Thursday, May 9, 2013

Obama supports same-sex marriage, Romney maintains his opposition

President Barack Obama, who previously said his views on the issue were "evolving," said Wednesday that he supports same-sex marriage. The announcement puts Obama squarely at odds with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who opposes same-sex 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," Obama said in an interview with ABC News.

Link to article on CNN

The tide of history is against people who would deny their cherished rights to others.  Eventually, people acknowledge the hypocrisy and society advances.  I'm very pleased that Obama had the courage to express his support for gay marriage and his disappointment over the North Carolina decision.  This may cost him votes, but those people probably were not going to vote for him anyway.  However, my respect for him has greatly increased for taking such a principled stand.

Meanwhile, Romney maintains his opposition to gay marriage.  Link to Fox News Article.
Romney was a leading voice against gay marriage as Massachusetts governor. The courts legalized gay marriage in the state during his tenure, but he supported a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
After gay marriage became legal, Romney sought to enforce a statute banning state officials from marrying gay couples from other states. In a speech to conservatives last winter, Romney touted that move, saying he prevented Massachusetts from becoming the "Las Vegas of gay marriage."
Interesting analogy, Mitt.   That is what you think same-sex marriages are:  Las Vegas-style hook ups as opposed to long-term, committed relationships like those of Newt Gingrich.

1 comment:

  1. My respect for President Obama for taking a politically difficult but exceptionally principled stand has also greatly increased.

    I agree that his announcement will cost him some votes. I would think, however, that the vast majority of individuals who are strongly opposed to same-sex marriage would already not be voting for him this November.

    As recent polling indicates a majority of the country supports same-sex marriage, Obama's public support of marriage quality may energize fellow supporters who may not have otherwise voted. For example, voters in their twenties traditionally have a lower voter turnout rate (2006 mid-term elections was around ~25%). In the 2008 election, this same age group had a turnout rate of over 50%, largely voting for Obama. I suspect his announcement of support for marriage equality will once again energize this age group, which has the potential to more than offset any votes lost by his announcement.

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