It’s been a couple weeks now since the President of the United States came out in favor of same-sex marriage. There have been many stories posted since as to whether or not this will help or hurt the Minnesota Marriage Amendment fight.
As you can imagine, both sides claim that it will help their side. Opponents to the amendment say that Obama’s proclamation will help mobilize voters and young people. Proponents of the amendment say that it’s just what they need to help people understand why they must speak up now to define marriage once and for all so that politicians don’t define it for them.
It’ll be interesting to watch this all unfold and read through the analysis on Obama’s decision. While I don’t think his statement will change many minds, I do agree with the article that it should help re-energize and mobilize voters.
“Obama’s Gay Marriage Gamble,” that’s what the headline at the Wall Street Journal reads today. According to the article, a New York Times and CBS News poll showed that 67% of respondents think that Obama made the announcement supporting same-sex marriage for “mostly political reasons.” Interesting. What are your thoughts?
The President’s announcement today shows how out of touch he is with the values of American families. The President continues to practice the politics of division and diversion. He’s tried to divide the country over gender, education, class, and now he’s attempting to divide families all as a diversion to his failed economic policies that have affected all Americans.
…I was proud to introduce the first Constitutional amendment proposal in Minnesota when I served as a Minnesota state senator. I’m pleased that this November Minnesotans will have an opportunity to vote to defend traditional marriage. I will continue to protect traditional marriage, despite our president’s decision to thumb his nose at the traditional institution of marriage.
Michele Bachmann, May 9, 2012
Bachmann’s response to President Obama announcing his support for gay marriage.
2-minute clip from ABC News where President Obama affirms his support of same-sex marriage. May 9, 2012, a monumental day in the gay rights movement.
Interesting article that speaks to how Romney and Obama’s views are the same, yet significantly different, when it comes to gay marriage. It’s also interesting to learn more about Romney’s previous advocacy for same-sex equality (we haven’t seen much of that in recent times).
What I found intriguing is the comparison between Romney and Obama. While neither candidate supports gay marriage, Obama has demonstrated (and even publicly stated) that his views on the matter or evolving. Whereas, Romney supports Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT), donates money to that scary group National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and has signed a pledge promising he’ll support an anti-gay marriage amendment.
I’d say the views of these two politicians are quite different after all, wouldn’t you?
Frankly, I think it’s unfortunate that the President of the United States is getting involved in a state issue, but that’s certainly his right.
State Representative Steve Gottwalt
Source: The New American
Gottwalt’s response to President Obama speaking out against the Minnesota Marriage Amendment.