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Obama backs same-sex marriage, fires up both sides
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/10/12 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer

Posted on 05/10/2012 8:09:41 AM PDT by SmithL

President Obama's historic move Wednesday to support same-sex marriage could ripple all the way to the November election, helping unite his liberal base while threatening to ignite evangelical voters who have yet to commit to presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, political experts said.

But while the public debate over same-sex marriage has sparked explosive political clashes in the past, observers on both sides said it is unlikely to be a game-changer this year, when the economy is the top issue for most voters.

Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to support same-sex marriage Wednesday during an interview with ABC News. His statement, on the eve of a star-studded fundraising trip to California, came one day after North Carolina voters strongly approved a constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage and civil unions.

"I've been going through an evolution on this issue," Obama told ABC News. "I've always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally."

After talking to friends, his daughters, members of his staff, and gay and lesbian members of the military, Obama said, "it is important for me to go ahead and confirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who as mayor of San Francisco authorized same-sex marriages in San Francisco City Hall in 2004, said, "If you'd told me two weeks ago he'd do this, I'd never believe it, never."

With closely contested races in swing states likely to decide the presidential election, Newsom called Obama's move extraordinary, marking a level of "courage and conviction that you rarely see at this level of politics."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 0bama; bho2012; bhohomosexualagenda; culturewars; election2012; homosexualagenda
observers on both sides said it is unlikely to be a game-changer this year,
OH? What just happened in North Carolina?

And even in Blue-State California, many of the same people who turned out to vote for 0bama, also overwhelmingly voted for Prop 8. Now that he's outed himself, he'll lose much of his base.

1 posted on 05/10/2012 8:09:43 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

He did for Romney what millions in attack ads against conservatives could not.

It actually is making people on the right want to vote for Mitt (mostly against O).


2 posted on 05/10/2012 8:12:11 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (If case you are wondering, I'm STILL supporting Newt.)
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To: SmithL

Seriously, who on the left that’s “now fired up” wouldn’t have voted for Obama anyway?

On the GOP side, with Romney’s pro-marriage statement, the issue will win him support.


3 posted on 05/10/2012 8:15:26 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... so should voting!)
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To: SmithL
With closely contested races in swing states likely to decide the presidential election, Newsom called Obama's move extraordinary, marking a level of "courage and conviction that you rarely see at this level of politics."

Yep! That'll help Obama greatly in California and NY.

oh, wait...

4 posted on 05/10/2012 8:17:07 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... so should voting!)
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To: SmithL

I got to only the first reply here.....yours.....to see that someone already beat me to it.

You’re dead-on right. These “observers” seem to think that the American public can only think about one thing at a time (being the ignorant rubes that we are, donchaknow).

No, this is going to bite The One squarely on his ass. His gay friends can comfort him all they want after his crushing defeat in November.


5 posted on 05/10/2012 8:18:58 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: SmithL

We affirmed that marriage is an institution consisting of one man and one woman and no other combination merits that designation.


6 posted on 05/10/2012 8:19:03 AM PDT by BelegStrongbow (St. Joseph, patron of fathers, pray for us!)
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To: BelegStrongbow

Guess I misread. I really had the impression you knew, but couldn’t be sure. Sorry.


7 posted on 05/10/2012 8:20:12 AM PDT by BelegStrongbow (St. Joseph, patron of fathers, pray for us!)
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To: SmithL
Keeping in mind Van Jones's comments about Barry not losing black support even if came out as gay, it's interesting that some major news readers yesterday did not say that Barry "had announced" his support of gay marriage, but that he had "come out" in support of it.
8 posted on 05/10/2012 8:24:11 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: SmithL

Since they will not have homosexuality until everyone is nuked and irradiated and neutered, Obama is simply metaphorizing for nuclear war in the near future, or mandated health care neutering.

Planet of the Apes, here we go.


9 posted on 05/10/2012 8:33:58 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: ScottinVA

Speaking of which, surprize surprize, this was all a ploy to ambush Romney’s alleged derogatorial statements on gays when he was younger.

I mean, we never hear of such ambush on Obama.

Point is, Obama plaid by the gay rule in the dark and lied, never coming out of the closet, Romney plaid by the rule of the day as they were out there.

Obama never let the memo on the AMerican people about what the game and his game was all about.

But, the sheeple and liberal idiots, will fall trap into it, thinking it is genius to get caught that way, giving him the keys of the game we did not know about.

Interesting how Obama thinks he is going to get away with it, because now that he is in power, he feels confident the game of gay competition is not going to get to him the way it is going to get to us, in the hunger games he set up for all but he got out to play in, getting his way to the presidency with the nice protection of heterosexuals, heterosexuals like Romney.

Ah... Americans are stupid to vote for this only child who would hate to have had a brother or a father, and stomps on anything, because he has never lived but in fear of individuals.


10 posted on 05/10/2012 8:39:33 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: SmithL

32 states have voted and all said no to homo marriage
equality is what they say means equality for all and that must mean polygamists or any kind of marriage.

obama was forced by Clooney and others because he wanted their money.

Those who were voting for homo agenda were to be voting anyway for Obama.
Those who i have spoke to in the black and hispanic community have said that they will not vote for him and most Hispanics have said that if Rubio or the NM Gov is the VP pick they will vote for Romney.

Most blacks have said they will stay at home and this was the final straw.

Damn right this is a game changer, I thought there was no way we could win this but after his crawling for Hollywood money then i sense a victory

Clooney the homosexuals and the radicals on the left have done us a huge favor and thank you for that


11 posted on 05/10/2012 8:39:55 AM PDT by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman,It's not a conservative view but a true American view)
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To: ScottinVA

here in FL churches as well as Hispanic and black churches are fired up about this.THey are so pissed off with obama and lets face it.
Those who wanted the homo marriage were voting for their messiah anyway.

This is a great chance to take control of the congress and the white house now

He’s just pissed off millions of people, Catholics, even muslims, Hindu’s etc and if the GOP had a brain they would go to the muslims, in NJ, Jews, in NJ,PA, OH, FL go to Hispanics in FL,NM,AZ,NJ,PA and then blacks here in the south.


12 posted on 05/10/2012 8:44:17 AM PDT by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman,It's not a conservative view but a true American view)
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To: SmithL

This is not a “game-changer”... this is a TOPIC-changer. zer0 does not want to talk about the economic mess so he “bravely comes out” on an issue that everyone already knew his true stance. This is a distraction.


13 posted on 05/10/2012 8:46:44 AM PDT by r-q-tek86 ("It doesn't matter how smart you are if you don't stop and think" - Dr. Sowell)
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To: SmithL
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14 posted on 05/10/2012 8:47:24 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: SmithL

He fired up one side. The side that’s indifferent or opposed to gay marriage. He already had the voters who support it.


15 posted on 05/10/2012 9:03:13 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Socialism isn't going to work this time, either.)
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To: SmithL

All a diversion. IT’S THE ECONOMY STUPID.


16 posted on 05/10/2012 9:12:01 AM PDT by Pit1 (Obozo need to go back from where he came from and that's not Chicago.)
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To: SmithL

Just the Uniter-in-Chief making us all love eachother, again. Just like he has has his whole presidency. Yep.


17 posted on 05/10/2012 9:14:21 AM PDT by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: SmithL

Obummer should divorce Moochie and marry Biden.


18 posted on 05/10/2012 9:37:09 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (.Biden Bum?Who knew?)
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To: vpintheak
Just the Uniter-in-Chief making us all love each other, again. Just like he has has his whole presidency. Yep.

Divide, divide, divide! There it is, right in the title of the article:

"Obama backs same-sex marriage, fires up both sides"

19 posted on 05/10/2012 9:40:31 AM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: SmithL

Fires up both sides? Obama wants to fire up his base. This is why he did it. It is a sign of desperation. He is losing the young demographic.


20 posted on 05/10/2012 9:41:59 AM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

It was a “Hail Mary” Pass by Obama.


21 posted on 05/10/2012 9:42:39 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: RightOnline

It was a MSM orgy of adulation.

MSNBC had only left wing pro-homo kooks. Mika (should shut up and wear a tight sweater) was touting the fictional 50% poll.

CNN was the same, and FNC was obviously pro-homo.

IMUS is just unwatchable.


22 posted on 05/10/2012 10:01:29 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: All

the msm is pushing the meme that this “will have no effect”

even republicans are being selected in interviews based on their cowardace in marrage.

conservative is conservative.

homosexuals contribute nothing to the future of america.


23 posted on 05/10/2012 10:10:08 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: SmithL

The latest labored decision from the Office of the PIMPotUS


24 posted on 05/10/2012 10:16:48 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: manc

A few days ago the story was how empty the seats were at Obama ralies.

Before that it was how left wing donors were not giving to Obama. (the obama pac only had 50k from ONE donor)

Obama came out pro-homo in order to get money.

Obama needs money.
homosexuals had money
Obama needs homosexuals.

that simple.

it was the only group obama could tap.


25 posted on 05/10/2012 10:31:33 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: SmithL

We’re $15 trillion in debt, and going further down the toilet by $1.5 trillion a year; Social Security, Medicare, Post Office, Amtrak, and most states are bankrupt; the terrorists have perfected a C4 bomb that Big Sis’s lackies can’t find; all of Europe is in the crapper; The Islamists are taking over all arab countries:

SO LETS TALK ABOUT GAY MARRIAGE, while Zer0 panders to another fundraiser crowd!!

Folks we’re doomed unless we get rid of this nightmare.


26 posted on 05/10/2012 11:48:18 AM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: longtermmemmory

very true and this should be told t the black churches and Hispanic churches a well as muslims and more proper Jews that he sold them all out to get homosexual money


27 posted on 05/10/2012 12:52:34 PM PDT by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman,It's not a conservative view but a true American view)
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