President Obama Endorses Gay Marriage

The evolution is over. President Obama has officially endorsed gay marriage (see video above). He says that civil unions are not sufficient and that gay marriage should be legal. In his own words:

I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.

I thought it was interesting that his endorsement was qualified by “for me personally.” As I said in my previous post, my hunch is that he’ll personally endorse gay marriage while advocating policies that don’t go much beyond what he’s already doing. He still has an election to win, and he needs to minimize the electoral damage that he’s doing to himself in places like North Carolina, Virginia, and perhaps even Ohio. That is why it’s not accidental that he says the matter should be left to the states. For a similar analysis from Chuck Todd, see the video below.

Make no mistake, however. If President Obama wins a second term, he will be free to advance gay marriage at the federal level without electoral consequence. I believe that he will do just that if he’s reelected.

2 Responses to President Obama Endorses Gay Marriage

  1. donsands May 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    “…members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together”

    What do they teach their children about having children? It’s quite amazing that something so incredibly absurd, as Homo-marriage is, is even being discussed. Truly the darkness in this world has become so very dark, when it says it is the light.

    What does this mean Biblically? And what does the Church say?

    I know it is very simple for me to stand on the truth of the Bible. This homosexual agenda is not difficult to refute from the Bible. Yet, Satan is a mastermind at “twisting”, isn’t he.

    It is mostly sad for all who embrace Barak’s stance, for these will surely stand before God’s holy wrath on that Day, unless they can see the heinous sin of fornication in this manner.

  2. Don Johnson May 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    By reverse engineering this, I think this means that the Obama campaign has concluded that this is a net win for his re-election chances. I think it has mostly been figured out that there are 11 states that might go either way, so there would be intense polling in those states on what might swing them one way or another.

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