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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

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  1. s

    "outraged conservative Christian leaders" The new American Taliban. They make you live by their rules and think their way. They will take away your rights. Heck, married gays don't have children unless they adopt, so they reduce the welfare tax burdens on the rest of us. Leave them alone.

    May 10, 2012 at 6:12 am |
    • T

      No.

      May 10, 2012 at 6:17 am |
    • Sign me up MR OBAMA

      amen brutha!

      May 10, 2012 at 6:20 am |
  2. martog

    Top Ten Signs You're a Christian
    10 – You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.
    9 – You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.
    8 – You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.
    7 – Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Allah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees!
    6 – You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.
    5 – You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.
    4 – You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs – though excluding those in all rival sects – will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving."
    3 – While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christianity.
    2 – You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.
    1 – You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history – but still call yourself a Christian.

    May 10, 2012 at 6:07 am |
    • jim

      what an intolerant bigot you are.

      May 10, 2012 at 6:14 am |
    • Sign me up MR OBAMA

      excellent list... as a current and avid Christian... I completely agree. Things have to change – if the faith is going to survive another 1,000 years. Then again, maybe Nietzsche was right. Maybe God has to 'die' for us to become more like what we think God wants us to be – truly tolerant, truly filled with hope, and absolutely faithful.

      May 10, 2012 at 6:24 am |
    • ajbuff

      Hilarious!

      May 10, 2012 at 6:26 am |
    • SOAPY32

      MARTOG this a fine list many of us apreciate the hard work of intlectuals like you shining light into darkness of christian usa there are truths that they close there eyes to as CATHOLIC CHURCH NEST OF VIPERS TRIES TO HIDE other branches mehtodist baptist are no better only less power but contribute to lies darkness and misery of christian usa most if not more than GODLESS SODOMITE POPE shine the beacon!!

      May 10, 2012 at 6:28 am |
    • martog

      gee Jim. What in my list makes me an Intolerant Bigot? Can you refute WITH FACTS one thing I posted? Or do you call me names because the truth hit home when you read it?

      May 10, 2012 at 6:49 am |
  3. Aristocles

    For those who think that gay "marriage" will win, know that it is losing by the very "close" margin of only 31-0, with another probable loss in Minnesota this November.

    May 10, 2012 at 6:00 am |
    • ajbuff

      National polls show 50% in support and 48% against. But beware Republicans, the next generation which will begin voting in the next year is overwhelmingly supportive of gay marriage because they have been raised with much more tolerance and openness. They ALL have openly gay friends and understand the inhumanity of these laws. Good luck over the next 10 years holding your ground.

      May 10, 2012 at 6:05 am |
    • q.ee.r.nation

      This is the Q.u.e.e.r generation baby. were going to get your kids no matter what you think so get use to it.

      May 10, 2012 at 6:19 am |
  4. tg

    Remember Plymouth Rock and the Pilgrms? Escape from religious persecution is what started this country. If there are indeed religious organizatoins who support gay marriage, they seem awfully quiet. I hope we can hear from them sometime soon.

    May 10, 2012 at 6:00 am |
    • ajbuff

      Actually Jamestown (Virginia) was first and there we had the first hope of interracial marriage with John Rolfe and Pocahontas. Sadly, racism took over with destruction of the Native American communities and the purchase of the first slaves in Virginia (1619 – BEFORE the Pilgrims had even left Europe.) Loving v. Virginia had to address the discriminatory marriage laws in southern states in the 1960s. They probably will have to do so again now – I hope the Supreme Court is up to the task.

      May 10, 2012 at 6:12 am |
    • brad

      In order for that to happen, media outlets (like CNN!) need to reach out to supportive religious groups (UU, UCC, etc.) to offer balanced coverage of the topic, unlike what happened in this blog.

      May 10, 2012 at 6:13 am |
    • Gay guy

      Its ok to support gay marriage, BUT, I DONT SUPPORT IT, THAT DONT MAKE ME BAD, A GAY GUY

      May 10, 2012 at 6:18 am |
    • tg

      I agree with you Brad. CNN should seek religious organizations who support gay rights in order to get their fair side of the story. So should Fox news. I think we should flood both media outlets with this request!

      May 10, 2012 at 6:36 am |
  5. ipmutt

    Two things that do not belong in the same sentance as religiion. One is Obama and the other is CNN

    May 10, 2012 at 5:56 am |
  6. gay guys husband

    Help me
    he beats me and smokes crack
    We really arent married.
    And he cheats on me with a black guy

    May 10, 2012 at 5:50 am |
    • Gay guy

      You are not my husband, and he is black and beautiful and u are a racist liberal dingdong

      May 10, 2012 at 6:05 am |
  7. Earthling

    Another opportunity for religious nutjobs to show off their hate-based philosophy.

    May 10, 2012 at 5:37 am |
    • brad

      I was hoping for a balanced article, showing that there are religious groups that support Equal Marriage, but I guess that's too much to ask for. Sigh.

      May 10, 2012 at 5:43 am |
    • Gay guy

      Nutjobs? SOUNDS LIKE U ARE THE HATER HONIE, VOTE OBAMACARE BACK TO SOMEWHERE, HES A JOKE PEOPLE. PUTTING AMERICA FIRST A PROUD GAY COUPLE WHO IS ANTI SOCIALIST OBAMA

      May 10, 2012 at 5:44 am |
    • Al

      'Nutjobs? SOUNDS LIKE U ARE THE HATER HONIE, VOTE OBAMACARE BACK TO SOMEWHERE, HES A JOKE PEOPLE. PUTTING AMERICA FIRST A PROUD GAY COUPLE WHO IS ANTI SOCIALIST OBAMA'

      Don't tell me...Prayer changes things...right? We liked you better as 'Atheism is not healthy for ...things'

      May 10, 2012 at 5:50 am |
    • polycarp pio

      You think that standing against sin is hateful,you have a repobate mind and cannot discern good from evil. The difference between you and me is that I have a set of principals I abide by reguardless of my own thinking on a particular matter, you on the other hand a guided by your own judgement and sinful mentality, you have no anchor, you do what ever YOU THINK IS RIGHT. PP

      May 10, 2012 at 6:14 am |
    • Sign me up MR OBAMA

      whooooya!

      May 10, 2012 at 6:19 am |
    • tg

      sanc·ti·mo·ni·ous (sngkt-mn-s)
      adj.
      Feigning piety or righteousness: "a solemn, unsmiling, sanctimonious old iceberg that looked like he was waiting for a vacancy in the Trinity" (Mark Twain).

      Only God can judge. Accusing or assuming those who disagree with you are evil is really, simply, stupid.

      May 10, 2012 at 6:48 am |
  8. SOAPY32

    a "free" society live and let live turn the other cheek i guess everything is just flowers and candy in the fantasy world tthat you live in but guess what? HOMOSEXUALS HATE YOU!! they want nothing more than to turn the straight masses in to weak diseased sickly PREY that they CAN STALK AND VIOLATE for their own unclean poisonous urges knowing that god holy spirit will never want them THEY LIVE IN HATE! knowing god holy spirit can never clean these toxic thought shameful worthless living in FEAR of wrath of god holy spirit "let bygones be bygones" fine and dandy but guess what??? THEY ARE PLAYING TO WIN!!

    May 10, 2012 at 5:35 am |
    • UK Socialist

      Please tell me this isn't serious.

      May 10, 2012 at 5:36 am |
    • Earthling

      How is it possible that you are not in jail? That level of hate and intolerance is enough to guarantee rejection by any religion except the Westboro Baptist Hate Society.

      May 10, 2012 at 5:40 am |
    • Al

      Glen is that you? Still mad that Fox dropped your show?

      May 10, 2012 at 5:47 am |
    • Gay guy

      Soapy32 YOU ARE A BIGOTED ANTI GAY PIECE OF NASTY CRAP, GO DROPDEAD, A PROUD GAY MAN

      May 10, 2012 at 5:50 am |
    • SOAPY32

      EARTHMAN i know it is hard to understand as news media EVEN PRESIDENT OF USA AND EUROPEAN UNION PLUS CHINA downplay issues or worst crime are infected toxic unclean thoughts or HIV PLUS TERETIARY PNEUMONIA worst lingering death you seem like you want to understand i pray for your safety to god holy spirit

      I am not member of godless sinful toxic poison WESTBORO BAPTISTS CHURCH THEY ARE AN AFFRONT TO GOD HOLY SPIRIT steeped in sin infected sickly wickly TERETIARY PENUMONIA leadership dying passing on lies and hurting to god holy spirit they have a blashpemed corrupt church in downtown austin texas usa built on druid stones carved BY DEMONIC MASTERS LORD OF BABYLON where they affront god holy spiriti with PROFANE SEX MAGICS ON ALTAR OF HUMAN BONES!!! they are no friends of mine!!!

      May 10, 2012 at 5:57 am |
    • funny

      Religion has always been the enemy of knowledge, peace and freedom.

      Our nation was founded on the concept of freedom of religion, or freedom FROM religion if we so choose.

      Churches pretend theyre against gays, but then they have priests that molest little boys.

      For thousands of years churches have rolled in cash by saying "Give us your money or youre going to hell"

      They're hypocrites who have deified themselves. Theyre so far removed from the glory of a righteous God they wouldnt know Jesus Christ if he were standing next to them.

      May 10, 2012 at 6:05 am |
    • SOAPY32

      AL i am not glen beck sinful toxic NAZI LOVER WORSHIPPING DEVIL no love for god holy spirit LOVER OF GOLD BOASTER BRAGGART enemy of man and woman!! i do not think that GLEN BECK BOASTER BRAGGART would post on CNN too busy hoarding his gold LOVING HIMSELF DENYING GOD HOLY SPIRIT i pray for your safety to god holy spirit

      May 10, 2012 at 6:05 am |
    • SOAPY32

      GAY GUY i pray for your soul to god holy spirit even though prayer is in vain as darkness poison sinful toxic heart in your body and soul prevents you from receiving salvation love of god holy spirit you cry out in fear and hate all who are not cast off in darkness in shadows of poisoin sinful toxic hate in your heart god holy spirit is infinte in love and peace and will cast down unclean spirits and evil in heart yes even in toxic hatefull heart of poison and shadows like you his love is so big BIGGER THAN THE UNIVERRSE!!! my human heart says it is in vain but i trust into god holy spirit to deliver your from poison toxic hate filled up shadows you call life YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LIVE IN FEAR GAY GUY

      May 10, 2012 at 6:09 am |
    • SOAPY32

      FUNNY you seem like a good person but it hurts my heart that you believe in false LIES OF SO CALLED SON OF GOD HOLY SPIRIT jesus christ god holy spirit is as big and powerful and IS THE WHOLE UNIVERSE if you tried to make all that power fit into flesh and blood human THEY WOULD EXPLODE how could life live if the POWER OF A MILLION SUNS was forced over pale sickly human skeleton??? they would burn up!! LIES forced upon dark ages humanity by CATHOLIC CHURCH NEST OF VIPERS LOVER OF DEMONS SODOMIITE POPE ANTICHRIST to make them powerless less than worthless only JEWISH FAITH AND ISLAM AND MANY ORIENTAL RELIGIONS UNDERSTAND TRUE NATURE OF GOD HOLY SPIRIT christian usa adrift in worse sinful hopeless darkness i pray for your safety to god holy spirit

      May 10, 2012 at 6:16 am |
  9. Franny

    It's sad that the GOP has lost their Party to the Tea Party bunch. It' also appears many of them have lost their minds. Leave people alone for God's sake, and mind your own business. Oh wait, that is your business. Playing God!

    May 10, 2012 at 5:06 am |
    • Gay guy

      Franny why dont u LIBERAL straights LEAVE US GAYS ALONE, WE DONT WANT U OR OBAMA, PUTTING AMERICA FIRST, ( GAY FOLKS ) OBAMA HAS LOST THE GAY VOTE PERIOD, WE LOVE AMERICA AND HE IS RUINING AMERICA

      May 10, 2012 at 5:12 am |
    • UK Socialist

      @ "Gay guy" please stop. I think it's quite clear that you are either being extremely ignorant on this matter or are trolling.

      May 10, 2012 at 5:15 am |
    • Gay guy

      Uk socialist, DROP SOMEWHERE, AND MIND YO OWN COUNTRIES AFFAIRS, NOT AMERICAS, PROUD TO BE A GAY REPUBLICAN, HEY OBAMA, U WOULD LOVE UK SOCIALIST,,,,,,,,SO GO THEIR, WE GAYS DONT WANT U,, OR NEED U

      May 10, 2012 at 5:26 am |
    • Al

      I bet Gay guy really is gay, but he's married with kids and goes to church.

      May 10, 2012 at 5:28 am |
    • UK Socialist

      I would mind my own country's business yet unfortunately I study politics and have to do some studies of American Politics, hence why I'm on this site right now (as well as the fact that American policy can have a dramatic effect on other countries) – I like to get involved when I research things. Also under the Conservatives we're in just as much of a mess. Please use appropriate grammar too, if you don't mind.

      May 10, 2012 at 5:31 am |
    • Gay guy

      Al, I am married BUT TO A MAN IN CHATTANOOGA TN. WE GOT OUR HOLY UNION IN OUR GAY CHURCH CALLED FOR SHORT M.C.C. ON FOUST ST. THE POINT IS, LETTING GAYS MARRY LIKE STRAIGHTS DO IS WRONG AND A HORRIBLE THING TO DO IN FRONT OF CHILDREN,

      May 10, 2012 at 5:40 am |
    • Ton

      UK Socialist said "Also under the Conservatives we're in just as much of a mess."

      Let's see. You're forbidden to defend yourselves, your kids run in mobs and firebomb business, and your major cities are infested with Muslims who have established no-go zones for non-Muslims and over 100 sharia courts.

      And you blame this on conservatism? You need to either do more research or simply keep your yap shut for fear of embarrassing yourself further.

      May 10, 2012 at 6:04 am |
    • UK Socialist

      @Ton just..... wow. You'd make the English Defence League proud if they weren't so busy turning on each other after getting lost on the way to a protest. Whilst I commend you for not resorting to stereotypes I must say you need a bit more reading into this than Newscorp media and The Daily Mail in order to form a proper opinion on the state of the UK.

      May 10, 2012 at 6:32 am |
    • Ton

      @ UK Socialist

      If I wanted to read propaganda I'd just visit some Islamic websites. I'm not going to bother with the Guardian or similar rags.

      You can flail away and try to denigrate me, but that doesn't change the fact that rampant liberalism is destroying your country.

      Try dealing with the facts rather than lobbing meaningless ad-homs, or is that all you have to fall back on?

      May 10, 2012 at 6:43 am |
    • UK Socialist

      I like how the term "liberal" has become a dirty word in America. Kinda reflects the corruption and corporate greed of the GOP and its pro-rich propaganda is working. Wonder why countries in Africa and South America are so messed up? Ask the US Government. Thanks to the CIA funding of military dictatorships and consequent cheaper exploitation of resources, poverty is sky high and these countries are still recovering from the dictatorships. Capitalism in action. Also wanna know how Osama Bin Laden got so well trained? US Training in Pakistan during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

      May 10, 2012 at 7:12 am |
    • Ton

      @ UK Socialist

      Now there's what I'd call some farm-ready manure.

      "I like how the term "liberal" has become a dirty word in America."
      Only when it's being used as a tool to instill overtly socialist (if not outright communistic) tactics.

      "Kinda reflects the corruption and corporate greed of the GOP and its pro-rich propaganda is working."
      Sort of like the corruption and greed of the unions which were instrumental in sending all the jobs overseas.

      "Wonder why countries in Africa and South America are so messed up? Ask the US Government."
      No, thank the di ctators, Islamists and communists. Blaming America is a fool's gambit to cover up the real problems.

      "Thanks to the CIA funding of military dictatorships and consequent cheaper exploitation of resources, poverty is sky high and these countries are still recovering from the dictatorships."
      The dictators in the 'arab spring' countries were keeping the lid on the Islamists. Now the door's wide open to the likes of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists.

      "Also wanna kow how Osama Bin Laden got so well trained? US Training in Pakistan during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan."
      Careful leaking all those CIA secrets; you'll get knock on your door at 3 in the morning. Oh wait, your in Britain where they'll simply publish your allegations in the Guardian as fact. Bet the Zionists knocked down the towers, too. Providing the Muj with a bunch of RPG's to defeat the Soviets really isn't an endorsement to attack America, now is it? Think we had a reason for invading Afghanistan? Or did we just want the oil and lithium like the Russians did? Your logic is back-asswards, but then again, it really isn't logic, is it?.

      May 10, 2012 at 7:26 am |
    • UK Socialist

      OK Keep doing what the Republicans tell you, you'll be fine when the economy gets so bad you can't afford your insurance and can't get healthcare when you're seriously ill/injured.

      May 10, 2012 at 7:40 am |
    • Ton

      UK Socialist here is a fine example of building an argument on opinions rather than facts.

      Ah, yes. The time-honored "you'll see what happens" propagandist threat, which means that @ UK Socialist is just another logic-impaired thus impotent nit.

      May 10, 2012 at 7:58 am |
  10. Wrong Move!

    After Obama's announcement, Sarah Palin suddenly became a winnable candidate than him. It's now better for him to withdraw from the race and shift career as full-time gay activist.

    May 10, 2012 at 5:00 am |
    • Epidi

      Hahahaha! Sarah Palin is yesterday's news and will never get another run for the white house or VP. Hahahaha! Thanks for making me smile!

      May 10, 2012 at 5:01 am |
    • Gay guy

      Hey EPIDI, OBAMA IS YESTERDAYS PRESIDENT HONIE, THEIR IS A MOVEMENT in America and obama is LOSEING BIG TIME, GONNA LOSE HUGE, SO CRY NOW LIBERALS, WE ARE TAKEING OUR COUNTRY BACK FROM A SOCIALIST, AND I MEAN THAT. AND WHEN WE GAYS TURN ON HIM AND WE ARE BY THE MILLIONS, BYE BYE BLACKBIRD

      May 10, 2012 at 5:21 am |
    • UK Socialist

      Obama is not a Socialist. You Americans have no idea what Socialism even means. If anything Obama is a centrist, there's no way he's anywhere near the left wing of the international political spectrum.

      May 10, 2012 at 5:23 am |
    • Ton

      Foolish UK Socialist. Make sure you keep in step now.

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov6nwES3-vk&w=640&h=360]

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov6nwES3-vk&w=640&h=360]

      May 10, 2012 at 5:45 am |
    • Ton

      http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/jan2012/ndaa-j03.shtml

      http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/apr/30/new-obama-slogan-has-long-ties-marxism-socialism/

      To borrow a Python line, "I fart in your general direction." Of course in Grail that was used by the 'French' who are, at this very time, in the process of shltting themselves and flushing their country away.

      May 10, 2012 at 6:13 am |
    • Epidi

      @ gayguy – I suppose you think your shouting with caps makes your point any more pointless?

      May 10, 2012 at 7:04 am |
  11. Epidi

    If you don't want to live in a free and open society – and that means for EVERY American citizen – then immigrate to some bumblef^ck country that is run by thier religious leaders and see how ya like it. Iran perhaps? I'm straight but by god who your neighbor loves, sleeps with, & makes a life with (as long as it isn't YOUR wife or husband) is NOBODY'S bisuness but thiers. This reminds me of the bull headed hate during the civil rights movement for blacks. Build a bridge and get over it – raise your kids the way you want to – but in a free society you MUST have tolerance for others so you better teach your kids that too.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:57 am |
    • UK Socialist

      American religious conservatism is made up of contradictions and hypocrisy (very much like the Bible actually). They support freedom as long as it's THEIR freedom, including the right to suppress those that don't agree with them or don't fit their ideas of good MRKNS. Good for Obama supporting gay marriage, makes America look slightly less of a joke. But the opponents sort of ruin that.

      May 10, 2012 at 5:19 am |
    • Ton

      UK Socialist is just angry that the US isn't overwhelmed with a liberal 'religion' like the Church of England. Who's the Archbishop now? Rowan Atkinson?

      May 10, 2012 at 5:48 am |
    • Ton

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ope-1Zb5t-k&w=640&h=360]

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ope-1Zb5t-k&w=640&h=360]

      May 10, 2012 at 5:57 am |
    • UK Socialist

      I'm not religious. I'd say by default I'm agnostic due to the fact that I'm a realist and acknowledge FACT and RELIABLE EVIDENCE, and if there is rock solid proof of a god or gods then I'm inclined to believe that. But in all other ways I'm atheist.

      May 10, 2012 at 6:28 am |
    • Ton

      What a f'ked up statement. You're either confused and cowardly, or you're just hedging your bet. Bug ger off, Nancy.

      May 10, 2012 at 6:48 am |
    • UK Socialist

      Yup cos refusing to blindly believe in something without any evidence to fully support either argument is cowardly. Even if there was a god I wouldn't be religious cos all organized religion (except perhaps Buddhism) is intolerant bs.

      May 10, 2012 at 6:54 am |
    • Epidi

      I'm Pagan but I could give a rat's a$$ what religious flavor anyone is. It has no place in govt nor the laws we choose to govern ourselves by.

      May 10, 2012 at 7:02 am |
    • Ton

      " It has no place in govt nor the laws we choose to govern ourselves by."

      Here we have yet another person walking through life with blinders on. If I were to suggest to you that abortion is wrong based simply on a right-to-life position, absent any religious doctrine, would you devolve the argument and blame religion anyway because religion happens to share my RTL view? What if I organized a RTL rally and some religious-types who share my view happened to show up? Would you dismiss the rally by scapegoating and marginalizing the devout?

      All the little ass-hat atheists who think religion can be distilled out of any particular belief are fooling themselves.

      May 10, 2012 at 7:12 am |
  12. Gay guy

    Gay marriage is a SIN TO GOD, AND WE GAYS DONT NEED UR HELP STRAIGHT LIBERALS WITH ANYTHING, YALL AND OBAMA PLEASE GO AWAY, U ARE DESTROYING AMERICA, PUTTING AMERICA FIRST, A GAY AMERICAN

    May 10, 2012 at 4:37 am |
    • W.G.

      Well... your own words prove you are not gay , your just a straight republican from the south ( ya´ll)
      with an agenda , please crawl back under your rock and go back to sleep .

      May 10, 2012 at 4:44 am |
    • Gay guy

      Listen Mary grace, I am gay honie, believe me baby, but I put AMERICA OVER BEING GAY, AND U LIBERAL STRAIGHTS ARE GROSS AND WE GAYS DONT NEED UR LIBERAL CRAP, GOT IT GIRL, MARY GRACE, WE DONT NEED UR SOCIALIST CRAP, GOT IT!!!!!! GAYS FOR AMERICA!!!!!

      May 10, 2012 at 4:51 am |
    • Anthony Brown

      So who side are you on if you are gay sir Im lost unless you a gay racist repub who no matter what will not vote for obama

      May 10, 2012 at 5:05 am |
    • Gay guy

      Anthony, im gay, republican, and obama is a BAAAAAAAD PRESIDENT, GOT IT GIRL, OH WE AINT RACIST, IM WHITE AND MY OLE MANS BLACK

      May 10, 2012 at 6:01 am |
  13. Nodack

    Obama saying the sky is blue on a sunny day upsets conservatives. They aren't going to vote for him anyway so why write a story saying something Obama did upsets Conservatives? Him waking up in the morning upsets them. What his decision to support gays does to his base is more of a story.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:35 am |
  14. Cindy S

    And why did CNN not include progressive voices of faith? Millions of Christians and many denominations support equality. We do it from a faith perspective as well. Giving voice over-and-over to the same "conservative" groups makes it appear that they are the majority. As Pres. Grant said, "[t]here are always more of them until they are counted." It is time for progressive Christians to stand up and stop letting the religious right hijack the faith!

    May 10, 2012 at 4:33 am |
  15. ourjungle

    Obama needs the gay vote,as he has the u.s. muslim vote upset. Even if the u.s. muslims do not support terrorist acts, they do not appreciate Obama rocketing of their brothers' & sisters' heads with out due process of law, and occasionally (the other day) muslim womn and children are killed. Obama's muslim drone targets,are targeted by they are "suspected" terrorists.Here in America, we do not execute a person because they are "suspected of a crime. But apparently, Obama finds it acceptable to rocket off the heads of "suspected" muslim terrorist....

    May 10, 2012 at 4:28 am |
    • W.G.

      It seems as though muslims are voting republican these days , Grover Norquist is a Muslim who just recently
      became the U.S. Imam for Sharia tax laws . Suhail Khan sits on the Board of CPAC and he was a fundraiser
      for al Qaeda´s al Zawahiri . Suhail Khan also was a Bush appointee and started the Muslim Brotherhood in U.S.
      It seems most American terrorist are Republicans lately .

      May 10, 2012 at 4:40 am |
  16. Gay guy

    I am gay and gay marraige is BAD, I LOVE MY HUSBAND, WE DONT NEED A PIECE OF PAPER FROM UNGODLY STRAIGHTS TO MAKE US MARRIED IN OUR HEARTS, PLEASE VOTE OBAMA BACK TO WHEREVER HE CAME FROM, HE IS A LIEING FRAUD

    May 10, 2012 at 4:26 am |
    • Han

      Let's see if you still think the same when your partner gets hospitalized and you have no say in his medical decisions when he is unconscious. In fact, you can't even visit him.

      Oh but I guess you're just a Republican trying to pose as a stupid gay man.

      May 10, 2012 at 4:32 am |
    • W.G.

      I think more than likely you are a straight republican , with an agenda . please crawl back under your rock .

      May 10, 2012 at 4:33 am |
    • Gay guy

      No I am a proud gay man, for 50 long years my husband and I have loved each other, u crawl under a rock and take creep obama with u, not all gays support obama, SOME OF US PUT AMERICA FIRST

      May 10, 2012 at 4:45 am |
    • guy Gay

      It seems to me that you're lying or hates obama.

      May 10, 2012 at 4:46 am |
    • Gay guy

      Hans has a point, yes we need laws to protect us, but not gay marraige, THAT HURTS CHILDREN, MY GOOD GOSH STRAIGHTS LIBERALS NEXT YALL WILL HAVE US GAYS GETTING ABORTIONS, AND YES I HIGHLY DISLIKE KING OBAMA. PUTTING AMERICA FIRST A PROUD GAY REPUBLICAN!!!!!!!!!!! Go Mittens WE LOVE U

      May 10, 2012 at 5:07 am |
  17. W.G.

    The so -called conservative christians have rallied around a non -christian who is a Mormon and mormonism is
    considered a Heresy by mainstream Christians , and like H0m0s_xuality is also considered a sin . Mr. Obama is
    practising Christian . Maybe not a very good one or informed one but a Christian non the less . I can pray that GOD
    will move Mr. Obama in HIS dierction . It seemes republican christians hate Mr. Obama more than they love JESUS .

    May 10, 2012 at 4:12 am |
  18. The Truth

    He is a closet republican and his agenda has nothing to do with giving people rights! He only said he supports this because it stands for political gain! He is a mormon as well!! Do not let the media fool you!!

    May 10, 2012 at 3:51 am |
    • Da Moose

      You're confused and just plain wrong. His doing the right and moral thing will actually make it more difficult to get reelected. There's no political gain for him. There is personal gain for him...he's modeling compassionate christianity to his children and to the nation.

      May 10, 2012 at 3:54 am |
  19. Da Moose

    There will always be people who have to make someone else smaller in order to feel taller. I feel sorry for those who are so filled up with religious extremism that they justify hating and punishing anyone that threatens their fragile sense of psychic order...they are stewing in their own fear, confusion, and hatred. Poor people...they think "gay" is the problem...it's not...it's that they've let an archaic religious mythology prevent rational thought and compassion. They are trying to fight internal demons outside themselves. I'm a man, a republican, and a christian...and I've taught my children that these angry scared unstable people who war against gay people should be avoided because they can't be trusted.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:51 am |
    • Frank Bund

      I've never met an intelligent Republican. Or an intelligent christian for that matter.

      May 10, 2012 at 3:52 am |
    • D'BEARS

      Are moose liars?

      May 10, 2012 at 4:40 am |
  20. 3n1

    Flyonthewall, No one is forcing anything on you. Remember...you're just a fly on the wall.

    You don't have to chitchat about any truth that you can't handle to hear.

    Good day.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:44 am |
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