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The Truth about President Obama's Same Sex Maraige announcement

Updated on August 24, 2012

Why now?

President Obama stated on May 9th, 2012 the he is in favor of gay marriage. Why? He did not propose anything. No Constitutional Ammendment, or anything new. It is up to to the states so why did he do this? The only weakness of Romney's has been that he is seen as a "flip flopper". He has stood firm on this and now Obama will have to hear that alligation. So why now?

Simple, he is up for re election and his base is not happy. He says that his daughters and "young people" had a lot to do with this evolution. One of his daughters supposedly has friends with same sex parents, and she changed her father, our president. Really? No, not really!

The real reason- The V.P., Joe Biden stated last weekend that he was totally in favor of gay marriage and that there is no difference between the two types. That raised a lot of questions from the gay community and media about where the president stood.

Not only that, but there are rumors all over Washington that Biden is going to get the boot. Obama could not do that until he firmed up the gay vote. If he let Biden say "I fully support gay marriage" and then he got fired as V.P., what would that say about the president. What would the gay community think of Obama then. The president had to clarify this and clear himself with the gay community before he fires his "friend" Joe.

Obama is hurting in the polls and he can not afford to take any more risks. This was a problem that he had to solve right now. Even though it will likely cost him Indiana, North Carolina, Iowa, Ohio, and some other swing states, he could not wait on this, in his opinion.

Was it mistake?


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    • MikeSyrSutton profile image

      MikeSyrSutton 5 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Actually xstatic, you are way off! The polls show that the majority of Americans do not favor same sex mariage. Civil unions poll much higher, and yes there is a difference between the two.

      You contradict yourself badly! You voted for him in 08 when he was against gay mariage and now that he has flip flopped and is for it, you will vote for him in 2012. Ok that makes no sense.

      Next you say Obama did this because it was the right thing to do and not for politics. Then you say it should handled by the states not the Federal Gov. What? Which is it- do you even know?

      You actually were half right in one sense. you mentioned the polls , and Obama did do this to bring out the gay vote. But the polls do not show majority consent!

      Lastly, you live in Washington so it doesn't matter how you vote!

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Biden is going nowhere, it is too late in the cycle for that. Obama recognized that it is an idea whose time has come. Polls show most Americans agree, but Romney will never agree, I'm sure. I was for Obama the first time and will be again.

      It is and should be up to the states to decide on these matters.

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      MikeSyrSutton 5 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      I agree but there are 2 points here. One is that they should be called out on these types of ploys. And also, think about it. This was a curious move because it hurts Obama in NC, Ohio, Iowa, and Indiana. He can't really afford that right now.

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      Gustave Kilthau 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Mike - There's not much point in worrying what politicians have to say to us. Anything for a vote or two...

      Gus :-)))

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      MikeSyrSutton 5 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Thank you for your insight Amy!

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I have no issues with differences in people. Differences make life interesting and exciting. We are all equal. I do have issues with manipulative, deceptive cons.

      I was surprised that my comment on PBS local Donnybrook in STL, MO, was read on-air. Personally, I feel Obama does have a heart, but I found his same-sex statement weak and unconvincing and will give those voters that dislike him and those on the fence, a sense of an unsure leader who straddles the fence. He has spoken out before and in a book about his previously opposite opinion on same sex marriage. I was confused by "why" and "why right now" he feels the need to proclaim his evolution . I realized it was a political tactic, but his validation doesn't change anything concrete. I agree with ib radmasters, and heard today that Hollywood is ecstatic with his validation, and has raised huge support and, most importantly, the dollars to back their support.

      Neither Biden or Obama expressed their feelings in a convincingly committed way, but rather, with body language that relays uncertainty and insincerity. But, whether it is their "truth" or not, the bottom line remains the Almighty dollar.

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      ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California


      This is a red herring from Obama to take the light off of his dismal record and failure to make good on his 2008 Presidential Election Campaign Promises.

      If people make their deciding vote based mainly on the gay marriage issue, then the next four years won't be any better than the last four years.