What? President Barack Obama backs gay marriage? Oh my God! Now I have to support him! His disastrous economic record? Psssshhhhhh. His incoherent foreign policy? Who cares? EVERYONE OBAMA BACKS GAY MARRIAGE HE DESERVES RE-ELECTION!
This has basically been the reaction from the mainstream media and the reaction from Obama supporters everywhere. Truth be told, it’s annoying me.
Now let’s be clear- I do not intend to turn this into a discussion about gay marriage. What I do intend to talk about is Obama having a rather weak spine on this issue, something the mainstream media doesn’t seem to talk about.
In 1996, when he ran for the Illinois state senate, Obama said he favored “legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.” Later that year he changed his position.
Flash forward to 2004, where Obama declared that marriage was not a “civil right” and should be between one man and one woman. Don’t take my word for it though, see it for yourself in the video below!
Three years later, when then Senate-candidate Obama reaffirmed this position in during a Democratic debate, in which he proposes civil unions. (which for the record is something a lot of conservatives believe in too)
And now today, Obama did a 180 and now supports same-sex marriage. Of course what’s buried in the article is:
As president in 2010, Obama told ABC News’ Jake Tapper that his feelings about gay marriage were “constantly evolving. I struggle with this.” A year later, the president told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, “I’m still working on it.”
So to recap, Obama went from being all for gay marriage only to be against it later that year. Then he went from being against gay marriage to saying he wasn’t sure on the issue and now is in favor of same-sex marriage.
Mitt Romney may be a serial flip-flopper, but I don’t think he has ever a flip-flopped on an issue as much as Obama has on gay marriage.
So the question is: Is this truly what Obama believes? Well, I’m not completely convinced that he has truly evolved on the issue:
Left-wing blogger Greg Sargent reported on Monday that “leading gay and progressive donors” were angry with Obama over his increasingly convoluted position on gay rights and same-sex marriage, and were refusing to donate any more money to Priorities USA, the pro-Obama Super PAC. Sargent cited Paul Yandura, a political adviser to prominent Democratic donor Jonathan Lewis, who emailed that:
A number of gay and progressive donors, unsolicited, have indicated to us that they aren’t considering requests to donate to the Obama SuperPac because of the president’s refusal to the sign the order. And those are high-dollar asks, some in the seven digits. We have heard from at least half a dozen major gay and progressive donors that they stand united with us.
The Washington Post noted on Tuesday that roughly 20 percent of Obama top campaign bundlers—who are responsible for arranging $500,000 and up—“publicly identified themselves as gay.”
So what happened after Obama announced his support for gay marriage?