6/25/2011

Obama's "evolving" positions on homosexual marriage

Here is a WSJ story on how Obama promised to oppose homosexual marriage during the 2008 campaign. Now his position has "evolved." I am linking this in part because I assume that for someone else who changed their position would be given a lot more grief. Suppose that someone had gone the other way on this promise. Or suppose that it was someone other than Obama. Now Obama makes a statement on same sex marriage without using the term "marriage" but doing so in a way that makes those in this heavily same sex audience believe that he has changed his position.

"I believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as everybody else in this country," Mr. Obama said Thursday night at a campaign fund-raiser with gay and lesbian supporters, saying nonetheless the issue was best left for states to decide. "Slowly but surely we find the way forward. That's how we will achieve change that is lasting."

The president's position on gay marriage has been murky throughout his political rise. When he was running for the Illinois state Senate in 1996, he signed a questionnaire saying he supports gay marriage.

In the 2008 election, he supported civil unions and domestic-partnership rights, but said marriage should be between a man and a woman. He has also said the decision to legalize gay marriage should be left up to the states.

The president stuck with that position until last fall when he said he struggled with the gay-marriage issue and that his views were "evolving."

Mr. Obama's top aides spent the days leading up to Thursday's event discussing how he should approach the same-sex marriage issue when he addressed about 600 guests, who paid up to $35,800 a ticket. It was the first gay and lesbian gala for the president, who has been a subject of frustration for gay and lesbian activists. . . .

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Blogger Chas said...

Markie Marxist sez: "See what happened in New York?! Our commie constituents, like gays, get whatever they want, no matter how outlandish, while gun owners don't even get what they're legally entitled to under the Constitution! That's Marxist justice for you! People on our side do well; people who oppose us, not so much, at all. Do we commies own this country or what? Next on the agenda in New York: more onerous gun control laws to abuse the law-abiding and marriage equality for pedophiles! Ha! Ha! Are we bringing this country down or what?"

6/25/2011 1:14 PM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

"I believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as everybody else in this country,"

Barack Obama

Hmmmmm, interesting.

This is coming from a so called Constitutional Law expert? Bi, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgendered people have the exact same rights as everyone else does, which is to say that a man can marry a woman, and vice versa. This is in line with the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

The Balkanization of individual rights based upon race, color, or sexual orientation is expressly prohibited by the 14th Amendment.

I do realize that in the past, Democrats worked very hard to gut the 14th Amendment to disenfranchise former slaves and their descendents (Sotomayor's reliance on this SCOTUS precedence is highly disturbing). Now the Democrats are trying it again to acheive the opposite goal.

Well, at least Dems are consistent in their willingness to ignore the Constitution if it benefits their party at the cost of our individual rights as Americans.

6/27/2011 1:29 PM  

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