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Where does Obama Stand on Gay Marriage?

Gay activists and bloggers have made much of presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain’s statement that he supports the California initiative defining “marriage as a unique institution between a man and a woman” as he does “not believe judges should be making these decisions.”  I wonder if they’ll now press the presumptive Democratic nominee on his continued obfuscation (as one conservative blogress who had written favorably about Barack Obama has observed) on gay marriage.

According to Carol Platt Liebau while the “Illinois senator opposes same-sex marriage,” he favors repeal of the the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  Without that law, she claims, every state in the union would be required to “recognize gay marriages” performed in states recognizing such unions.

Once again, Obama is trying to have it both ways, opposing gay marriage so he doesn’t appear too radical to more socially conservative voters, yet favoring the repeal of DOMA to curry favor with gay voters.  Another piece of evidence that the dewy-eyed reverence of many of his followers supporters notwithstanding, the Democrats’ standard bearer this year is just another typical politician.



  1. Well, it sounds to me that he would prefer a federal government that respected states’ rights and recognized gay relationships in those states that do while still accommodating those states that don’t. Isn’t that a conservative value?

    Comment by David — June 27, 2008 @ 6:49 pm - June 27, 2008

  2. Dave: Why is it when you guys like you say anything it’s usually a disingenuous falsehood?

    Comment by Vince P — June 27, 2008 @ 7:08 pm - June 27, 2008

  3. David, please give us your definition of “full faith and credit.”

    Comment by heliotrope — June 27, 2008 @ 10:55 pm - June 27, 2008

  4. The irony of this whole California same sex marriage business is that the electorate was moving toward it before the Supreme Court got involved. They are empowered to rule on the legality of statutes which they did when they overturned Prop22.

    However they should have stayed the results until the new initiative was either passed or defeated by the voters. Now it will be a rallying cry for judicial activism which will muddy the issue. California Polls are indicating a close call on the issue. Unless the Bradley Effect is taking place like it did in 2000 on Prop 22.

    Comment by HollywoodBill — June 28, 2008 @ 3:44 am - June 28, 2008

  5. .
    People are hypnotized with Obamamania and his Obammunism. Good fodder for Obama posters here. Posters about him reflect this puppy dogs, doves and rainbows feeling. The Obama Utopia.

    If Obama can stay pretty clean, do some good things as Senator, and then become Governor of IL, he could be unstoppable in 2012 or 2016. Scary stuff.

    I would dearly love to see a Jewish, African-American woman as POTUS. It’s not race or gender that makes it for me though. It’s political beliefs that matter, and socialism is bad for everybody, (accept those high in government or high-level academia) especially poor people, of all races. Obama is a dyed-in-the-wool Marxist, no thanks.

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    Comment by USpace — June 28, 2008 @ 7:08 am - June 28, 2008

  6. #1

    Even if what you assert is true, that would put him in agreement with George W. Bush.

    Final answer?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — June 28, 2008 @ 7:09 am - June 28, 2008

  7. Where does Obama stand on providing funding in order to seek a cure for Homosexuality? Stem Cell research might be the key to help these people afflicted.

    Comment by Dennis D — June 28, 2008 @ 7:56 am - June 28, 2008

  8. “Even if what you assert is true, that would put him in agreement with George W. Bush.”

    Oh really? Then what federal benefits is the federal government providing Massachusetts and now California for their state-recognized same-sex marriages? Do they get to file jointly on their federal return? Provided immigration benefits for bi-national couples? Social security inheritance?

    Comment by David — June 28, 2008 @ 7:02 pm - June 28, 2008

  9. #8
    WTF does Barack Hussein Carter II propose?
    Bush opposes gay marriage, but supports the State’s Rights to decide on civil unions, just like Snobama, Clinton, Gore, Edwards, Kerry etc.

    WTF did the great Capitol Hillbilly bestow upon us? What Senate legislation has Hillary or the unquestioned Obamessiah put forth?

    …and the horse you rode in on.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — June 29, 2008 @ 7:43 am - June 29, 2008

  10. So you’d rather have McCain with his (according to you) “straight talk”? If either candidate gets what he wants, isn’t Obama’s splitting the difference better than what we would get under McCain?

    Comment by jonesey12 — June 29, 2008 @ 4:48 pm - June 29, 2008

  11. Dennis D, a cure are you serious? I hope that was a joke because it sure sounded like one. Im content and love me just the way I am. wow you have issues…

    Comment by WildOnJordan — September 3, 2008 @ 11:49 pm - September 3, 2008

  12. I am a Gay American. I work a full time job, I pay my bills, I vote, I pay taxes on the house I own and have been with my life partner for 32 yr and 10 months as of today. I can not believe that not one of these canidates can commit to saying they believe in equal rights for the gay community by allowing us to have the same rights as a married couple. Come on America….we need a change….a change now, but we need to have a president who will acknowledge all of us not just a those they think worthy.

    Comment by Pat — September 6, 2008 @ 2:17 pm - September 6, 2008

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  16. sounds like obama says what ever is appropriate for the situation he is in don’t we call this the flip flop

    Comment by mila — October 15, 2008 @ 1:38 pm - October 15, 2008

  17. just let him keep going and that foot will surely fit in his mouth i just hope it’s not at our expense

    Comment by mila — October 15, 2008 @ 1:43 pm - October 15, 2008

  18. just let him keep going and that foot will surely fit in his mouth i just hope it’s not at our expense

    Comment by mila — October 15, 2008 @ 1:43 pm - October 15, 2008

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