President Obama on Wednesday endorsed gay marriage, becoming the first U.S. president to voice support for same sex couples to legally marry.
The announcement is a landmark for the gay rights movement, which has battled for decades to win legal recognition for same sex marriages.
Yet the sudden pivot by Obama in an election year on the explosive issue exposes his campaign’s risks, which could alienate some socially-conservative, independent voters who do not support the issue.
Obama’s admission his gay marriage stance comes days after Vice President Joe Biden said he was “absolutely comfortable” with gay marriage. Education secretary Arne Duncan also admitted earlier this week that he also supports gay marriage.
This is all politics, pure and simple, anyway you slice it. Instead of being the great healer he campaigned as, Obama is taking sides on a very divisive issue where the side he now supports has attacked opponents of same-sex marriage as "bigots" "redneck f**ktards" and other vile terms, including profane attacks on the Christian religion. Obama is proving once again how he is the most divisive President in American history, dividing the nation among various tribes. He used the rejection of gay marriage in North Carolina to tap into that anger from its supporters for his own electoral chances.
Obama reads the tea leaves that he is in real electoral trouble, and he is desperate for not just every vote he can get, but all the fundraising dollars into his campaign coffers. Some gay donors have been withholding cash from the Obama allied PACs because he hasn't moved fast enough for them on gay issues.
Finally, like the phony "war on women" and the contraception debate, it is another issue Obama throws out so he can distract the electorate from his abysmal failures in the War on Terror, the economy/employment, and gasoline prices.
So "evolution" my ass! Obama is simply playing politics. If he had any political courage, he'd have said something before the vote occurred in North Carolina. But he doesn't, because if the vote had been the same if he'd announced this earlier, it would have reflected bad on him.
Donald Douglas writes at American Power:
To be fair, though, I've long criticized Obama as a pussy on gay rights. So from a Democrat's point of view, I think he did the right thing. And despite North Carolina's win last night, the trend does seem toward greater acceptance of homosexual marriage over time. The president can now claim that he's on the "right side" of history, from the gay civil rights perspective. I still think it should be up to the states --- and I think it would be politically stupid for Republicans to hop on board the same-sex marriage express. The gay lobby is repulsive. These people are perhaps the most thuggish constituency in progressive politics. The shift in support on gay marriage in the polls is largely explained by respondents who are tired of being attacked as "bigots." That's not so much winning over supporters as beating your opponents into submission.
So with that, let the great 2012 social policy debate begin. If Mitt Romney really wants to show he's conservative, the president couldn't have handed him a better opportunity.
Robert Stacy McCain:
In order to enhance his “viability,” the media bit their tongues and looked the other way while Obama engaged in a flimflam charade of moderation. He would have carried on that dishonest scam as long as necessary to win the general election, except that his big-money gay donors threatened to cut him off. And what his media idolators now will celebrate as another “gutsy call” never would have happened otherwise!
So Obama rolls out a half-measure that he “personally” thinks gay marriage should be legal, but that it should be up to the states to decide … um, isn’t that how it is now?
California decided, but the federal judiciary intervened. North Carolina decided, and as of this moment the Democrats still are having their national convention there. Over 30 states have decided against gay marriage, and a small number in favor (via the judiciary or legislature).
That is the status quo gay marriage supporters detest, yet they are cheering Obama’s endorsement of the status quo as if it were a watershed moment.
Don’t you get it by now? It’s all about him.
I think a lot of people who resisted the idea of voting for Mitt Romney may be having second thoughts right now.