For months President Barack Obama had said his position on same sex marriage was “evolving.” The past week when the pressure mounted for him to take a stand, he expressed his support for gay marriage.
According to reports, the president had hoped to come out for gay marriage after the November election and after voters would keep him in the White House for four more years. He was playing it “safe” on this explosive issue.
However, after Vice President Joe Biden expressed his support for gay marriage and by continuous pressure from gay rights advocates, the president came out of the White House closet and said he supported gay marriage. Also, this past week voters in North Carolina approved an amendment to the state constitution affirming that marriage may only be a union of a man and woman. That’s the traditional belief held by most religions and Americans.
Is this going to hurt President Obama in his presidential re-election bid? In spite of a recent poll that said Americans are split 50-50 on the issue, it’s definitely going to damage his chances of winning some states. The gay rights people probably would have voted for President Obama regardless of what he said prior to the election so there is very little or no vote gain in that sector. There are Democrats who support the president but may reject him now because they oppose gay marriage. Mitt Romney, expected to get the Republican nomination, is against gay marriage and in the end should gain some votes over this issue.
President Obama isn’t likely to carry Missouri and he sealed his doom in this state with his gay marriage stance.
The president said he delayed his announcement because he was keenly aware of how sensitive Americans are about marriage that invokes “very powerful” traditions, and religious beliefs. He’s right about this being a sensitive issue and it goes against long-held religious beliefs and values.
To us, marriage is a union between a man and a woman. The president’s position isn’t going to change our position. A man wearing a religious garment, in discussing Obama not long ago, said one has to look at the “big picture” in deciding to support Obama. We have and we don’t like what we see.