Wednesday, 9 May 2012

President Obama's Evolution on Gay Marriage or Not

President Obama, came out in support of gay marriage during an interview on ABC.   He said that this was his personal view, which has been evolving for some time.   He said that First Lady Michelle Obama shared his view.  His evolution apparently came from talking to neighbours and taking into consideration that his daughters had friends that had gay parents.  
The announcement is a landmark for the gay rights movement, which has battled for decades to win legal recognition for same sex marriages.  Thirty states states either have laws or constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.  North Carolina was the latest state to join that list yesterday. 

A recent Gallup poll says  50 percent of Americans believe that gay marriage should be recognized, with the same rights as traditional marriages, while 48 percent believe it should not be legal

What has to be asked now, is whether or not Vice President Biden's strong message on Sunday that he supports gay marriage and is absolutely comfortable with same sex marriage,  was a GAF or if it was a shrewd political move.  The media was quick to point out that Mitt Romney had flip flopped on this issue.   Obama has actually flip flopped  several times.  Everything this President does, seems to have political motives.

Obama's Evolution:

1996 - To the Chicago LBGT newspaper - "I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.”

2004 - "I don't think Marriage is a Civil Right" - See Video

2008 - At Saddleback Church  he said hat he believed marriage is a union of one man and one woman.

2012 - He says in an interview with ABC that he personally supports gay marriage, but would leave it to states to decide.    

 “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’s Robin Roberts.

The President's evolution always came during election campaigns. Hopefully after the two flip flops the evolution is complete.  

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