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Obama's gay marriage support riles religious conservatives, but political effects not yet clear
President Barack Obama addressing a gay rights group in 2011.
May 9th, 2012
04:55 PM ET

Obama's gay marriage support riles religious conservatives, but political effects not yet clear

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage on Wednesday outraged conservative Christian leaders, who vowed to use it as an organizing tool in the 2012 elections, but the move is also activating the liberal base, raising big questions about who gains and loses politically.

“It cuts both ways - it activates both Democratic and Republican base voters,” said John Green, an expert on religion and politics at the University of Akron. “The most likely effect is that it makes an already close election even closer.”

In an interview with ABC News, Obama said, "At a certain point I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."

The announcement puts Obama at odds with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who opposes same-sex marriage and who voiced that opposition in an interview on Wednesday.

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"Considering that 10 of the 16 battleground states have marriage amendments that could be overturned by the president's new policy position on marriage, today's announcement almost ensures that marriage will again be a major issue in the presidential election,” said Tony Perkins, president of the the conservative Family Research Council.

“The president has provided a clear contrast between him and his challenger, Mitt Romney," Perkins continued. "Romney, who has signed a pledge to support a marriage protection amendment to the U.S. Constitution, may have been handed the key to social conservative support by President Obama."

Obama stressed in the interview that his support was personal and that he would leave the issue of marriage to the states. But many conservatives chafed at the idea that the president's personal views would not affect public policy.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, released a statement saying the president's comments were "deeply saddening." Dolan's statement continued, "I pray for the President every day, and will continue to pray that he and his Administration act justly to uphold and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

Bishop Harry Jackson, the senior pastor of Hope Christian Church outside of Washington, DC, said that "I think the president has been in this place for awhile and that he chose this time because he thought that it might shift the balance of power." Jackson has long campaigned against same-sex marriage.

Ralph Reed, a top organizer among religious conservatives, said Obama’s announcement was a “gift to the Romney campaign.”

Romney, a Mormon who has evolved to a more conservative position on hot button social issues, has struggled with his party's largely evangelical conservative base in the primaries. But Reed said Obama’s gay marriage support would help Romney in many battleground states.

“The Obama campaign doesn’t have to worry about New York and California,” Reed said. “They have to worry about Ohio, Florida and Virginia and I don’t’ see evidence that it’s a winning issue in those states.”

Green said that public opinion about gay marriage has been shifting dramatically in recent years, with some polls showing more support than opposition. Green said that in many battlegrounds, including Ohio, it's impossible to nail down current public opinion on same-sex marriage. A Gallup Poll conducted this month found that 50% of American adults support legal recognition of same-sex marriage, while 48% oppose it.

Reed noted that same-sex marriage bans have passed in virtually every state they have appeared on the ballot, including in North Carolina on Tuesday. That’s a typically red state that Obama won in 2008 and that is the site of the Democrat's 2012 convention.

Many liberal groups were ecstatic over Obama’s support for gay marriage. “Congratulations, Mr. President, for making history today by becoming the first sitting president to explicitly support marriage for same-sex couples,” said Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

In his interview with ABC, Obama talked about squaring his decision with his personal religious faith.

“We are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others,” Obama said, referencing his wife, Michelle.

“But, you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule,” he said. “Treat others the way you would want to be treated.”

One key Obama constituency that may be angered by his Wednesday announcement is African-Americans, who tend to be more religious than whites. Though they hew heavily Democratic, African-Americans are generally conservative on social issues like gay marriage.

- CNN's Eric Marrapodi, Shannon Travis, and Mary Snow contributed to this report.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Barack Obama • Gay marriage

soundoff (2,108 Responses)
  1. Dillon

    At 48, I've never understood the demonization of people who are gay. Religion has nothing to do with this issue, if you want to call it that.

    May 9, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • MuyGuapo

      Actually it does because all the major religions of the world teach that this type of lifestyle is a choice (and not a very good one).

      May 9, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • Venkman

      Ah, yes. And since religion teaches that it is a choice, it must be true! After all, religions have such a long and distinguished track record of being right on sooo many things. Since you're willing to put your eggs in that basket, I assume that you think the Earth is the Center of the Universe, that Muslim men have the right to kill their wives if they cheat... and while were on the subject, remind me again why the Church spoke nary a whisper during slavery, or when Hitler was killing millions of Jews? I guess since the church didn't condemn these things they must have been OK, right? After all, religion is the end-all-be-all of truth.... or, I know this sounds crazy, but if religion has been wrong on these other things, perhaps it is wrong on this one as well?

      May 9, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
  2. Hell Bound

    I know the greatest love was Jesus dying for my sin but I reject that along with most other posters. We gays are all going down together.

    May 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • Dillon

      No, Hell Bound, you're not going anywhere. You're just fine!:)

      May 9, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • Hell Bound

      I know I am a really crappy troll, but you have to start somewhere.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • Dillon

      Eh, I'll bet you're a cool dude.:)

      May 9, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
  3. c s

    Republicans have been moving further right since Nixon and his Southern strategy. White Southerners left the Democrat party and joined the Republican party because of Nixon's strategy and it continues to work to this day. All I ever hear from Republicans is about how hard they have to work and that their taxes are too high unless they want another war. When we have the Iraq war, the Republicans want to wear flags on their suits and have tax cuts. What type of patriotism is that wants wars and tax cuts? Romney is talking about another war with Iran this time. If anyone thought that the Iraq war was tough wait until they start one with Iran. The population of Iran of three times Iraq and they were willing to die by thousands against Saddam's Iraq. The Iran-Iraq war claimed almost a million killed. The idea that you can have quick victory again Iran is the worse kind of fantasy. So if you want another stupid war, vote Republican and you will get it if they win. The only Republican that understands the real cost of war is Ron Paul and he has zero chance of being nominated.

    May 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
    • rjtink

      I am sick of so many people – many in my own family – continually reminding us to keep our brave men and women overseas in our prayers and honor their sacrifice...then leaving it at that. They call it "supporting the troops." Anyone who doesn't understand that this is how it should be is a Godless anti-American terrorist. Apparently, the best way one can "support the troops" is to give them a heartfelt salute and a rowdy wave of the flag while a small tear sneaks out of the corner of our eye.

      Could we possibly "support our troops" in a slightly more tangible way? Maybe we can even share in the sacrifices the troops make, even if only in some small or symbolic way? Spend the money to give them everything they need to fulfill their mission...and then provide services to help them adjust after their deployment ends...and then provide support services to help them return to mainstream society once discharged – y'know, getting back into family life, getting a job, navigating the sharp mental adjustment necessary, providing health care that is more than just adequate,etc. When I suggest this to the jingoists in my family, I get no response. None. They look at me like a dog looks at his owner when the water dish is empty. Does not compute.

      Tangible support and shared sacrifice? I think there should be a law mandating that any time troops are deployed for non-peaceful purposes, everyone's taxes automatically go up, and not by fractions of decimal points. This will help fund the tangible support they deserve...and the increased revenue should be used for no other purpose. Just as importantly, this will bring a bit of wartime sacrifice to everyone on the homefront. We ought to feel a little of the sacrifice that our troops experience, and not just offer up admiration and a salute before going on with our lives unaffected by that war over there.

      They tell me the best way to fund military actions and personnel is to cut expenditures elsewhere. They miss the point. It's not just about making sure the volunteers in the military have everything necessary to fulfill their mission and then go on with life afterwards. It's about all of us feeling a pinch, making a small sacrifice, to support the troops that are making a much greater sacrifice and putting themselves in harm's way.

      This would have the added benefit of giving some pause to the lets-go-to-war-with-everybody-everywhere-we-don't-like types. Easy to shout and support military action everywhere when it has no effect whatsoever on their daily lives, save the slight cramp in your arm from waving your flag so vigorously. But "this is going to cost me MONEY? Let's reconsider and be prudent..." I also expect any President would think long and hard before deploying troops if it meant that he'd be raising everyone's taxes by doing so.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
  4. hal9thou

    Obama will win another term and DOMA will fall!

    May 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
  5. Ed Wood

    Cue scary organ music and flashing light show! It's that good ole fashioned Burn In Hell jive!

    May 9, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
  6. Gerry Daley

    The same people likely to scream about Islam have done their level best to impose Sahria Law – Christian style – on everyone. They are our very own homegrown Taliban...and just as odious. Their slowgan should be "One man and one woman – at a time." The Bible says little about marriage as we know it but is crystal clear on divorce...which most Protestants simply while in Catholicism getting your marriage annulled is no longer any big deal. Hyspocrisy from these people stinks to high heaven.

    May 9, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • Dillon

      I had a similar discussion recently. How can Christians legitimize their beliefs and practices when, in many ways, they aren't so different then those that wish to impose Sharia law. Look at how women are being treated now in terms of laws passed by mostly men(us).

      May 9, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • Zombie Jesus does the tango

      North Carolina's Amendment 1 is pure Sharia. California's Prop 8 is pure Sharia. Political Christians are jihadists.

      Same same.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
  7. Boots Baird

    Someday you will all have to answer to the Lord all mighty. He's the only one that has the last say or you could call on the devil which that's what you are all going too.......

    May 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • AJ

      Again, the hate. Why? Why negativity when religion is supposed to be about love?!

      May 9, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • momoya

      LOLLOL!! Boots believes in "devils"

      May 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • hal9thou

      I don't believe in Jesus or the bible, so all you just said doesn't make much sense to me. Guess when I'm burning in hell with Satan and his minions, I'll finally see the light.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What do you expect? The nitwit couldn't even write two grammatical sentences.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • Max Chong

      Yes I am going to ask God why he sent a Priest to me when I was 11 and told me I had to strip naked in front of him.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • Mark

      Good, Let GOD JUDGE not everyone else! As it says "ye who are with out sin cast the first stone"

      May 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      He who claims to know the mind of God is the greatest of BLASPHEMERS.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
    • KobraKai7474

      That is exactly the point. It is NOT your job to judge anybody. God will take care of that... and, unless your bible says something different from mine, Jesus Christ said and did many things and talked to and about many people, but at no point does he tell us to hate gay people and deny them basic human rights. As a Christian, I will stick with what Jesus Christ tells me.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
  8. timing

    One has to wonder, why now? In light of the issue in NC, his timing makes it highly suspect that this was just more pure political bull, no surprise though, 99% of what this guy says is pure bull and the other 1% is questionable at best

    May 9, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • KobraKai7474

      ...and I assume you can prove that right? I mean you have given very exacting percentages of what is bull and what is questionable so I presume you can back this up with statistics. Please share them or please stop lying through your teeth.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • Scott 1956

      You talk about bull s*** that the President says? How about that paragon of truth Romney. We know him as the person on both sides of every issue. Anytime he's asked a tough question, when he's on the campaign, he has to check with his contributers before he answers. He's the one that said let the carmakers go bankrupt, then goes on TV and tries to tell everybody that's not what he wrote. He's actally worse than spineless, he's a LIAR of the first degree! He doesn't want Obamacare passed, yet he passed the very same thing in Mass. A man of determination I see, determined to get elected. He's been running for President for 10 years, it's about time he lied well enough to get the nonmination.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      You've just never run across a politician who has the courage to say what he believes, even if it is unpopular. I guess you prefer Mitt who says whatever he think is safest politically, which is why he has been on so many sides of so many issues.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
    • hal9thou

      Oh, whatever. I'll bet good money he wins another term and DOMA falls soon after. MARRAIGE FOR ALL!!!

      May 9, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • Dillon

      I'm not always happy with President Obama and disagree with him on many issues, but what is 99% lies? May I have 5 or 6 examples?

      May 9, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
  9. gary

    We as a nation were created within the foundations of christianity and we have been blessed like no other country in the world.
    What we are now seeing is pure moral decay in our country.When the president endorses gay marriage it has become so much more evident that we are on a downhill spiral.The comment that he consulted his children is the icing on the cake.How can the leader of our country even admit to such an event?We must get this man out of office asap!!!

    May 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
    • Dillion

      How old are you Gary?

      May 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Sorry gary but america is not a christian nation no matter how much you'd like to rewrite history.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • Dillion

      Have you ever given thought that maybe your children look at the world beyond the black and white that maybe ours does

      May 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • Dillion

      You need to read the Jefferson Bible.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • Dillon

      Gary, you are invoking Christianity in a way that says your beliefs are right. Have you ever looked at history? All great cultures eventually decline? Why aren't you upset at the constant wars going on? Do you think God would condone incessant violence?

      May 9, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • hal9thou

      Gary, you need to get out more. What the hell??? Have you been watching "The Ten Commandments" over and over or something? Sheesh.........

      May 9, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • Scott 1956

      Gary, You better go and run down to your church of choice, go in, look up at Jesus and pray for us. But don't forget what the Bible says, about not making any images of God, or praying to any images. Or do you guys just conveniently forget about that part of the Bible?

      May 9, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • MuyGuapo

      Poor Obama. He will say anything to try to get more votes. This one is going to backfire on him though. (But he can still count on 99% of the African American votes because they tend to vote on skin color).

      May 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
    • Venkman

      Give it a rest. Just becaus YOU think its morally wrong doesn't mean you're right. And if you want to use the Bible as your beacon of morality and bastion of truth, I feel sorry for you. Do you think we should burn witches at the stake? Is the earth still the center of the universe as far as you're concerned?

      May 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
  10. Hell Bound

    I am gay and bound for an eternity in Hell. Let me have my fun now.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • BJJChecter

      Classic!

      May 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • hal9thou

      AMEN!

      May 9, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
  11. God's Oldest Dreamer

    I am not against the gay and lesbian crowds being equal but for Obama to stick it to the states is a willy wiener of sloppy seconds! If the commander-in-chief cannot legitamize all marriage "rings" of Life's lividness ta ntrums, then what good is he? What ever will the marriage rings of the b.i-s.e.x.u.a.l.s become since the Gay crowds are to be stately affirmations of nillie willie and the doggish logs of the commoner's wealth buckets?

    May 9, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • AJ

      He didnt leave it to the states. He said it was his personal opinion. how can the supreme court deny the bill of rights to gay people?

      May 9, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      AJ,,,,,,,,,,,, ,

      Bill of rights to the gay crowd? Really are such papers? Show me where such a bill is located here on the web please!

      May 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
  12. Scott 1956

    If you people want to get into the literal meaning of the Bible, well you're going to lose that argument! The right wing only brings up the parts of the bible they want. The rest doesn't hold much meaning for them.You know like "love thy neighbor", even if they aren't rich and lily white.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      I am sometimes far left and sometimes way right! Hardly ever am I a Centrist! Christ Himself is said to have "abolished" the commandments and the ordinances! What does this tell one about Christendoms' clutched idiocracies? Don't believe that Christ abolished the commandments? Here, read it in Ephesians 2:15,,,, "Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace;"

      May 9, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • Scott 1956

      Christ abolished the Commandments? Really? You're going with that? So none of the Commandments mean anything? You read this in the New Testament?
      God's Oldest Dreamer, Even people that don't believe the Bible, think you're out of your mind. That's being kind of course. Come back when you have an actual argument. Remember that Christians only quote the parts of the Bible they use, the rest doesn't mean anything to them. So if you've ever worn 2 types of fabric at the same time, you are to be taken out to the gates of the city, and stoned to death.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
  13. Blogifer

    Too much freedom is sometimes a bad thing.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • AJ

      Good point, but who defines what is too much freedom and what's "appropriate?"

      May 9, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • AJ

      Is allowing two people who love one another too much freedom?

      May 9, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • KobraKai7474

      That is exactly what they used to say in the Southern states during the days of Jim Crow, and, sadly, there are people who still believe it today. They were and are wrong.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      How can anyone revere freedom and say there's too much of it? What that means is they like their own freedom but don't care so much for yours. Dangerous egoists.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What exactly do you think will happen if gays are free to marry?

      May 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
  14. Rebel4Christ

    America has come to a point where we would rather come out of the closet than clean it.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • Rebel4Christ

      That seemed to make sense when I thought it up, but now I don't know what I was talking about.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
    • Jen

      No doubt you are speaking for yourself, and are no rebel, 4 anything.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
  15. Scott 1956

    The right wing of the republican party is starting to remind people of Germany, circa 1935. The rich people are trying to buy another election. And anybody who's against them is not a real american. The so called Christain's. You know them as the "people" who try to tell everybody how to live. As well as religious INTOLERENCE. You right wing nut jobs ought to remember Ben Franklin's funeral. All the different religons showed up to praise this man. Why? Because he not only gave money to them, but he respected EVERYBODY'S religon. Yet he championed seperation of church and state. But not the right wing not jobs, they want smaller gov't, but they are the first people to poke their collective noses into woman's health issues. Lets take a look at these people a little closer. They don't care about equality in pay for woman.They don't care about poor people. Romney wrote an article on why we should let the the carmakers go bankrupt. The issues go on and on, it seems the only people they like are the rich people who give them money for elections. That's really what the right wing prays too..........money.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
  16. AJ

    Didn't Harry Truman recognize Israel because it was right? Didn't Harry Truman integrate the armed forces...black and white sleeping together..because it was the right thing to do?

    May 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
  17. tnfreethinker

    It's unAmerican to deny others equal rights based on your religious beliefs. Way to go Mr. President! It may cost you votes, but it was definitely the right thing to do.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • Brenda O'Connor

      A Profile in Courage!

      May 9, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
    • PercievedReality

      Equal rights? They have every other right, so what are they missing? Marriage is a union of a man and a woman, they make future taxpayers by sacrificing their wants for the needs of those future taxpayers, thats why they get tax breaks and health insurance rights so they can provide for their family. What does a gay couple sacrifice to deserve these benefits? NOTHING!

      May 9, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
      • tnfreethinker

        I before E except after C....go back to school and educate yourself. Your definition of marriage is a religious one, and in the US we are protected against laws that respect an establishment of religion. Don't know about you, but I learned this elementary school.

        May 9, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @PerceivedReality

      Then should people who are naturally sterile not allowed to be married? Should a woman that undergoes menopause be forced to get an annulment because she can no longer carry a baby? Don't just leave with the question unanswered like you've done before. Don't be a coward and dance around it either. Simple yes or no question.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
    • PercievedReality

      Brenda,
      Profile of courage? That really is hilarious, you must be so out of touch with what is going on here in America and our foriegn policy its amazing! What a libtard (no offence)! That is OK because if this "profile of courage" gets elected again this country is doomed, and the last thing anyone will be concerned about is the poor gays not getting "Equal rights" We will all be worried about keeping our meager food supplies and familys safe from bands of starving people.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "Bands of starving people"? Where?

      You've been watching too many zombie movies. You really shouldn't worry about zombies. They like brains and you don't have any.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • PercievedReality

      @HawaiiGuest
      Yes the non-child producing man-woman marriages should get the rights because as a whole, traditional marriages produce all new taxpayers whereas gays produce none. Now, I believe gays should have all the rights they get through a civil union. Gays should have full hospital visitation rights and be able to will all assets to whomever they choose, overiding any claims from other family members. I do not hate gays, it just seems like they are forcing this issue just to make waves. I would go so far as to just give them the rights they are seeking despite my previous argument, just do not call it marriage. Why must it be called marriage? Calling their union marriage negates the meaning of a man-woman marriage, thereby violating my rights.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, right, Percy. It negates your marriage? And how about divorce? And adultery? They don't "negate" your marriage?

      What utter nonsense. Do you think your marriage will end if gays are allowed to marry?

      And what kind of weed are you smoking that makes you imagine that gays don't produce children? You moron, they're not sterile. They have children the same way many straight couples do. Educate yourself–about more than just spelling.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
    • PercievedReality

      Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son
      Thanks for your warm response! Ever heard of the Great Depression? Some very prominent economists are saying we are headed for an economic train wreck worse than the Great Depression, look it up! Besides, just look at the numbers that drive our economy, look at the economies of almost all other nations, what do you think is going to happen? People better get ready for some harsh times because of this president, for the first time in a long time the typical American family will be hungry, the most poor starving to death. Did that answer your question?

      May 9, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      How does that in any way violate your rights? Does it prevent you from getting married? Does it stop you from reproducing? There is absolutely no way it infringes your rights. It doesn't stop you from worshipping whatever you want to, nor does it prevent you from doing anything else.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I don't think you can even comprehend my question, you simpleton. "Some economists say..." Yeah, and many economists don't predict anything of the sort, Chicken Little. The fact is that the president cannot do all that much for the economy when the downturn is world-wide.

      Really, doofus, a bigger threat to the US is the ignorance of some of its citizens. You are right there among them. Learn to spell.

      When you manage to sound out the big words in my post, maybe you can bang out a response to my question about gay marriage and children.

      I doubt it, but hope springs eternal.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
    • Dillon

      PR, I don't entirely disagree with some of the issues you make. You definitely have some legitimate points there. I think what many people are saying is the quality of life is not affected by calling a union between two men or women marriage. We all move forward.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
    • PercievedReality

      Tom,
      Gays raising children is just another of their Obamanations, they should NEVER be allowed to infect children with their heathen lifestyle. I know where this world is heading, I know I cannot stop it, I am glad that I was raised in the 70's and 80's poor kids these days have nothing to guide them but a morally devoid society where nothing is taboo and nothing is sacred. Self and greed are the gods of this nation now and it will asphyxiate on its own vomit. God will prevail over this corrupted putrid world and not one moment too soon.

      Only gays could come up with something as disgusting as "shrimping" do you ever wonder what disgusting act they WILL NOT do?

      May 9, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      OK, you're an idiot.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @PR

      Your reality is horribly skewed if you really believe even half of the crap you spew on here.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
    • PercievedReality

      //I am an idiot? Does a union between 2 men or 2 women produce children? Did God (nature) ever intend for children to be raised by gays? Do you deny the higher probability of s-e-x-u-a-l abuse that 2 gay men raising a male child would have?

      Where is the flaw in my logic and reason?//

      I am done for now, you people believe whatever you want, children lose their innocence younger and younger. I stand by and watch my nation become more and more vile in every way and I am saddened. Yashua said " I weep for the children of men" and I share that disposition. And as far as chicken little, we will see very soon. Weakened industry, consumer society, exploding social programs, shrinking middle class, very high energy and food prices, 16 trillion in debt, Government borrowing 40% of the money it spends, greying of the society. I wonder if they were saying "Chicken Little" in 1929?

      Goodnight to all my fellow Christians and Good night to all the advanced primates, may true happiness bless you and true peace and love be eternally yours.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
  18. God's Oldest Dreamer

    Obama is a ninnie weiner of a souless man! He has not the religious guts to stand upon Christendoms' principalities and he does instead send the gayness issues down the lines to the nation's states to be deciphered for their states status quo of morons who let societies' vanities of belittlements' gayeties sarcastic redundancies lay waste to the leveraged fulcrums candor! Eat of the glutton's platefull! Drink of the acoholics liquors with zealotry! Get laid in the gay arenas of sensualisms professings!

    May 9, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • GaryOwen27

      Common man, don't hold back. Tell us how you really feel.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
    • Fvck em

      kill yourself...now

      May 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
    • Seriously

      Are you real?

      May 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      Writing a coherent english sentence is far more than just stringing words together randomly. Are you one of the monkeys randomly typing in hopes of writing a Shakespeare play?

      May 9, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
  19. AJ

    Shouldn't there come a point in a culture, society, humanity...where we have to start putting differences aside and move forward?

    May 9, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
  20. GaryOwen27

    Is he the President of all the people or just some of them? You know, just the God fearing ones.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
    • AJ

      He's my President because today he told my two friends today life will get better for them. No more name calling and people being hurtful towards them in the future. Why do people hurt another person for something that doesn't affect them?

      May 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
    • AJ

      Of course my friends are children of Satan and will spend all of eternity in Hell with him.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • KobraKai7474

      For 200+ years, no president of the United States has gotten 100% of the popular vote and, thus, every single president from Washington to Jefferson to Lincoln to Reagan to Bush was president of a nation with many, many, many people who did not vote for him and did not want him to be their president. Each one of them still governed as they saw best and tried to do the best for the majority of Americans. Barack Obama is no different.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
    • AJ

      Again, someone uses hate to legitimize their point. Why?

      May 9, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
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