Same Sex Marriage:
Obama Dances the "Personally Believes" Tango
Obama For Same Sex Marriage Before He Was Against It
Does Barack Obama support same sex marriage?
Depends on who's doing the asking.
The Mainstream Media is reporting--when forced to ask--that Barack Obama opposes same sex marriage.
- CNN: "Opposes same-sex marriage, but also opposes a constitutional ban."
- Obama ties same-sex issues
to Jesus' Sermon on Mount
"I will tell you that I don't believe in gay marriage, but I do think that people who are gay and lesbian should be treated with dignity and respect and that the state should not discriminate against them."
Obama waffles about on the issue, insisting that he personally opposes--as do the vast majority of Americans--same sex marriage. But when it comes time to state that unequivocally, he fudges about.
Perhaps because he in his first Illinois senate race, he is listed by a Chicago gay-lesbian publication as "supports same sex marriage". Obama's stand on same sex marriage was one reason he got the endorsement of Outlines, a Chicago-based gay paper that merged with the Windy City Times in 2000.
Like so many issues, once Obama has had to appeal for votes of a wider slice of America, his views have changed--at least publicly--180 degrees.
Barack Obama's views on the matter of same sex marriage. The Candidates on Gay Marriage
Obama says that he personally believes that "marriage is between a man and a woman" but also says that "equality is a moral imperative" for gay and lesbian Americans. He advocates the complete repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) because "federal law should not discriminate in any way against gay and lesbian couples, which is precisely what DOMA does." He supports granting civil unions for gay couples, and in 2006 he opposed a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. In March 2007, Obama initially avoided answering questions about a controversial statement by a U.S. general that "homosexual acts" are "immoral," but Obama later told CNN's Larry King, "I don't think that homosexuals are immoral any more than I think heterosexuals are immoral."John McCain's views on the mattter.
McCain says marriage should be between a man and a woman and should be regulated by the states. He opposed a federal constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage because "it usurps from the states a fundamental authority they have always possessed." McCain endorsed a 2006 Arizona ballot initiative to limit marriage to be between a man and a woman and said, "I'm proud to have led an effort in my home state to change our state constitution and to protect the sanctity of marriage as between a man and woman." He also supported the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which banned federal recognition of gay marriage and domestic partnerships. He supports the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and says that to "even reopen the issue" would be a "terrific mistake."
Gay and lesbian groups are going saying that discussion of the issue amounts to "fearmongering".
Bilerico Project: Barack Obama supported same-sex marriage in 1996?
"Since we don't have the original questionnaire results, this might have been a response taken out of context that the right is using to fear monger and pick up votes. Obama's been consistent in his opposition to same-sex marriage."
We don't know about all of that. Americans have a right to know where candidates stand on various issues.
Our biggest fear is an uninformed electorate. If Obama is for same sex marriage, that's his right.
A great majority of Americans will disagree with Obama on this point, however.
Barack Obama's past has been placed off-limits to the American public: no medical records, no college records, no university records have been released to the public.
An adoring MSM refuses to ask questions, other than those of the "What's your favorite color?" variety.
Every politically-unpleasant news which disturbs the carefully-packaged image of Barack Obama's shrouded past is dismissed, ignored or whitewashed in the media.
With no record of accomplishments, other than being selected as the Democrat nominee, it's left mainly to the Right half of the blogosphere to inquire and to try and crack the information embargo.
Because the national media seem to have an aversion to asking any questions which the Obama campaign discomfort, don't expect any new information on this topic coming out before the election.
Terence Jeffrey, at Townhall.com, Obama's Mandate for Nationalized Same-Sex Marriage:
In the vice presidential debate, moderator Gwen Ifill asked Biden directly whether he supports same-sex marriage.
"Do you support gay marriage?" she asked.
"No, Barack Obama nor I support redefining from a civil side what constitutes marriage," said Biden. "We do not support that."
Were this actually Biden and Obama's position, they would be for Proposition 8. But they are not.
"If I lived in California, I'd clearly vote against Prop. 8," Biden told DeGeneres.
The actual Obama-Biden position on same-sex marriage goes beyond merely opposing Proposition 8. In fact, their position sets the stage for liberal federal judges to impose same-sex marriage nationwide by forcing states that have passed their own acts in defense of marriage to recognize same-sex marriages contracted in states such as California, where state judges declare a state "right" to same-sex marriage.
Is Barack Obama for or against same sex marriage?
Again, it depends on who's doing the asking.
by Mondo Frazier
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