Is President Obama's stance on same-gender marriage a hinder or an asset for his

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  1. Rodric29 profile image78
    Rodric29posted 12 years ago

    Is President Obama's stance on same-gender marriage a hinder or an asset for his reelection?

  2. ecoggins profile image89
    ecogginsposted 12 years ago

    A hindrance...Why did it take him until an election year to announce that his "evolution" on the topic had come to fruition? He already knows that he is running far behind with right-wing social conservatives. Now with a fiscally sound opponent, he may think he will lose some or most of the votes from fiscal conservatives as well as fiscally conservative independents. So, he has to appeal to potential voters on the socially liberal side. It seems to me he is now ready to do whatever it takes to get re-elected. Yet, what will a man profit if he gains the whole world and yet loses his soul? I was still on the fence about who I would vote for? No longer.

  3. handymanbill profile image75
    handymanbillposted 12 years ago

    A hinder I would think.Although the far left Hollywood has been pushing acceptance of this type of relationship.. I don't think people are ready to accept it yet.It  Maybe he is a closet case?? It was a bad stance for him to take,when he could of stayed out of making an opinion.

    1. Rodric29 profile image78
      Rodric29posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I have to agree with you. I don't know anyone personally who agrees with same gender marriage.

  4. ib radmasters profile image60
    ib radmastersposted 12 years ago

    President Obama's support of gay marriage is his major distraction from having to run on his record in office. His record of failing to fulfill his promises about the economy, unemployment and people losing their homes is not something that he can debate to win re-election.

    But the gay marriage issue will be brought into focus by the media, and the 2008 promises will go out of focus.

    This was an act of desperation from a lackluster president. The sad part about it is that it may just win him re-election.

  5. wingedcentaur profile image64
    wingedcentaurposted 12 years ago

    Hi Rodric29!

    It seems to me that in assessing the possible political mileage a politician might get out of assuming this or that stance on this or that issue, one has to also look at the way he comes to his position.

    You'll recall that Obama said, from the time we first heard of him, that his views on gay marriage were 'evolving.' It seems to me that that word, 'evolving' is a good one. I bet it makes 'Independents' comfortable, because Independents, allegedly, do not like right or left extremism. To say that one's views on this or that are 'evolving' shows reasonableness and a willingness and ability to grapple with complexity.

    Also, this is different that what even Mitt Romney's fellow Republicans have accused him of, which is 'flip-flopping,' which is seen as nakedly political, I mean POLITICAL!

    The trend in America, I would say is toward more and more tolerance and a greater and greater appreciation of diversity. Though, we must note that the North Carolina legislature passed this... resolution, or whatever you call it, specifically defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

    I guess my point is that everything a politician does is going to both hurt him here and help him there. Which effect will be greater remains to be seen.

    Take it easy.

    1. Rodric29 profile image78
      Rodric29posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      This is a good observation.

  6. TheLifeExperiment profile image58
    TheLifeExperimentposted 12 years ago

    I think it might actually help. He was losing support from the LGBTQ community for not being more open about his opinion. There was a flood of positive comments all over the internet yesterday, giving support and approval of the president. Of course, conservatives won't be too happy, but more and more of the country is becoming more accepting of gays. After all, what bad can come from gays getting married? In my eyes, his announcement is a great decision. Not necessarily regarding reelection, but as his image as a good person.

  7. Patriette profile image71
    Patrietteposted 12 years ago

     Probably not...The economy, the debt, entitlement reforms, national security and energy are the issues voters will be considering in November. The same-sex marriage debate will continue to be decided on a state by state basis and the voters will have the final word. Thirty-eight states have so far concluded that marriage is the union between a man and a woman, regardless of Barack Obama's 3 1/2 year "evolving" position on same-sex marriage. His stance will mainly be an asset to his reelection campaign coffers from one of his constituent groups - wealthy gay donors. But BO has fundamentally alienated other important constituent groups, i.e., Wall St., small businesses, Jews, Catholics, soccer moms, etc.

    1. Rodric29 profile image78
      Rodric29posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      It would be nice to hear some talk about those things!

  8. Elijah7 profile image60
    Elijah7posted 12 years ago

    obama and EVERYONE should watch this Video Tribute to Ronald Reagan...

    We can ALL learn something from THIS, most especially obama :

    1. Rodric29 profile image78
      Rodric29posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for sharing Elijah.

  9. feenix profile image58
    feenixposted 12 years ago

    I don't know whether it will hurt or help his chances, and I do not really care.

    I'm just wondering if Diana Ross is going to sing "I'm Coming Out" at the Democrat Convention.

    1. Rodric29 profile image78
      Rodric29posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      You know, and this is wicked of me, but I wondered if Obama might decide to be bisexual after his soul searching. I wonder how he came to his decision. I see a book coming.

  10. SEXYLADYDEE profile image62
    SEXYLADYDEEposted 11 years ago

    It depends on what part of his constituency you are looking at. There is a large population of religious Americans black and white who will be unable to get past his acceptance. Amoung them it may be impossible to "forgive" what they perceive as a betrayal. I hope that he is holding true to his actual beliefs and that this wasn't a politically based maneuver. Dee


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