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Obama Exploits a States Rights Issue

This is not the first time Obama has come out in favor of gay marriage. He was for it before he was against it before he was for it again. Whatever it takes to win.

This is not the first time Obama has come out in favor of gay marriage. He borrowed from the playbook of a famous flip-flopper, John Kerry, but not to be outdone by Kerry, he was for it before he was against it before he was for it again. The whole episode is merely one more divisive issue to exploit during an election year.

In 1996, Obama was in favor of gay marriage and would fight any efforts to prohibit it. [1]

Then he flipped. In 2004 [2] and 2008 [3] his position was for civil unions instead; that as a Christian he believes marriage is a sacred union between a man and a woman; that gay marriage is not a civil right. This is essentially the same position as Mitt Romney.

Then he waffled. In 2010 [4] Obama was "struggling" (a trial balloon?) and then he finally flipped again recently in favor of gay marriage.

Why the flip flops? Call me a cynic, but ...

1996: He ran for the Illinois State Senate from a liberal district.
2004: He ran for the U.S. Senate and needed to appeal to a larger audience.
2008: He ran for President and needed to appeal to a larger audience.
2010: His popularity plummeted (even within his base).
2012: He's running for a 2nd term, the economy and public finances are a shambles.

And in the first 90 minutes after the news broke Wednesday, his campaign received $1 million in "spontaneous" contributions from pro-gay PACs ... so that doesn't hurt either. Flip-flopping apparently pays off. [5]

Obama is also borrowing from the Republican play book by focusing on divisive social issues. God forbid we have that important conversation about declining incomes, unemployment, deficit spending, unfunded entitlements, the parabolic rise in the national debt, war without end and the fiscal cliff at the end of the year. [6] The whole strategy is to divide people and play them against each other to keep them distracted from the broader issues. That's how politicians (as opposed to statesmen) get elected.

For what it’s worth, 17 states recognize same-sex unions and 31 states have voted down same-sex legislation by referendum. Marriage has always been an issue handled by the states and there is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that grants the Federal Government power to regulate it. If a state wants to legalize same-sex unions or ban them, the Feds should stay the hell out of it. Using Federal power to force social issues only polarizes us as a nation.

References:

[1] 1996, Obama backed same sex marriage Politico

[2] 2004, Obama says marriage (gay or otherwise) is not a civil right: YouTube

[3] 2008, Obama says marriage is a sacred union between a man and a woman: YouTube

[4] Obama says he’s struggling with the issue, supports separate but equal for civil unions: YouTube

[5] Gay donors reportedly constitute 1 in 6 of Obama’s top PAC contributors: Washington Post

[6] The 2013 Fiscal Cliff Could Crush Stocks (and the economy): Wall Street Journal

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Kevin M. Nedd May 10, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Has the President proposed any legislation to legalize same-sex marriage? No, he merely offered his personal opinion on this issue. Posting this separately, as opposed to defending your statements in the other ongoing Patch thread, doesn’t lend any more credence to your lame argument.
Hookerman May 11, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Your opinion is obviously partisan, and not the least bit objective for two main reasons; 1) All republican candidates (including Romney) support the Defense of Marriage Act, which forces states to forbid same-sex marriage. If your real concern is state's rights, where's you objection to this??? Obama has not even proposed any federal legislation. 2) No one has flip-flopped on issues more than Mitt Romney. You focus on one issue that Obama has flipped on, and ignore the fact that Romney has flipped on just about every major issue since 1994. Be honest with yourself David, your issue is not state's rights or flip-flopping on issues... it's Obama.
DXJ May 12, 2012 at 02:34 AM
I don't like DOMA for some of the same reasons: 1) the Congress was not granted power by the Constitution to interfere in such personal matters as marriage, and 2) government involvement is the cause of the heated debate in the first place (although few seem to understand this). It's true, I don't like many of Obama's policies. I don't like Romney's either. I've ripped on both plenty.
DXJ May 12, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Sure, it's election season and the President is merely offering his opinion. It's not a calculated attempt to distract everyone. Who said I was required to post to your arbitrary requirements? Take a hike.
DXJ May 12, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I can't count how many times I've written publicly that Romney and Obama (Obomney) are essentially the same in so many ways.
DXJ May 12, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Besides, didn't Clinton sign DOMA into law?
Kevin M. Nedd May 12, 2012 at 03:22 AM
He signed because it passed both bodies in Congress with veto proof majorities. Back then, public opinion on this issue was no where near as supportive as it is now.
Kevin M. Nedd May 12, 2012 at 03:26 AM
I could care less where you post your argument; it's just as lame no matter where you post.

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