President Obama’s Latest ‘Wiggle’ on Gay Marriage

Thursday, June 4, 2009

“I think gays and lesbians have a friend in the White House because I’ve consistently committed myself to civil unions, making sure that they have to visit each other in hospitals, that they are able to access benefits, that they have a whole host of legal rights that they currently do not have. I don’t think it makes sense for the federal government to get in the business of determining what marriage is. That isn’t traditionally the federal government’s role.”

Mr. President, Barack, Barry, what are we going to do with you?

Back in Chicago, not only were you a friend to the LGBT community but you supported gay marriage. What the hell happened? I have an idea: it became politically expedient to throw the gay community under the bus. It made you stand tall in the eyes of the religious right and social conservatives. If I had known Mr. Obama would kowtow to these people I never would have voted for him in 2008.

I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m weary from all the prevaricating by cowardly politicians but, I’ve learned my lesson and I won’t make the same mistake in 2012.

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11 Responses to President Obama’s Latest ‘Wiggle’ on Gay Marriage

  1. Brigadoon says:

    If he had any cajones he would just come out and say it loud and proud. In Obama’s America, the concept of ‘separate, but equal’ for gays and lesbians is acceptable. Very strange coming from a man of color.

  2. I decided I had enough before Nov. 2008. I reached my limit of pretty words and promises. Screw hope, I want to see some action. No action? Then you won’t get my money or my vote.

  3. Tengrain says:

    Christopher –

    I’m truly sorry. I know how hard you worked to get Obama elected.

    Let’s double-down our efforts to educate the man. The thing is, history is already against him. He needs to be in front of the curve. It will dawn on him at some point that leaders do not emerge from the status quo.



  4. The Magus says:

    Well Hillary at least has made certain all gays in her department receive same benefits as everyone else working there. Talk is cheap and so far on gay rights, Obama is simply talk. Has he ever attended a gay rights parade or march as Hillary has numerous times? Has he broken his silence as gay servicemen and women are being discharged because of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy? Candidate Obama said more than once, “words matter”. Yes they do. Sadly, he forgot to mention, words matters to get votes but once elected they are quickly forgotten.

  5. panasit (the Original) says:

    I believe President Obama is getting some very calculated political advice and unfortunately, some of it isn’t exactly gay-friendly.

    Although not perfect, thank goodness Barack Obama is president and not Hillary Clinton.

    Mrs. Clinton, is an unabashed aficionado of the discriminatory states rights approach to social and public policy.

    This is what she said during her appearance on the LOGO program during the primary:

    “And I’ve also been a very strong supporter of letting the states maintain their jurisdiction over marriage, and I believe that was the right decision, for a lot of reasons.”

    Could Mrs. Clinton be anymore vague? “A lot of reasons?” What the hell does this mean? Would she support southern states like Mississippi and Alabama outlawing inter-racial marriage too? After all, states rights was a compelling argument for racism in the 1940’s, 1950’s and even 1960’s.

    Obama has an admirable record on LGBT rights while in Illinois politics and I would like to think these views are still in his heart.

  6. bradfrmphnx says:

    How utterly disappointing. We can all thank Bill Clinton for DOMA, and the hand cuffs that places on the federal government. The disappointment also lies in Obama saying that he is for civil unions, and doesn’t think that DOMA is a violation of the 14th Amendment, which it is, and that the states that ban gay marriage are also violating the 14th Amendment.

    Obama carries more political capital than any past President I can remember. He won’t hold that power forever, and any nod by him, that it is time to change these discriminatory laws would carry great weight in what will surely become a SCOTUS decision.

    I understand the angst in as much as I am able to as a strait person. That probably sounds somewhat hollow when you have had to suffer throughout history, for being different only in your sexuality. Yet I hope your anger causes you to redouble your efforts for a SCOTUS decision! That is what you need for what you seek. The stubborn refusal by Obama to openly support gay marriage is indeed a far cry from what he said while campaigning, and I blame you not if he loses your support.

    Stand strong my friends.

  7. Harry says:

    I watch the YouTube clip and Obama almost looks like he’s embarrassed by his own rhetoric. It’s as if he knows he’s just warbling shit.

  8. Rachel says:

    OK, President Obama. You’ve taken steps to fix the ailing economy, laid out a plan to begin removing the troops from Iraq, polished up our image in the Muslim world. Now, how about delivering on you campaign promises to America’s gay community?

  9. TOM339 says:

    Give President Obama a chance to fulfill his campaign promises to the gay community.

    Like maybe, 2016, when he has a few months left on the clock and nothing to lose.

    Sorry to be so cynical but, this is what I think.

  10. libhomo says:

    The Magus: Every year, Ms. Clinton also appears in the homophobic hate parade on St. Patrick’s Day in Manhattan. She refuses to show up for the inclusive parade in Queens.

    Don’t ever trust Hillary Clinton. She’s even worse than Obama. She’s as hateful of a bigot as her evil, de facto Gopper husband.

  11. Mauigirl says:

    He can’t really believe that separate is the same as equal. I’m still hoping, as Tengrain says, that he can be educated as to the importance of that difference.

    Otherwise, then what? In 2012 we could end up with Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich, and even civil unions might be in trouble then. It’s like being between a rock and a hard place.

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