Obama says he's "evolving" on gay marriage

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    Oct 28, 2010 9:27 PM GMT
    http://www.thefoxnation.com/culture/2010/10/28/obama-says-hes-evolving-gay-marriage#disqus_thread

    "President Barack Obama told a group of liberal bloggers Wednesday that his views on same-sex marriage, which he has previously opposed, are evolving and that society is moving in the direction of granting marriage rights to same-sex couples.

    "I have been to this point unwilling to sign on to same-sex marriage primarily because of my understandings of the traditional definitions of marriage. But I also think you’re right that attitudes evolve, including mine," Obama said in response to a question from Joe Subday of Americablog.

    "I think that it is an issue that I wrestle with and think about because I have a whole host of friends who are in gay partnerships. I have staff members who are in committed, monogamous relationships, who are raising children, who are wonderful parents. And I care about them deeply," Obama continued. "And so while I’m not prepared to reverse myself here, sitting in the Roosevelt Room at 3:30 in the afternoon, I think it’s fair to say that it’s something that I think a lot about. That’s probably the best you’ll do out of me today."

    Later, Obama seemed to suggest that legalization of gay marriage is inevitable. "The one thing I will say today is I think it’s pretty clear where the trendlines are going," he added.

    Gay rights activists, many of whom have been deeply disappointed in Obama for failing thus far to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" and the Defense of Marriage Act--and for continuing to defend those laws in the courts, were heartened by Obama's comments. Some said Obama seemed to be laying the groundwork to change his position on same-sex marriage before a likely re-election campaign in 2012."
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    Oct 28, 2010 10:04 PM GMT
    I'm sure it has nothing to do with the times. What a crock.
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    Oct 28, 2010 10:10 PM GMT
    It has to do with votes. The Dems have shown that they are so unwilling to perform that gays are finally fed up. The Dems are realizing we aren't going to vote forvthem any more. And with races so tight, we make the difference. So now Too-Slow-O is evolving.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Oct 28, 2010 11:31 PM GMT
    Yeah, yeah, yeah. He is evolving about gay marriage. This is just more slick talk to get us to vote for democratic candidates on Nov. 2nd. So I don't buy this hot air. icon_mad.gif
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    Oct 28, 2010 11:52 PM GMT
    Obama better evolve faster otherwise I'm gonna devolve on interracial marriage.
  • shoelessj

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    Oct 29, 2010 5:08 AM GMT
    how convenient that he starts evolving right before the mid-term elections. wonder if he'd tell the same thing to a group of conservative bloggers.
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    Oct 29, 2010 5:17 AM GMT
    I didn't think Obama believed in evolution.
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    Oct 31, 2010 6:38 PM GMT
    I really don't understand the attitude of some gay people who threaten not to vote Democratic unless the Democratic Party starts treating LGBT issues more seriously. Clearly, we should continue to put pressure on our elected officials, but is this really the one issue that decides whether you vote for any given candidate? And is anyone really considering to vote Republican, or not to vote at all, as a form of revenge on the Democratic Party? Frankly speaking, given the critical state of the country and the world at large, that attitude strikes me as incredibly reckless and hopelessly naive. Get real, people!
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    Oct 31, 2010 7:04 PM GMT
    lol SB said, "Don't worry, gays are not capable of casting a vote for a Republican."

    A statement usually uttered by someone who is not gay. icon_rolleyes.gif

    You just insulted a whole slew of gay republicans on this site. Tell us, are they lying when they say they're conservatives that vote for republican candidates?

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    Oct 31, 2010 7:15 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidI didn't think Obama believed in evolution.


    Hahaha, ^ Great post.

    Can't hide in his closet for long. He is so indecisive and hypocritical it makes me sick.
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    Oct 31, 2010 7:20 PM GMT
    Probably a good idea to read ALL the article.

    Here's more:

    "Elsewhere in the interview, Obama revealed that he has asked a gay GOP group, the Log Cabin Republicans, to help him win between two and five Republican votes for repeal of the measure in the Senate.

    Obama indicated that he'd told the group during a meeting Tuesday: "You’re financing a very successful, very effective legal strategy, and yet the only thing you really need to do is make sure that we get two to five Republican votes in the Senate. And I said directly to the Log Cabin Republican who was here yesterday, I said, that can’t be that hard. Get me those votes."

    Obama's plea to the Log Cabin Republicans is striking because it suggests they might have a greater influence on moderate Republicans than he does as President of the United States. (It's also a bit funny that he would allude to the "don't ask" lawsuit at all, if indeed he did in the Tuesday meeting, since participants were told in writing that the meeting would be immediately terminated if any of them brought it up.)"