Guess Who Still Opposes Gay Marriage?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

If you guessed Maggie Gallagher, Tony Perkins, Rick Warren, Pat Robertson, Joyce Meyer, Billy Graham, Rush Limbaugh, Laura Schlessinger, Michael Savage, Sarah Palin, and John McCain, well, you would be partially correct.

Less than 24 hours after a Federal judge overturned Proposition 8, California’s gay marriage ban, President Obama dispatched White House spokesman David Axelrod to reassure the president’s Christian-base that while Mr. Obama opposed Proposition 8 as “divisive and mean spirited,” and he will “continue to promote equality,” just not equality that includes marriage equality.

Axelrod told MSNBC today:

“The president does oppose same-sex marriage, but he supports equality for gay and lesbian couples, and benefits and other issues, and that has been effectuated in Federal agencies under his control.”

Got that?

Sadly, overturning Proposition 8 did not change the president’s narrow mindedness on same-sex marriage, and frankly, I didn’t think it would and, I don’t fault him.

So I hope President Obama won’t fault me in 2012 when he asks for my time, money and vote in his bid for reelection and I am forced to decline his request. I’m through with the president’s fence straddling on LGBT rights. Especially, on the fundamental right of marriage equality.

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30 Responses to Guess Who Still Opposes Gay Marriage?

  1. Bungy says:


    I’ve heard some punditry this morning that suggests this ruling is not what the Dems wanted because it mobilizes the conservative base of the GOP to make gay marriage a wedge issue again in the midterm elections and probably 2012 as well.

    What saddens me about Obama’s immediate lackluster response is not his hesitation about a fundamental civil right, but his and the Dems’ general lack of spine and vision. I’ve watched with real sadness and frustration as he let the opportunity of the Gulf spill slide by with no real environmental reform proposed as a response. And now this.

    What used to read (at least partially) as political prudence and strategy now just seems spineless. We traded in a political philosophy of preemptive invasion for one of preemptive compromise. If only he were one tenth of the liberal (or even socialist) threat the Right continually paints him to be.

  2. Prairiedog says:

    The irony of Obama’s current cowardice vis a vis gay marriage is, back in Chicago circa’ 1996, 1997 and 1998, he was an outspoken supporter of marriage equality.

    But when Obama realized he saw his future was in national office, he knew he had to throw “teh gays” under the bus to placate the religious right.

    The fallacy of Obama’s thinking is, this is a group who would never support Obama in the first place so you have to wonder what the hell Obama is thinking?

  3. DMason says:

    There was a time, not too many decades ago, when Barack Obama’s parents — a white woman from the Midwest and a black man from Kenya, wouldn’t have been allowed to get married in the USA. It’s curious Mr. Obama doesn’t think about this when he’s telling people he’s opposed to gay marriage.

  4. Rachel says:

    Clinton threw “teh gays” under the bus too. Obama is no better or worse than Clinton. It really angers me when I see Democrats do this over and over and the sad reality is, where do gay Americans go? Until I see major changes in the policy making by the people I vote for, don’t look for me to reelect them either.

  5. stradella says:

    Barack’s what we call a black of convenience.

    He talks real good when he has to, like when he’s in a class of white folks or in a job interview. It ain’t till he’s home that Barack talks slang or patois.

    The flip side of a black of convenience is, they forget what it’s like being under the thumb of their Massa.

  6. ZarathustraMike says:

    You want a ‘Civil Union’ fine…. but don’t call it a marriage………

  7. Harry says:

    Obama isn’t the worst we can do but he’s not the best either. One job of a president is to lead and Obama is too timid to lead the country on LGBT rights.

  8. Jolly Roger says:

    LET THEM make it a wedge issue. Let them put it right next to their racism. 2010 will not be 2004, and neither will 2012. If the milquetoast dems actually ran some people to the left, they might be SHOCKED at what they’d see in the way of turnout.

  9. Randy Arroyo says:

    I hoped Obama might move to the left once elected but he’s firmly a centrist-right Democrat and this will alienate many liberals and progressives who don’t want a centrist-right Democrat in the White House.

  10. fran says:

    Somewhat less equal

    Hell – the Mexican Supreme court just ruled in favor of the Constitutionality of Gay marriage. They will address if it is to be nationwide… perhaps next week.

    So our neighbors to the north~ Canada & now our neighbors to the south- Mexico are more up to speed w the 21 century & true equal rights, leaving the US looking woefully unequal.
    Change & Hope are looking like Not & Nope.

  11. Matteo says:

    Read Jason Linkin’s column in Huff Po.

    Right now, LGBT citizens are trapped in a choice between a party that opposes their very existence and a party that, you know, kind of wishes them well. And so the typical policy among Democrats is to do as little as possible for as long as they can, figuring that if the Republican party never changes its position, they can string along the LGBT community for a long while before they have to lay their marker down and risk the vote of any single voter who opposes gay rights.

  12. Joe in Colorado says:

    Obama is starting to remind me of Bush. I am really not comfortable with his pro-Wall Street, pro-bank, and pro-Big Pharma policies.

  13. Bel Ami says:

    So why exactly does President Obama oppose gay marriage? This is a serious question?

    He was all for in the mid-to-late 1990s and the people of Illinois support it, so is it really just another moron politician courting the extremists in the opposite party or did he have a religious conversion of sorts?

  14. I’m opposed to blowing people up into bloody chunks via munitions, but I’m pro-war.

    Goopers are crazy corporates and dums are cowardly corporates.

  15. ZarathustraMike says:

    Heeeeeeeeeeeeey I’m a raging Heterosexual, should we legalize that?

  16. lea-lea says:

    Obama needed the Netroots to get elected and along with the Netroots comes the gays.

    The president needed to court all the so-called special interest groups if he wanted to win the endorsement of the Netroots. Obama never intended to go to bat for the gay community once he was elected but, let’s see him get reelected without the gay community.

  17. Estacada says:

    Obama never had a template to address gay rights.

    He clearly hoped the gays would be so happy once Bush was gone and he and Biden were running the country that no one would hold him accountable on his many campaign promises to the gay Americans.

    Talk about naive? 🙂

  18. taco says:

    Why is Michelle in Spain? Has she had enough of Barack too?

  19. Massagatto says:

    If Barack can’t or won’t stand-up for gay equality, then I think gay Americans have no alternative but to look elsewhere in ’12.

    Maybe Barack is still smarting over the GLOBE story that had the First Lady in tears.

    According to the GLOBE:

    PRESIDENT Barack Obama is caught up in a new gay sex and drug scandal – and his loving wife is heartbroken, sources tell GLOBE in a blockbuster world exclusive. Michelle Obama received a letter from a MAN who claims to be her husband’s lover – and how America’s devastated First Lady is fighting back against a shocking new tell-all book.

    Now, it’s a well known fact that many black brothers are on the so-called “DL” or down low, and whether or not the president prefers a little male tail from time to time is not for me to say but, as others have pointed out, Barack was far more evolved on the issue of gay marriage 12 and 15 years ago.

    What happened?

  20. bradfrmphnx says:

    President Barack Obama promised the LGBT activist movement before the election that he would openly and aggressively support their objectives. During the Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama spoke to a group of gay, lesbian and transgender activists and promised to enact their goals.

    YOU LIE!!!

  21. feminazi says:

    I am extremely disappointed in President Obama’s lack of leadership on gay issues. As Commander in Chief, he has a duty to lead by example. From what I see, his example is to appoint openly gay Americans to positions in his administration but on substance, like marriage, he sits on his hands and smiles pretty for the camera.

  22. Peace Nick says:

    OK, Mr. President. We get it.

    The day after the monumental pushback against bigotry and homophobia you chose to stand with bigotry and homophobia. Wrong! Big, wet, nasty, wrong and I too, have had all I can take.

    Who are we supporting in 2012?

  23. Seabec says:

    So President Obama is still opposed to gay marriage?

    Well, Mr. President, I’m opposed to you living in the White House and unless you drop your prejudice and join the 21st century, I plan to vote your ass out of office in 2 1/2 years. The choice is yours.

  24. Boo! Another letdown in the Obama category.

  25. Brigadoon says:

    The Netroots must start the process of finding a viable challenger to challenge Obama in the primary. He’s failed us on everything from Deepwater Horizon, to internet privacy, repealing DOMA and DADT, ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and jobs. He’s an empty suit who gives a nice speech and nothing more.

  26. Joe says:

    He won’t be getting my vote in 2012. BP, the Banks, and lying to gays. Why didn’t he run as a republican.

  27. Filipe4You says:

    I’ll play Devil’s advocate here.

    Let’s say Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and the Defense of Marriage Act are repealed, ENDA is the law of the land and the troops are out of Afghanistan by 2012, would all of you vote to reelect Obama?

    I know I would.

  28. VicoDANIEL says:


    I no longer think the repeal of either DADT or DOMA is a priority for this administration. Maybe it never was a priority. It was just pretty promises to win the LGBT vote?

    As far as ENDA is concerned, from everything I’ve read, it’s DOA for 2010. That’s a shame, in my view and something I can’t forgive Pelosi for.

    The problem with President Obama and his team is really a simple one: he never had a blueprint for LGBT issues. Sure, he appointed a number of gay and lesbian people to cabinet positions but I think this was designed to be a bone he could toss our way and then say, “see, I’m your fiercest advocate,” when in reality, he played us for dopes.

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  30. watching Axelrod twist on tv in trying to answer the Prop 8 questions was nothing short of amusing.

    big surprise – obama is trying to have it both ways

    bigger suprise – it wont work anymore. obama needed the gay vote (and a whole bunch of other “pesky minorities”) in 2008.

    many have become so discouraged with him – what change? – they really might stay home. problem is the nuts on the right – or rather the insane on the right – always have someone that will elect, and the sane on the left/progressive and rationale people are always left voting for someone who is just not one of them.

    sadly obama has become someone is not a republican – and that is it

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