gotta say, that was a huge, ballsy, and unexpected move by the President!

I love it!!!!!!! Enough's enough, and for once a politician said "To Hell w/ the election - it's simply the RIGHT thing to do!"

Way to go, Mr. President.!

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Chris Golledge 1 year, 11 months ago

“I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman,”

Apparently Mr Romney also believes it is appropriate for people with one set of personal beliefs to use the government to enforce their beliefs on others.

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catfishturkeyhunter 1 year, 11 months ago

It amazes me how many coments this thread has gotten on a topic that should be for the most part irrelevent when it comes to the serious issues staring this country in the face. Here we have an economy in the toilet, jobless people, homeless people, people with out health care, piss poor education, not enough funding for education, people starving, people fighting and dying in winless wars, crooked politicians, and a government that doesn't work together from the lowest local city government to the highest branches in the land. No one wants to get all up in arms and coment and complain about those isssue, but man sure seems like everyone is worried sick about weather gay people have a right to get married or not. Thats kind of alarming to me. Personally, I could care less about what gay people do long as they keep it to themselves and don't shove their lifestyle down my throat. My problem is we got more important things to worry about than weather or not gay people have the right to be married or not.

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Gotland 1 year, 11 months ago

The problem is not that out government favors heterosexual marriage over gay marriage. The problem is our government favors married people. Marriage should be purely religious.

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jonas_opines 1 year, 11 months ago

Good for him, actually taking at least a verbal stand in an election year.

Not really very risky, though. Odds are very few people he could potentially alienate at this late a day with this stance were going to vote for him anyway.

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its_just_math 1 year, 11 months ago

Remember, Obama will be much more "flexible" if he's re-elected. He can change his mind on lotsa stuff after November if he wins a second term.

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rtwngr 1 year, 11 months ago

I predict a Republican sweep in the elections this fall. The GOP will control both houses of congress as well as the White House. We're going to show you some hope and change.

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commonsenseanyone 1 year, 11 months ago

There is only an estimated 4 million gays and lesbians out of 313 million Americans. Can we please talk about something that effects us all like the economy? This guy would do anything to change the topics that are ruining him. For instance, he's still politicizing the death of bin laden!

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Jason Bowers-Chaika 1 year, 11 months ago

It will be a fine day when marriage equality is finally settled and available to all. Then the churches can get back to the business of feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and healing the sick. You know, that stuff in that book they hold up when they're screaming at gay people.

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Roland Gunslinger 1 year, 11 months ago

Claiming that someone else's marriage is against your religion is like being angry at a stranger for eating a donut because you're on a diet.

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Oread420 1 year, 11 months ago

Gays getting married is a joke! They can't make kids

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its_just_math 1 year, 11 months ago

Any takers on thread count total? I'm saying this one will approach 500. Some things are just more important to some than they are to others.

May god bless.

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overplayedhistory 1 year, 11 months ago

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overplayedhistory 1 year, 11 months ago

Geez LJW, the Vice prez can drop the F bomb, but when I make a joke about it and drop the F bomb with letters * out, you remove it. Lighten up! What, had I *out the I and the N would you have still pulled it? Guess I should of stuck to the old stand by "Effing".
Is effing or F bomb ok, or is this getting pulled to? Maybe you can get back to me just where the line is or I can do a series of post and see which ones get pulled. Thanks for so tasteful monitoring of these boards.

PS: could we get more polls and on the street questions? I don't think there are enough. Is sarcasm still ok, I was assuming it is.

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Scott Morgan 1 year, 11 months ago

Obama a leader or public relations salesman?

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Joe Hyde 1 year, 11 months ago

The Kansas legislature and Gov. Brownback should immediately embrace (if you will permit) same-sex marriage. They spend so much mental energy and our tax dollars trying various ways to stamp out abortion. Well, in a same-sex marriage two people of the same sex can't conceive a...

Oh, never mind; this line of thinking would require them to use logic.

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Liberty275 1 year, 11 months ago

I'm not against allowing homosexuals to marry, but I won't help the cause until the groups currently wanting to change laws regarding marriage begin advocating or at least stating they recognize polygamy as another viable option as well. When they care about all people that want to marry and not just a subset, I'll get on board.

If we can rearrange the laws to accommodate differing sexual preferences, we should also eliminate limitations on the number of spouses in a marriage. The standard disclaimer applies, all parties must be willing and able to consent.

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Benjamin Roberts 1 year, 11 months ago

What is the big deal? Obama has stated that he would "favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/13/obama-once-supported-same_n_157656.html

His position changes every few years. I wonder why he does that?

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James Minor 1 year, 11 months ago

It is good to read that the President has taken a position on Gay Marriage. God asks us to enjoy our lives as that is one of the many giftshe has given to us. When we are able to share the love and caring with another person, is an even greater gift. No one has the right to prevent someone from sharing that gift especially when it involves their sexuality. What America and this world needs is more people sharing and caring, not those who pass judgement, hatred, and discrimination!!!!

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toe 1 year, 11 months ago

Who cares what the Federal government says. This is simply no government issue at all at any level. The right to marry is a natural right. Preferences in taxes for marriage should be eliminated. Religions can choose sinners and saints. Less government is better for all.

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BornAgainAmerican 1 year, 11 months ago

Not only is Obama "flexible", but he is also "evolving". Has the worm turned yet again? Oh, it must be election year and our Panderer in Chief will need every single vote he can muster. How many broken promises from 2008? Hard to believe the hard left will go to the polls and fall for the very same schtick again. You better be very sure this Presidenet says what he means and means what he says. Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me. Think about it.

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gphawk89 1 year, 11 months ago

It doesn't matter whether he's really for or against it at heart. I'm sure the administration did some careful calculations and determined he'd get more votes by appeasing the LGTB's and potentially alienating those against gay marriage than vice versa. It's all about votes, nothing more.

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nugget 1 year, 11 months ago

OMG. Divorcing my wife and going out for gay sex tonight and a possible long-term relationship with some man... or so that religious bible thumping right thinks.

Not.

Equal rights. People want LGTB folks to die for them in battle but not willing to extend basic rights to them. Oy, yes, while we're at it, gays can also get to enjoy the ultimate life experience: divoce. LOL.

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kansasredlegs 1 year, 11 months ago

Election year antics. Now get back in the pasture Sheeple! Once again, a nonissue used to direct attention away from the country's problems. You know, failed financial institutions, high unemployment, infrastructure decay, wars, overbearing tax demands, government waste, etc.

No by God, we're gonna talk marriage. Unless this country gets real leaders from somewhere, heck at this point, imported, foreign leaders might actually do better, the 200+ year democratic experiment we've embraced in this country certainly won't last another 100.

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Pastor_Bedtime 1 year, 11 months ago

I love that this rankles the Christian supremacists on the board and in my party. Bet they haven't even heard of the Log Cabin Republicans.

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phoggyjay 1 year, 11 months ago

This is great news! Now, if we can get him to support legalizing cannabis... most popular president ever?

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omnedon 1 year, 11 months ago

Freddie and his Picketeers must be fit to be tied after this announcement...

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gsxr600 1 year, 11 months ago

If you don't like gay marriage, blame the straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

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sho_tyme21 1 year, 11 months ago

The best thing I have heard about "Gay" marriage is this:

If you don't like "Gay" marriage don't get one

I am a right wing nut job, (as my fiance calls me, she is a leftie commie, as i call her) and I support Same Sex Marriage as I call it.

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Lateralis 1 year, 11 months ago

Romney = Obama on all Gay issues. You're in double trouble.

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its_just_math 1 year, 11 months ago

This is going to spark alot of painful intercourse.

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johndeere 1 year, 11 months ago

Marriage is to be between a Man and a Woman, plain and simple. You can have heterosexual marriages or gay marriages that end in divorce, both are against God's divine plan. All of us will one day stand before God in judgement of our actions. Those that believe gay marriages are fine if the individuals love one another, are wrong and will be judged. This Presidential position he is taking just further hastens the pace at which our country is loosing it's moral compass. It's all about garnering votes by this man

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kansanjayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

Gay marriage is a complete abomination to American traditions and the Judeo/Christian foundation of the Republic. Any kind of immorality that is based upon sexual choices that we make should not be the basis of Special Rights.

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Lateralis 1 year, 11 months ago

Federal supremacy = oppression

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biggunz 1 year, 11 months ago

If he thinks it'll help him get re-elected, he'll say anything. Why didn't he state this before? He's trying to save his own *ss.

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Jean Robart 1 year, 11 months ago

I wouldn't have voted for Obama under any circumstances, but this is just another nail in his electoral coffin.

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 11 months ago

Just yesterday, North Carolina became the 31st state to add an amendment on marriage to its constitution, with voters banning same-sex marriage. Doesn't it seem hypocritical that the 2012 Democratic national convention will be held in Charlotte, NC?

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tbaker 1 year, 11 months ago

Gutsy move in a tough election year. I would imagine if given a choice, he would have preferred to make his personal feelings known on this topic at a different time. I don’t think his foot-in-mouth VP gave him much of a choice though.

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Lateralis 1 year, 11 months ago

It's about damn time. It's too bad he didn't have the guts to do it much earlier. He's been in support of it for a long time. It's just like his "flexible" position on the missile defense system in Europe. After he's elected he can be a man and actually say what he feels not skirt the issue to get elected. Congrats to the LGBT community I know they're excited.

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 11 months ago

Biden got him in a pickle again. He did the only thing he could do which means he does not have to do anything except lie about his support for votes and campaign money.

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DillonBarnes 1 year, 11 months ago

I'm glad to hear him say this, but I don't want to overstate its significance.

It reached a point where cost of being ambivalent on the issue no longer outweighed stating this opinion (which I believe is his true opinion). It's about votes, he was trying to stay centered but it would have ended up costing him too many votes.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 11 months ago

....but is he "lying"? He said he would "close GITMO"...

but he said it was a "personal belief".... believing men and women can pair up. So..... maybe I "believe" him since he has had a "composite girlfriend". Anyone that can "believe" in "composite girlfriends" can "believe" in "gay marriage".

My only question is the "definitions" used to identify celebrations. Is "gay marriage" for men and women? Or will there need to be further definitions to define celebrations of men/men, women/women? Like Bearaige for men and Lezeraige for women?

Thanks for your alls participation.

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overplayedhistory 1 year, 11 months ago

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irvan moore 1 year, 11 months ago

why would anybody possibly care who gets married to who (or whom if that's the proper way to say it)

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grammaddy 1 year, 11 months ago

In ten years,my grandkids will be laughing at us and wondering why this was ever an issue to begin with. Equality for all!! Much the way I laughed at my parents for bi-racial marriage ever being an issue.

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 11 months ago

Pink smoke is rising from White House chimney. Obama may have just lost the black vote so many thanks to Joe Biden.

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Bridgett Wagner 1 year, 11 months ago

That's right! Gay folks should be free to get married and be miserable just like us straight folks! Woo hoo!

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Lane Signal 1 year, 11 months ago

I hope this is a sign that the Obama administration will no longer try to compromise with the radical right on matters of principle. The Republican party and the radical right has always, I think, seen this kind of compromise as a sign of weakness on the part of the current administration. Any move to the center by the President has just been seen as an invitation to move further right and paint the President as more of a radical leftist.

I would call this announcement a good start.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 11 months ago

The Fence-Sitter in Chief stops voting "present" for once.

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jafs 1 year, 11 months ago

Great!

Now let's see how it translates to policies.

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obamasocks 1 year, 11 months ago

He's "for it" in what way? Does this mean he thinks it should be allowed at a federal level or its still up to states to decide?

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grammaddy 1 year, 11 months ago

And what better person to come "out" to than Robin Roberts.The way the GOP is alienating folks, his re-election should be a shoe-in.

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0day 1 year, 11 months ago

Let the discourse begin. This country is going down the toilet.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 11 months ago

Who is not for a "gay marriage"? I have "never" heard of, or even want to hear of a "sad marriage".

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asixbury 1 year, 11 months ago

Way to go Obama! Finally, something I can again be proud of in this country!

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JayhawksandHerd 1 year, 11 months ago

Thank you for doing the right thing, Mr. President.

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