Obama Comes Out for Gay Marriage -- Finally

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Obama secures the gay vote
It seems those many trips to San Francisco this year have convinced President Barack Obama that gays should be allowed to tie the knot. News reports of the president's reversal on same-sex marriage is making rounds in the blogosphere this afternoon, and for good reason: It's about damn time!

According to press reports, Obama came out -- literally -- for same-sex marriage, explaining the obvious, that when two people who are in a loving, monogomous relationship, they should be allowed to get married, regardless of their sexual orientation.

Here's a snippet of the interview with our newly minted pro-gay president:

"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. I've stood on the side of broader equality for the LGBT community. I hesitated on gay marriage in part because I thought civil unions would be sufficient. I was sensitive to the fact that for a lot of people, the word 'marriage' evokes very powerful traditions, religious beliefs." And here's what Obama said about gay marriage two years ago:
 


Of course, San Francisco is thrilled by the news: City Attorney Dennis Herrera was the first to issue a statement (not surprisingly) praising the president for his decision.

"I'm delighted that President Obama has publicly announced his support for marriage equality. The President's evolution on this important civil rights issue mirrors that of millions of Americans over the last several years, and I'm confident his leadership will help change the hearts and minds of millions more in the days ahead. With his announcement today, President Obama now stands with San Francisco on the right side of history."

Anyway, congrats to the president for finally realizing it's time to advance civil rights. Now if only he had the same empathy for medical marijuana patients.

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Obama: "I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and pander for votes because my track record is god-awful..."

e_dog
e_dog

No, pandering for votes is promising to cut the price of gas in half, sending all taxpayers a $300 "rebate" check in spite of the federal debt, or passing the Defense of Marriage Act in your reelection year. Pull your head out of your ass.

Guest
Guest

Yeah, but "Hey Obama, what about jobs and the economy? Can we talk about that please??? Quit distracting!"

e_dog
e_dog

And that's the rub with our system. It's hard to fill 24 hours of news programming, or score political points, on topic areas that have a more glacial pace.

But as a gay man who is legally married, I'm grateful for yesterday's distraction.

Guest
Guest

I get it, e_dog, "wide stance." Funny.

Notice how every week it is some new distraction. First its contraception, then its war on women, this week its gay rights, now watch, next week it will be some new distraction to divide us for political gain. Watch.

But jobs and economy. Takes focus.

e_dog
e_dog

I agree that jobs and the economy should be on the forefront of Washington's concerns. But it was right, not the left, that put this issue of gay marriage on the ballot in North Carolina, Minnesota, Maryland, and Washington this year (Maine is the only state where the left initiated the ballot effort). And pandering suggests that Obama compromised his values or took a widely popular stance, but in this case he did neither of those things.

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