Obama’s gay marriage endorsement could unite right

CitizenLink.com 14 May 2012
More than a quarter of voters say they are now less likely to vote for President Obama in November because of his support for same-sex marriage, according to a Gallup poll taken after the president’s announcement Wednesday. Some leaders in the conservative movement say seven states that supported Obama in 2008 are now back in play due to eroding support for the president’s policies and the clear distinction between him and Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican challenger, on the marriage issue. “This particular issue is a Christmas gift to the Romney campaign and the GOP,” said former presidential candidate Gary Bauer, president of American Values, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. “But it is possible for them to turn it into a lump of coal if they don’t handle it correctly.”
http://www.citizenlink.com/2012/05/14/six-states-could-be-up-for-grabs/

Fox News 13 May 2012

Prominent social conservatives are claiming that President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage could be the fuel Mitt Romney needs to unite the right in November. Rick Santorum, the former Republican presidential candidate, is on record urging Romney to use this “potent weapon” against the president in the general election. And Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on Sunday called the president’s announcement a “missing piece of intensity” for the presumptive GOP nominee. Though gay marriage was not an issue that factored prominently into the 2012 election season until this past Wednesday, when Obama made his historic announcement, the clear distinction now between Obama and Romney has elevated the matter.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/05/13/social-conservatives-claim-obama-gay-marriage-endorsement-could-unite-right/

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6 comments for “Obama’s gay marriage endorsement could unite right

  1. David
    15 May 2012 at 12:10 am

    Obama has made a serious mis-calculation by listening to the celebrity and New York elites on this issue. Why they are a powerful lobby group, he ignores most of mainstream America. In most states they have voted against gay “marriage”.

    Hopefully like NZ’ders, Americans are over all the PC stuff and will vote him out at the end of the year.

    Obama being seen by the public as the poodle of celebrities is not the way to win respect of mainstream America.

    Obama talks about those in “Main St” Home town America. Well “Main St” America is not homosexual.

  2. David
    15 May 2012 at 12:10 am

    Obama has made a serious mis-calculation by listening to the celebrity and New York elites on this issue. Why they are a powerful lobby group, he ignores most of mainstream America. In most states they have voted against gay “marriage”.

    Hopefully like NZ’ders, Americans are over all the PC stuff and will vote him out at the end of the year.

    Obama being seen by the public as the poodle of celebrities is not the way to win respect of mainstream America.

    Obama talks about those in “Main St” Home town America. Well “Main St” America is not homosexual.

  3. Alex
    18 May 2012 at 9:55 am

    Obama has made the correct dicession in supporting marriage for all American citizens. America was and still is built on the notion of justice, liberty and freedom for all. Not just for the religious, not just for the white and not just for the male populace.

    This issue (Gay marriage) is not about religion at all, it’s about civil rights. It’s always been about rights. I’m a New Zealander and I definitely don’t think civil rights are an “PC” issue, I feel New Zealand needs to show the world that all are protected under her grace.

    We live in a time where people are growing up with gay friends, same-sex parents, children and grand-children who are gay. This is it, Obama is one of the first American Presidents to stand up and say, “There are gay adults in this country, who haven’t got the same rights as others. This is called discrimination” He understands his country, why can’t we congratulate him on that? Don’t we all want to end discrimination?

  4. Bob
    18 May 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Does that include discrimination against polygamy and polyamory and group marriage and two adult family members wanting to marry each other?

    Gays already have the right to get married. They just have to find someone of the opposite sex. No discrimination there.

  5. Denis
    18 May 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Fully agree with you on Civil Rights. Gays have the full range of Civil Rights that every other American has. They have full rights to participate in employment with out any discrimination (many are politicians, senior lawyers, and professionals). They can buy and sell property, join clubs and form relationships.

    They can now enter into relation ships. They can enter into those relationships with the full protection of the especially in relation to property rights. They can now do this through a Common Law contract.

    There are few people that are natually born gay (about less 1.4 per cent of the population). They are genetically gay. There is much larger group that are recruited gay – they do this as a lifestyle choice.

    Gay Marriage and the strong international push is not about marriage at all – the realpolitik – is about political power.

    Look at this issue and ask the question “why is it being pushed so hard internationally now across many countries”. This is not a Civil Rights movement Martin Luther King style – this is a much harder political push.

    Anyone who makes a comparison between black civil rights and gay “civil rights” really insults those that have little exercisasble rights in the community. They Gay movement has no disadvantage. The last time I visited America, blacks still dominate the bottom of the socio economic heap!

  6. Bob
    18 May 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Interestingly, even the co-leaders of the Civil Rights movement led by Martin Luther King don’t see same sex marriage as a civil rights issue!

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