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Excerpt: "That's always been the rationale for Obama's dawdling. Don't rock the boat in North Carolina - or Florida or Virginia or Colorado - by speaking out on gay marriage until after November 6 has passed."

President Obama came out in support of same-sex marriage yesterday. (photo: Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images)
President Obama came out in support of same-sex marriage yesterday. (photo: Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images)

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+38 # Barbara K 2012-05-10 10:54
It is my belief that just being a HUMAN gives equal human rights to all.
+19 # fishmother 2012-05-10 11:11
I am thrilled at this announcement, but I have to admit that for me, it comes late. Why should a man of such brilliance have to evolve towards something as basic as "liberty & justice for ALL?" First & foremost I would like to thank Vice President Biden for breaking the ice jam and Arne Duncan, and I’ve heard it said Michelle Obama, for joining him, all which must have made it pretty difficult for any further thoughtful Presidential evolution. Never the less, Thank you Mr. President ~ this is a very important step.
-19 # bugbuster 2012-05-10 11:20
"voters you were pandering to"

This is a baseless and cynical cheap shot worthy of a Republican in Democrat's clothing. Who do you work for, Mr. Rich? Are you a gay person with so much self-loathing that you can't imagine three-dimension al straight people with good will toward gays having complex feelings about complex issues?
It just so happens that a lot of people with no animus toward gays, people with beloved family members who are gay, people whose natural sympathies lie with those who are persecuted by self-righteous brutes, might have to struggle with questions that have no simple answers for them?

In short, grow up.
+9 # George Baggett 2012-05-10 11:36
Though played as being forced to address this because of Biden's comments, I'm not buying it. He has needed to take a stand on this, and it only calls to decrease the migration of the his base. It also places the right in the position of being against him, pushes them further to the wacko side of right, and using the term "evolved" will likely bring up the issue of evolution - also placing right further out in the field. I just don't see these folks doing anything but planning the mechanism as to how to push topics on the media and the right so they can just stand back and watch the crazy fallout. Clearly, the right is falling in line again.
+26 # chrisconnolly 2012-05-10 11:36
Why bandy this around at all. That Obama stated absolutely on this issue allows it to be off the table where it should have been in the first place. Now maybe he will be able to make the issues of real matter be front and center. Issues like fracking, corporate take over of our democracy, not invading yet another country, real economic support, intelligent education reform. Gay no-rights and anti abortion issues are smoke screens for big business mis-deeds. I am glad Obama wants to see through them...
+5 # Virginia 2012-05-10 11:49
This is just another Wag the Dog issue to divert attention from the rise of the Chinese yuan against the US dollar and the potential of another rating downgrade due to the staggering debt caused by unregulated Wall Street securitization and fraud.

He should have come out and supported gays in the beginning of his term when still closely tied to the previous administration since VP Cheney's daughter was publicly acknowledged and accepted. However, in light of the current financial crisis and failing economy sinking deeper like the Titanic on a daily basis... Religion, marriage, sexual preference, etc. are the least of the average American's concerns....and frankly issues that the government should stay the hell out of.

We are in a financial force majeure neither party has adequately addressed, provided platforms or solutions to correct. Obama has been in office for nearly 4 years on the same path, with the same advisors, with a "plan" that has not been working.

I'm glad he's for's better than watching him play basketball with the Globe Trotters. Enough said. Enough media attention on the subject. Now get back to work and pay attention to the really, really serious financial issues.

BTW - I know gay couples that have been wrongfully evicted from their homes. I don't think this new posturing is going politically influence them and cause them to donate to the Obama camp.
+15 # mjc 2012-05-10 12:35
Agree that the government, local, state and federal, ought to stay out of personal relationships BUT that is what has happened and the Republicans are very happy to stand with the Catholic hierarchy to deny abortions for any reason, deny contraconceptio n, and deny sexual preference. North Carolina just confirmed the real hate coming from the Tea Party and the rock-head Republicans against any tolerance for difference in sexual preference. Republicans are quite willing to come out as anti-women's rights...human rights and anti-gay rights. I think this nation's citizens are better than that and I hope the election of 2012 will prove it.
-18 # James Marcus 2012-05-10 12:18
No Vitriol. Obama threw you a bone. 'Marry who you like'.
This is 'Evolved'?
He is a killer, thief and a liar.
Enjoy your Gay Marriage 'Bone'.

Obama, and my Government, have no business even commenting on who I marry.

Who they kill, invasively feel-up, and Intimidate, what they steal, who they lie to.....
This ....matters.
+5 # Dion Giles 2012-05-10 20:31
[quote name="James Marcus"]
"Obama, and my Government, have no business even commenting on who I marry."
It is very much the government’s business. Marriage is under the control of society in every country in the world. Without social and legal recognition a marriage is no more than a personal statement by a couple. By speaking up for that recognition to be without discrimination on who the couple are, Obama has added the voice of the President of the United States to the growing but still tenuous social recognition of marriage free of discrimination. That is historic. When there is a clear majority for non-discriminat ion throughout the land, THEN it will no longer require a courageous political gamble for a president to speak up for it.
+13 # mjc 2012-05-10 12:27
It was an historic moment, folks; historic! So it came late in his first term. Given the hate and Armageddon stance of the Republican Party these days, it was worth a bit of agonizing over possible political fallout. The Republicans deserve Romney. Romney is a guy with no core principles but now he is forced to play to the DOMA crowd. Romney apparently isn't afraid of sending messages to women about who is in charge of their issues, violence, contraception, abortion. and he doesn't worry about the gay community either. The economy is recovering, albeit slowly because the austerity camp was listened to but there is no way that a Romney or any of the present Republicans could have made the recovery faster or stronger, in spite of what Romney crows about...without ever putting up any real samples of what HE would do. Obama's stance on gay marriage is just one more good reason to support him. Believe me that is a tough decision for me because I really wanted health care coverage that was a universal, single-payer system But Obama is all we got right now. Maybe he'll screw up his courage for some more reforms.
-11 # Robt Eagle 2012-05-10 22:06
No change in the law just because Emperor Obama stated his personal belief. The Federal statute still only recognizes a man and woman as being married. So, for the rules of law regarding property, same sex "married" couples will still die as Tenants in Common until the Federal statute is changed. However Eric Holder and his DoJ only enforce the rule of Obama, so the constitution and any actual rule of law has no teeth under a Holder DoJ, it is just an Obama world, hence Emperor Obama will be the new title if he is re-elected. If that happens, then America will cease to exist as it has since its formation. America will be land of the Obama regime and no home of the free and brave.
+2 # Regina 2012-05-11 08:36
Such more reforms need a Congress with brains, spines, and principles, not pledges to Norquist and money pipelines to the corporate trough. There's more than the presidential election scheduled for November.
+21 # jwb110 2012-05-10 12:30
To Banjo,
I worked in NYC on Broadway as stage support and I have to tell you that you are way out of touch with the demographic of Broadway performers. The majority of people of people working in the theatre in NY are straight as a desert road. What they are not is prejudice towards the people who deliver their profits 8 times a week wether they are straight or not.
+9 # motamanx 2012-05-10 12:41
The argument I’d make is that Obama looked like a phony and a coward each day he fudged THIS issue: Cheney's admitted, illegal stance on torture. And THIS issue: extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest. And THIS issue: keeping the troops in Afghanistan any longer. And THIS issue: keeping the PATRIOT Act intact in any form whatsoever.
+7 # fredboy 2012-05-10 12:52
While I have long supported my gay and lesbian friends, I fail to see how Obama's change of heart toward them will be THE issue of the coming campaign. My friends and I are still appalled after voting for him, only to see him cave in to Wall Street, appointment Wall Street lackey Little Tim Geitner to head our Treasury--the man can't even give a coherent speech, but he did give 100% bailout bucks to the big boys--and give the whole slew of financial criminals a walk. Then we see him take a stand to allow offshore drilling that made George W. look like an environmentalis t. And if you think this latest toe-in-the-wate r is a sign of human rights concern, let's again take a look at what he is allowing to happen at Gitmo and scattered black interrogation sites. So please don't go overboard--he's got a long way to go before we again line up at the polls for him.
+7 # John Gill 2012-05-10 13:03
Whew, what a relief! The president supports the right of a gay individual to marry another gay individual, but wait, when he signed into law the NDAA, he made it possible for that same gay individual to be rounded up by his/her own military forces on the soil of his/her own country, arrested on suspicion of...something. ...hooded, banded, and detained until doomsday. Wow! Evolved into what?
+6 # oakes721 2012-05-10 15:54
With the world's fate at hand with the ongoing nuclear catastrophe in Japan, with irradiated fuel rods stored on damaged structures which are expected to be exposed by the ongoing earthquakes there, our help is needed NOW to move these into dry casks before the world is contaminated with 86 times the amount of Chernobyl's radiation.
This must be addressed immediately and our leadership is yet promoting MORE nuclear rather than expose the fact that we have 31 identical plants here. This is no time for playing politics. Our country's name has been badly tarnished if not made downright villainous in recent years. We have the equipment needed to help stop a worldwide catastrophe. The Japanese cannot do it alone. It is a matter of national and international security which will not wait and cannot be hidden in a closet.
+7 # Cappucino 2012-05-10 18:55
I personally wouldn't be able to believe that gay marriage would be an issue in the upcoming election... IF we were living in a rational world. We're clearly not. THIRTY-ONE states passed laws against gay marriage. Thirty-one out of fifty!

And this isn't the first time that Obama took a stand on a potentially explosive issue related to right-wingers beliefs. He signed the stem-cell bill into law very early in his term after Bush vetoed it twice (and it was passed by a bipartisan congress.) The issue wasn't funding in that case; it was allowing the FDA to permit embryonic stem-cell research. The only reason this hasn't been a huge issue so far... oh, I don't want to be mean... but I don't think most right-wingers are smart enough to understand what's going on with stem-cell research. We are on the verge of an incredible breakthrough in retinal research. Many millions of blind people will see again-- IF this research is permitted to go forward. But it can't be done without an embryo. It's a miracle that it hasn't been blown up into a political fireball-- yet. Few people understand just how much courage it took for Obama to sign that bill. So it's happened before.
+3 # RMDC 2012-05-11 04:12
I would not call this evolution. I would call it political opportunism. And just because Obama says something does not mean he will do anything about it. When will Obama "evolve" on his wars on everyone on earth, his spying, his support for corrupt banks, his torture camps.

Obama is a good campaigner. He says bold things in a campaign and then as president he wimps out and lets the neo-cons wipe the floor with him. Anti same sex marriage is the issue of the lunatic right wing and now they will fume over it for the whole election season. The hard right base will be energized, but no one else will. The swing voters either don't care or moderately favor equal rights for same sex couples.
+4 # Regina 2012-05-11 09:25
We have to stop electing the neo-cons' surrogates to Congress. Then maybe Obama will generate the progress we need.
+1 # trevorlasvegas 2012-05-11 09:26
I know what the Mitt Romney's of the world are like: I went to grade school, high school, college, and then worked in corporate America. For that reason the details don't interest me. He is what he is, and I don't need the breathless moralizing of the left-wing spin machine to tell me what I already know.
Obama's pandering for votes is just as bad to my mind. And Barbara K., before you spout your own brand of reactionary drivel, not everyone and everything can be reduced to the polarized choices we're presented with. It doesn't matter if the Yankees or the Dodgers are at bat, they're still playing baseball. Someone else made the rules, and the umpire still calls what he wants to throw the game. Good luck to you all.
+2 # noitall 2012-05-11 12:10
Obama making that statement and then leaving it up to the individual states speaks volumes.

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