Legal Marriage: The Issue That May Decide The Election in 2012

Can non-traditional marriages become an accepted norm?

A serous issue is coming to a head...again.
A serous issue is coming to a head...again. | Source

For those who believe the Pentateuch, the Qu’ran, or the Holy Bible, the holy law is quite clear: when it comes to marriage, it’s not the loving couples that are the problem, it’s the unnatural coupling God finds offensive.

Most Americans, by a wide majority, say they believe in God. Many of those believers believe in the sanctity of marriage. When it comes to sanctity, many of those believers believe in the truths of the Pentateuch, the Qu’ran, and the Holy Bible as expressing the history of God’s relationship to mankind and God’s commandments.

The Defense of Marriage Act which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996 sought to protect traditional marriage at the federal level by preserving the right of the several states to establish their own laws on marriage and whether or not to recognize non-traditional marriages legally performed in another state. North Carolina has just amended its state constitution to make marriage between one man and one woman their state law, and other states are likely to follow by enacting a similar law.

The president of the United States, as its chief executive, is the official with the primary responsibility to see that the laws of the land are enforced. In the face of state court rulings that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, the current president, President Obama stated in 2011 that he would not defend that contested section of the law. The House of Representatives is defending it in place of the Department of Justice which, without the president’s decision, would normally have done so.

President Obama in May 2012 said publicly that he supports the desire of a man to marry a man, and a woman to marry a woman.

His likely opponent in the Election of 2012, Mitt Romney has publicly stated his belief that only the marriages of a man and a woman are acceptable and that he is determined to see traditional marriage defended and upheld as the basis for forming American families of a female mother and a male father and as the cornerstone and foundation of a healthy American society.

Clearly the lines are drawn. No other issue, not the National Debt or high unemployment,, not an unpopular system of national healthcare or the current Occupy Movement, could have so polarized American voters.

Mainstream churches including Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and Protestants which wholeheartedly supported the Defense of Marriage Act will find it difficult to support the reelection of a seated president who states public support for something which seemingly leads to acts they still consider to be sinful.

It appears that President Obama had not intended to make his present view of accepting non-traditional marriages so clear. It is now.

Americans who believe in God and in some or all the teachings of their holy books, have been faced with one issue which seemingly has no varying interpretations as to right or wrong.

Election 2012 is likely to show where Americans stand on this one issue. North Carolina has already said where it stands, and all Americans will have a chance to vote on it and every other issue on November 6, 2012.

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© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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Old Poolman profile image

Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

I suspect this most recent flip-flop by Obama was nothing other than a carefully crafted vote gitter plan. His advisers most likely told him if he could get the gay vote in addition to those already in his fan club, he was sure to win the election. He most likely is also counting on the relatively short memories of most voters. Little is ever said about all of his broken campaign promises, other than to blame Bush. This was a very risky move on his part, and I assure you he calculated the odds before placing his bet.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Old Poolman: He may have been "testing the waters" with surrogates such as Biden, but while we can ignore Biden, we cannot ignore Obama. I believe he seriously miscalculated (or was forced into a public position.) Now that it is there, he can't back off from it. In the process he has risked the Hispanic votes he considers "in the bag"...most are Catholics, as well as the votes of other minorities who are Protestants or evangelicals. Furthermore, he has reignited the Tea Party and most conservatives. I believe it will turn out to have been a fateful decision and not at all "shrewdly calculated."


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

We can only hope this was a huge error in judgement on his part. It is obvious he is not real good with numbers or accounting, perhaps he made a math error?


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

no obama must pander to his biggest political money bundlers, statisics show that this part of the leftist base is the biggest money raisers for obama and that is what he usually focuses his attention on. He can not run on his record because he will lose for sure, looks like his choice of Biden is coming back to haunt him.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

I know plenty of Christian and Jewish people who support gay marriage, because they feel it is more about legal rights than a moral issue. Maybe that judgement should be left to Him who is without sin. Weather it was the president's "evolved" decision or a political move, he said it, so now I hope we all move on to more important issues. Good hub!!Gets your readers to talking.


Perspycacious profile image

Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

It should be interesting to listen to how Bill Clinton spins this issue. He signed the Defense of Marriage act in 1996 which had valid majorities of both Democrats and Republicans.


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

Yes, more important issues like jobs, and what has happened to our country in the last three years!

how it has gone done the tubes, because of our dysfunctional govt. we need real people to take over not these political hacks who only care about themselves.


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Another side of the story, is that Obama may have intentionally made this subject a big issue in order to turn the public's attentions away from the real important issues.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

cleaner3: The "real people" are the voters, and the decision of who will "take over" depends on making all the issues clear to them. That will take a lot of writing, and speaking, which are loud enough to be heard, and clear enough to be understood. This particular issue may be a sideshow or a purely legal question to many, but it is a deeply felt theological, faith-based issue to others. Some may wink at it, and that is their choice. Others who are sincere believers will not be so dismissive.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Curiad: There are "real important issues" which are purely political, others that are purely economic, etc. This issue is both a legal issue and a religious issue, an issue of man's law and God's law. It is not going away. All issues need to be on the table and debated, for America's future is the future of all Americans of whatever religious or pedestrian beliefs.


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

how can you call this issue of gay mairrage a legal issue, it is meant as only distraction by the democrats to take the focus away from the real important issues. this country was built on the mairrage of a man and a woman. this issue can not even come close to being important as to the future of our country. "pedestrian beliefs" i would expect a better statement from you. please stick to the facts and don't cloud the real issues of the economy and the "real people " who need jobs. what will you do next, blame George Bush?


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jo miller 4 years ago from Tennessee

I'm a Christian and a supporter of gay rights--the same rights we all have. I'm old enough to have lived through the civil rights struggles of African-Americans, and I heard the Bible being used at that time as an excuse for those prejudices. This sounds very familiar.

I am very proud of our President for taking this stand. It is unclear at this time what the political consequences will be, but even if it were to cause him to lose the election, I'm still proud he did it.


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mikelong 4 years ago from The largest convict colony in the United States

Go Jo!


stickerpark 2012 4 years ago

the gay people of our country have all the same rights we do why should they be treated special. i to am achristian and i believe if they want to live together go right ahead. but don't ask to be treated special. to equate the struggles of civil rights where discrimination of the color of peoples skin to gay rights is so wrong.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

I believe President Obama by his open support of male to male and female to female legal marriages has chosen to speak for the few while ignoring the law and the many. We are taught to love the sinner and hate the sin. We are not taught to condone the sin and make it our law. I question where such leadership is taking this country? It is not a time to be silent on the issue. In our country we are each entitled to speak our minds and I respect those who sincerely disagree with me. Speak up and it may be that what you want is what we will get but it may still not necessarily mean it was right. Perhaps the loudest, best organized voices will prevail. Hopefully whatever is right will prevail. Our president is still our president, but I for one believe he has chosen a public stance which contradicts my beliefs, and I will not be silent on them, even if I should be the lone voice. Speak up and state your case, just as others have done here. And if it is important or unimportant to you say so freely here. That is the beauty of HubPages.


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

very well stated sir, i could not agree with you more!!


Perspycacious profile image

Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

cleaner3: Thank you for the acknowledgment.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Oh, Lone Wolf, Perspy - you are not alone!!! What gets me is why didn't he just say he is for same sex marriage, and that be that? However, he had to go the added step and say because of his Christian beliefs??? What????? He lost me on that one, as God tells us in His Word, marriage is between one man and one woman. God created the institution of marriage. We must love all as Christians and pray for one another, but to redefine what God has said? God gives us all free choice, and so all should be free to choose whatever lifestyle one wants, but to redefine what marriage is, I cannot comprehend such.


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

Anyone that votes for a candidate based mainly on gay marriage is being taken in by Obama. This was an act of desperation by Obama to take the light off of his dismal record, and failure to make good on his 2008 election campaign promises.

Gay marriage is not the big issue for this election, the issues haven't changed from those of 2008, mainly because those issue remain unresolved.

Obama failed miserably with those issues, and he wouldn't do any better with another four years.


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Dee42 4 years ago from Beautiful Arkansas

Man, as that 'announcement' came on my TV, I thought something, had really happened. Sorry but I was cooking and I actually went in the front room to watch this, I think I had the WOLF dude on. Maybe it's just me, but you can't really turn your beliefs on and off like a faucet. Meaning why change on what you believe now? Ah, the election. That is pretty sorry.

It's like he really doesn't have a brain. Ha. Whoops, did I just write that? I can see him now whispering to Biden," hey,dude... I don't know the answers to this Quiz, let me copy what you have. Hey,I can do that,cause I'm the President". ;)


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

cleaner3: You called it! An Obama move before his "money bundling" trip west! Biden was the first penguin off the ice shelf while the rest waited to see whether or not he would come back up. Obama decided there was no "killer whale" lurking in the dark waters and made his play for the money. Now he will have to live with being tied to his own plunge. Something may still come back to bite him on this one.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

ib radmasters: You and I have emphasized in our Hubs the "real issues" that not only loom before us, but stare us in the face right now...and have stared President Obama in the face since his 2008 campaign in which he promised to "Change" those problems. The Democrats' new slogan is "Forward" which reminds me of an Indonesian dictator's slogan which he (Sukarno) posted everywhere: "Forward, never looking back!" President Obama's review of his presidential term is attempting to persuade us that in three years he has tackled those problems with outstanding results. Now he is promising to persist in pursuing his "changes" as he goes forward. Many Americans think he has been and is on the wrong path and remains too stubborn to admit it.


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

Perspycacious

I agree with your comment, and I wondered how many people besides us really understand it.

So I wrote another hub, Gay agenda is bad for the country, but again the focus is on their agenda detracting from focusing on the real issues.

I totally agree with your comment on "Forward", especially when people thought that was the implied direction Obama meant in 2008 when he said he would change Washington.

Thanks


Perspycacious profile image

Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

ib radmasters: Find a garden and grow some food, you may need it going "Forward."

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