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Obama's Big Gay Marriage Statement

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Mister Matt
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Obama's Big Gay Marriage Statement
Posted: 5/10/12 at 03:53pm
You know she's going to get knocked up by Rush Limbaugh any day now.
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strummergirl
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Obama's Big Gay Marriage Statement
Posted: 5/10/12 at 04:46pm
Raised by grandparents and a single mother for much of his life= becomes president
Raised by two parents in the home= knocked up teenager still trying to make the most out of 15 minutes of infamy

That's all I can add to Bristol's stupid logic
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Obama's Big Gay Marriage Statement
Posted: 5/10/12 at 05:28pm
The tide has turned and it's downhill all the way from here guys, so start planning now...

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Updated On: 5/10/12 at 05:28 PM
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Obama's Big Gay Marriage Statement
Posted: 5/10/12 at 05:31pm

Just thought I'd post this here, too.

"TheatreDiva90016 - another good reason to frequent these boards less."<<>> ďI hesitate to give this line of discussion the validation it so desperately craves by perpetuating it, but the light from logic is getting further and further away with your every successive post.Ē <<>> -whatever2
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jacobtsf
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Obama's Big Gay Marriage Statement
Posted: 5/10/12 at 05:44pm
Here's the actual article Diva posted a picture of

http://www.baywindows.com/romney-ill-be-better-than-ted-for-gay-rights-62044
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FindingNamo
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Obama's Big Gay Marriage Statement
Posted: 5/10/12 at 10:38pm
Four years ago, Romnoid dismissed that interview as "ancient history." ANCIENT HISTORY!!!!
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dented146
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Obama's Big Gay Marriage Statement
Posted: 5/11/12 at 01:01am
It's gutsy, long overdue and the right thing. Problem is that it could have waited a few more months and not put three of four swing states in play for the GOP.

We can enjoy this moment of reason and clear thinking but there might be a big price later.
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TheatreDiva90016
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Obama's Big Gay Marriage Statement
Posted: 5/11/12 at 01:34am
Joe Biden pushed him, but we'll take what we can get.
"TheatreDiva90016 - another good reason to frequent these boards less."<<>> ďI hesitate to give this line of discussion the validation it so desperately craves by perpetuating it, but the light from logic is getting further and further away with your every successive post.Ē <<>> -whatever2
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tazber
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Obama's Big Gay Marriage Statement
Posted: 5/11/12 at 06:27am
I wonder if behind closed doors Obama spanked the daylights out of Biden for his statement.
....but the world goes 'round
Yawper
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Obama's Big Gay Marriage Statement
Posted: 5/11/12 at 03:19pm
not sure if Biden pushed him or sent up a test balloon for him - bad response then it's "well, that's just goofball Joe running his mouth again", okay response then it's "let's go ahead with a statement"
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jacobtsf
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Obama's Big Gay Marriage Statement
Posted: 5/11/12 at 03:40pm
Yeah, I think it was test to see how the public would react.
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Obama's Big Gay Marriage Statement
Posted: 5/11/12 at 03:46pm
Heck I overheard fratbros on my campus really shocked that Obama would make this move but not in the sense they are against Gay Marriage but that this move seems the opposite of what a politician would do.

I have a hard time believer, and this was a theory from a talking head on NPR who seemed more appropriate for the cable news circuit, that it was as simple of crazy Uncle Joe running his mouth. Given how quiet Biden has been for over 3 years, with the exception of him celebrating the healthcare deal, I doubt it came out of nowhere.
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SonofRobbieJ
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Obama's Big Gay Marriage Statement
Posted: 5/11/12 at 03:46pm
^ I'm with ya on that.

The timing is just a little...perfect. 6 months out from the election, so that the public has a chance to absord it and get over it. Using 'Crazy Uncle Joe' to drop the bomb, then Obama's 'hastily' arranged interview...which happened the day after the NC vote.
ghostlight2
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Obama's Big Gay Marriage Statement
Posted: 5/11/12 at 03:50pm
And my response to that is - "Yeah. So?".
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Obama's Big Gay Marriage Statement
Posted: 5/11/12 at 03:53pm
There is always some big announcement or policy made around this time during a re-election year. And I'm glad it was this.
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Obama's Big Gay Marriage Statement
Posted: 5/11/12 at 04:46pm
It is indeed tremendous, glorious news.

But that "I think it should be left up to the states" needs to go by the wayside.

In his next term, Obama needs to slam it home in FEDERAL LAW, LBJ-Style.
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Mister Matt
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Obama's Big Gay Marriage Statement
Posted: 5/11/12 at 04:54pm
I don't know how anyone who supports DOMA can argue it "should be left up to the states".
"What can you expect from a bunch of seitan worshippers?" - Reginald Tresilian
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Obama's Big Gay Marriage Statement
Posted: 5/11/12 at 05:21pm
The best essay on the subject is by Glenn Greenwald in SALON. Greenwald is one of Obama's toughest critics on the left - he is almost alone in calling out this administration on its corrupt dealings with Wall Street and its human rights abuses - but he eloquently applauds Obama for supporting gay marriage.

Especially astute is the following observation:

"The pressure continuously applied on Obama by some gay groups, most gay activists, and (especially) rich gay funders undoubtedly played a significant role in all of these successes. As David Sirota explained today, this demonstrates why it is so vital to always apply critical pressure even to politicians one likes and supports, and conversely, it demonstrates why it is so foolish and irresponsible to devote oneself with uncritical, blind adoration to a politician, whether in an election year or any other time (unconditional allegiance is the surest way to render oneís beliefs and agenda irrelevant). When someone who wields political power does something you dislike or disagree with, itís incumbent upon you to object, criticize, and demand a different course. Those who refuse to do so are abdicating the most basic duty of citizenship and rendering themselves impotent."
The president deserves credit for his actions in this civil rights area, regardless of his motives
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Updated On: 5/11/12 at 05:21 PM
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Obama's Big Gay Marriage Statement
Posted: 5/11/12 at 05:30pm
Even better. Greenwald quotes a commentator in the Guardian:

Iím generally no fan of Obama, and many of the reasons why are reported regularly in Glennís blog. . . .

On this issue, Obamaís statement today will be remembered 20 years from now, while his motives, and the North Carolina vote yesterday, and Bidenís carefully calibrated statement last week, and Obamaís previous dithering on this issue, will be long forgotten. A sitting President of the United States is willing, for the first time, to personally back basic civil rights for people who love others of the same sex. That is an action. Itís mostly symbolic, sure, but it will mean a whole lot to a whole lot of people.

Iím old enough to remember eight years of Ronald Reagan not once mentioning the AIDS pandemic while it raged. Any queer or queer ally who lived through that era will instantly recognize todayís significance. That was less than 25 years ago. To get from there to this is remarkable.

No, todayís statement doesnít get any legislation passed (at least, not directly), and the statesí rights hedge is a copout. But the important takeaway is that marriage equality opponents, and homophobes in general, can no longer dismiss gay civil rights as a fringe concern, and the notion that we can be separated from the fabric of American life and be shunned, buried, and forgotten is officially dead.

Eventually, marriage equality and all those other civil and social rights straight people take for granted will become the law of the land and the norm for everyone. Today helps get us there. Thatís worth celebrating no matter how many odious other things Obamaís done.

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Obama's Big Gay Marriage Statement
Posted: 5/12/12 at 04:22pm
When Missouri passed a constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man to one woman, I watched many a Missourian step forward and spout bullsh-t about how traditional marriage was being threatened by same-sex marriage and that marriage equality would destroy society and blah, blah, and blah.

The amendment passed in 2004.

50 percent of Missouri marriages still end in divorce.

The only thing that vote changed was the Missouri constitution.

North Carolina voters just used the ballot to bully same-sex couples wanting the right to marry and I can guarantee that not a damn thing is going to change regarding marriage in North Carolina except the law.

Angry Black Bitch - On same-sex marriage and granting rights by popular opinionÖ

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