President Obama & His Same Sex Marriage Statment

12 May

I was answering a fellow EA Member blog post and felt I would post my answer as a blog post.

I view it as a simple political maneuver of sorts, and not one to put much weight in at that. I think it’s too early to pine for the LGB vote, seeing as he’s already Party candidate in the General Election. I think actively pursuing the vote this early could work against him in the end.

I agree that great strides have been made during his term in office, but attribute them more to initiatives at state level. You were fortunate to be involved with a more progressive company making available that insurance option.

Truth be known, the first thing I did upon seeing/hearing the soundbite was to pop over to ALJAZEERA to see if any escalated circumstances arose as a result of the recent speech by Lebanon Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, followed by a Google search for news of any U.S. foreign actions. (of which there thankfully were none!) Circling back to my beginning feelings, I thought his statement may have been made to create a lot of chatter among media outlets and the public.

Our government and media are quite adept in such diversionary tactics. A couple of personal beliefs and favorites occurring under Clinton term (and I loved Clinton) are…….
The Waco Texas Siege. Ask any amount of people / Why was the Branch Davidian compound invaded? I venture to guess 90-100% will say it was because of all the ILLEGAL FIREARMS on the compound. The media coverage was mostly guns this and guns that. Well……..Oddly enough, David Koresh was a licensed firearms dealer.
While everyone was so caught up in the whole Monica Lewinsky scandal,…How many of you were aware that Clinton launched Cruise Missile strikes on Afghanistan and Sudan?

You just never know.
Enjoy
Bill, Lynn, and Friends of Bewitched!

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14 Responses to “President Obama & His Same Sex Marriage Statment”

  1. alamantra May 12, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    Interesting post. I don’t think that Obama’s support of same sex marriage is merely a simple political maneuver. There is no real political advantage, if that were the case, and a number of risks and liabilities. I do think that they would have rather had this conversation after the election, and the “roll out” was premature, due to V.P. Biden’s remark. Rather, I think that this administration has been pursuing certain principles of fairness. Whereas the success of doing so is up for debate, I think that the actions have been consistent from 1. The fair pay act, 2. The health car bill 3. The refusal to defend the defense of marriage act 4. The successful repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell. The actions are congruous.

  2. alamantra May 12, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    (e)ALAMANTRA …I’d left a more detailed reply, but it doesn’t look like it posted, unless, of course, the blog is moderated …which is always recommended 🙂 ..So… is THERE A MYSTERY BONUS AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW?

  3. Zīle May 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    IS THERE A MYSTERY BONUS AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW? (e)ZILEART

  4. mrbill May 12, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    this was a soundbyte-op and obviously contrary to obama’s previous comments on this topic

    I support domestic partnerships for anyone/everyone with the benefits, rights, and of course responsibilities that should come with …but… don’t come asking for a “marriage certificate” for same-sex couples.

  5. Sia Abderezai May 12, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    Support the right to marriage, but the hollowness of the endorsement and its timing is sad.

  6. philatea May 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

    I think you’re probably right…from this side of the pond (I’m in the UK) it just seems as though he wants the media attention because ‘watchers’ generally feel that as it’s a state issue anyway he can say what he likes….
    Funny way to do business but hey, he’s the Pres I guess.

    PhilipJLyons from EA

  7. emmageraln May 12, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    It was a political move. It’s topic that some (morons) find challenging so he’s decided to take a strong position to get it out the way, in the open and garner support.

  8. Alamantra (@alamantra) May 12, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    Though his pronouncement certainly has political ramifications, I see it as more than political. It is historic. He is the first president in the history of this country to support a broad range of same-sex civil rights issue: refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, repealed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell …and now this. There are many people who needed to see this from the POTUS, regardless of who the POTUS was/is. I have a close relative who is gay. When his partner fell ill and eventually died, he had no rights to look after the person he cared for. I saw, firsthand, the grief and a needlessly deplorable and heart-wrenching situation. That was several years ago and I had my “evolution,” then. Though President Obama’s support of same-sex marriage/civil unions doesn’t change any laws or, in itself, level the playing field, it does dramatically raise the profile of this issue and it reminds us that it’s never the wrong time to do the right thing: Equal opportunity and equal protection under the law means everyone.

  9. Greg Gazin (@gadgetgreg) May 12, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    interesting.

  10. Jon (@joncmu) May 13, 2012 at 12:04 am #

    Yes, it was a political move, and I agree that our government is very good at “wagging the dog.” Of course, the public is also very good at getting easily distracted. (e)JonCMU

  11. milieunet May 13, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    Just a campaign move

  12. Nio May 14, 2012 at 7:57 am #

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  13. cleanenergyview May 15, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Smart campaign move, indeed. (e) CLEANENERGY “IS THERE A MYSTERY BONUS AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW”?

  14. abdulrbutt May 24, 2012 at 12:18 am #

    very interesting post, I hope more people get awareness

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