Thursday, May 10, 2012

Obama Makes a Stand for Same Sex Marriage

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I don't think Obama speaking out will make such a huge difference in the scheme of things, but it will certainly make for a more interesting time as the election campaigns heat up.

"I had hesitated on gay marriage in part because I thought that civil unions would be sufficient. I was sensitive to the fact that for a lot of people, the word marriage was something that invokes very powerful traditions and religious beliefs. 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."

On how Michelle feels on the Issue;
"This is something that, you know, we’ve talked about over the years and she feels the same way that I do. And that is that, in the end the values that I care most deeply about and she cares most deeply about is how we treat other people. We are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others but, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule; treat others the way you would want to be treated. And I think that’s what we try to impart to our kids and that’s what motivates me as president and I figure the most consistent I can be in being true to those precepts, the better I’ll be as a dad and a husband and, hopefully, the better I’ll be as president."

On how he came to the decision to take a stand;
"It's interesting, some of this is also generational," the president continued. "You know when I go to college campuses, sometimes I talk to college Republicans who think that I have terrible policies on the economy, on foreign policy, but are very clear that when it comes to same-sex equality or, you know, sexual orientation, that they believe in equality. They are much more comfortable with it. You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we're talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn't dawn on them that somehow their friends' parents would be treated differently. It doesn't make sense to them and, frankly, that's the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective." Source


  1. in...hmmmmmm

  2. Man...This is definitely going to affect his contesting in the coming elections. If only there had been a way to steer clear of the topic.
    Now he may have aired his opinion but it may not be the best!

  3. sting d madame- it's a matter of cashMay 10, 2012 3:40 AM

    I love Obama. Anyone who stands for equality and fairness is alright in my book. Same sex people want to marry, let them! It's not like straight couples respect marriage these days anyway. The divorce rate is still 50%, plus it is increasing in Nigeria. You have people aka ms. Kardashian getting divorced after 72 days. I don't see the big deal.

    Anyway who wants to marry should be allowed to marry. Anyone with a religious argument about the sanctity of marriage should please save it.

  4. I guess he is trying to get the vote of the LGBT community...all the best to him and I hope he does not get ousted like Sarkozy.

  5. Hmmm... what politics and power can turn a man's belieft into...
    Of course, for any decisions we make in life, there are more than one-million ways to make it sound convincing to the hearers....

    - LDP

  6. Ok. Trying to distinguish himself from Romney. I get that part. But I still do not get how you can identify as Christian and supporter of LGBT :-/

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    1. Looking forward to seeing how this plays out in the next few months. Myne thanks for stopping by my blog.

  8. How fast America as a nation is fast losing her once-upon-a-time Godly values. This's unarguably the height of the nose-dive of US into an abyss of 'ungodliness.' So terrible!!!


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