Evolutionary Progress: Obama Embraces Same-Sex Marriage After “Evolving” Away From His Prior Opposition

After years of “evolution,” President Obama today switched his past opposition to same-sex marriage and says that he now supports the right. Obama stated that he only came to this realization after speaking with his family and gay and lesbian associates, but he now personally supports same-sex marriage. He continues to maintain however that the question of same-sex marriage must remain a state issue, which would indicate that he does not view this as a right protected under the Bill of Rights. Obama however has now distinguished himself as the only major candidate in the general election who will not oppose same-sex marriage as a personal matter.

In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, Obama stated:

“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.”

That statement falls short of stating that this is a constitutional right as opposed to personal view. In past cases, the Obama Administration has opposed arguments that sexual orientation should be given the same protection as race — even after changing its position on “don’t ask don’t tell” and the “Defense Of Marriage Act.” However, this remains an important, if belated, recognition of the unfairness and inequity facing gay and lesbian couples.

The support of state authority on the question will help Obama control the political backlash in states like Virginia and North Carolina. However, it creates an interesting contrast to the position of the Administration in court in cases ranging from medical marijuana to health care to immigration where it has rejected claims of state authority.

At the moment, it remains dangerously undefined for the Administration: is same-sex marriage a constitutional right or a personal choice in the President’s view? If it is a constitutional right, can gays and lesbians claim heightened scrutiny of review associated with race or at least gender? That does not appear to be the thrust of Obama’s comments. The fact that the Administration continues to crackdown on state medical marijuana laws as a federal question, same-sex marriage would appear to rank below the question of the use of marijuana for terminally ill patients as a legal question.

It is hard to know how to react to the news. Civil libertarians are obviously less than enthused with the long opposition of the President or the view that the President had finally reached a point where even the normally favorable White House press corp was openly mocking his position. Even Democratic stalwarts this week were denouncing Obama and telling him to “man up” and take a stand on principle. It should not take a conversation with your daughters to recognize a fundamental right after years as a state legislator, U.S. Senator, and U.S. President. Yet, he has at least finally dropped his opposition and that puts him in a better position than Romney on the question.

The President should now offer a better idea of the constitutional footing of this right. His description of his thought process notably does not reference notions of equal protection as much as basic fairness:

“This is something that, you know, we’ve talked about over the years and she, you know, she feels the same way, 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 and, you know, I, you know, we are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others but, you know, 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, you know, 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 as a dad and a husband and, hopefully, the better I’ll be as president.”

The Golden Rule basis for this right leaves if on the same level as other personal choices and social disagreements — as opposed to a matter of equal protection or privacy. Yet, in a process of evolution, we are now at least in the same rough genus of rights. He also can rightfully claim to be the first president to support same-sex marriage.

Source: Yahoo

205 thoughts on “Evolutionary Progress: Obama Embraces Same-Sex Marriage After “Evolving” Away From His Prior Opposition”

  1. Gene H: One thing for sure, I’m not free for a “dumbdown”…( I’m really really glad I don’t know you personally!!)

  2. junctionshamus…proving my POINT…read all of it instead of taking it out of CONTEXT and seeing what you want to see to justify your own lusts….

  3. Captain Oveur: You ever been in a cockpit before?
    JoeyAdisen: No sir, I’ve never been up in a plane before.
    Captain Oveur: You ever seen a grown man naked?

  4. Otteray Scribe: Your IQ is showing very brightly on that one. I happen to know several gays who are respectful, show manners, hold down 3 jobs at once and was born with abilities and talent…( a relative) for some odd reason he keeps saying hes not really “gay” because he still likes “girls”…and what really troubles us is that his “boyfriend” likes to pick fights with him, and some of them are BRUTAL…He acts the same most of the time, but sometimes he seems very intimidated…we hope hes not in the relationship because of something we know nothing about…I fear for his mother because if something happen to him…It would crush her..hes not really happy.

  5. AD, I checked with the Flying Spaghetti Monster and was told gay marriage was OK. So there. Change your sinful views or expect to be pelted with a hailstorm of meatballs.


  6. @AD – Who wrote the Epistle to the Romans? Not Jesus; it was Paul. And Paul, bless his Apostolic misogynistic heart, said women should keep quiet in matters of Spirituality. So, to follow your absolute take on the Bible, why is it I still “hear” you?

    Because, according to my ex-wife, it’s like a stop sign. Not a commandment, merely a suggestion… So you might want to leave the fundamentalism behind, otherwise, you’ll be stuck, much like the ol’ UCMJ, male-superior, missionary position. Had they thrown everyone out who didn’t follow that rule, it would have truly been, “An Army of One.”

    1. junctionshamus ( sorry for the delay SHAM, but I was out of the room) Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, THERE IS NEITHER MALE NOR FEMALE: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus ..ACTS 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, SAITH GOD, I will pour out of my spirit upon all flesh: AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY…….sorry, if you’re such an expert in scripture, YOU SHOULD HAVE WENT ON AND READ THIS….( TIP: GOD SAID THAT )

      1. @AD – Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, THERE IS NEITHER MALE NOR FEMALE: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus ..
        I think you just made everyone’s argument, but your own… So take some Pepto, and like Cher said to Nick in ‘Moonstruck,’ “SNAP OUT OF IT!!!”

  7. Of course you aren’t sure of what my point is, AD.

    Captain Oveur: JoeyAdisen, have you ever been in a… in a Turkish prison?

    1. Gene H: Not sure of your point, unless you’re about to say ALL GLADIATORS ARE GAY….and although I know very little about them, I know that’s not true, unless of course you have a hotline to all Gladiators…

  8. @MS – I’ll be your “Spartacus,” but not in a Tony Curtis kind of way, you know… Maybe I’ll just have to be your Huckleberry. Wait, hmmm… let me think on that too… 😀

  9. I am with your “God” Mike S. the Jesus the good Benedictine Nuns taught me about didn’t close the door on anyone!

    1. Romans 1:26&27 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:And likewise also the men, LEAVING THE NATURAL USE OF THE WOMAN, BURNED IN THEIR LUST ONE TOWARD ANOTHER; MEN WITH MEN WORKING THAT WHICH IS UNSEEMLY, AND RECEIVING IN THEM,SELVES THAT RECOMPENCE OF THEIR ERROR WHICH WAS MEET.

  10. Mike Spindell: Your ignorance is blasphemous …I shudder to think of children in your presence. You are the perfect example of why gays are hated…and be assured, we serve two different Gods…since you make me nauseated, my conversation with you is over.

    1. “and be assured, we serve two different Gods”

      Exactly, you serve the God of Hatred.

  11. Mike Spindell: your comments are to dense and silly for a proper reply. Grow up.

    1. AD,

      That warmth you feel when you gaze on another females body isn’t sisterly affection. As for it being a sin in my opinion that idea comes not from God, but from man. To believe that the omniscient creator of the Universe is concerned about people using their God given genitalia is as absurd, as it is
      blasphemous. How you might ask? Making God out a a petty puppeteer creating pitfalls to ensnare people into eternal damnation is blasphemous.

  12. And yes, I know, I don’t have “subject-object agreement” between “Gospel” and “say”. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa…

    1. @AD – As is your apparent un(Christian) intolerance. Remember what Jesus said about loving your neighbor as yourself? You may not like the “sin,” but he commanded us to continue to love the sinner.

      As the Gospel say, “To see, you must must remove the plank from your eye.”

      As for secular advice, if seeing GBLTs makes you nauseous, blow into a paper bag; if that doesn’t work, put the bag over your head…

      1. AD,

        Your gay is showing. Stop eying those other women and pray it away.

      2. Matthew 6:23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of DARKNESS. If therefore the light that is in thee be DARKNESS, how great is that DARKNESS….Sorry, but you’re the one with the BAG over your head.

  13. Shano: Just because you’re Spiritually dead has no bearing nor effect on me, nor on matters you cannot possibly perceive..the “blind” cannot lead the “blind.” Lets face it, we all have “opinions” and beliefs that make us who we are…I care not what you think of me, for that would be a hindrance….I feel the same way you do about “living in the dark ages” ..its high time someone stood up for moral values…there would be a lot less “filth” and a lot less CRIME…

  14. AD, I am SO GLAD we have a semblance of separation of church and state when I read posts like yours.

    Did you know that the marriage of President Obamas parents was illegal in 22 states when he was born?

    One day we will all understand that a stone age book has very little to do with 21st Century political public policy.

  15. @OS: Not only does he have a black friend, but the last time they spoke he asked them to give up being black, because their soul was more important “then” their body.

  16. @AD: I AM evolved from a monkey-like animal. So are you, it is apparent from the unfortunate regressive genetic makeup that gives you the intelligence of one.

    1. Tony C: “She” is not a “he”..sorry but I’m a “girl.”…one that “DID NOT” evolve from a monkey…..and being black has nothing whatsoever to do with being gay…you’re not from around here are you??

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