POLL - President Obama's Support For Gay Marriage Sparks Greater Acceptance Of Marriage Equality

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    Jun 07, 2012 8:34 PM GMT
    http://www.freedomtomarry.org/blog/entry/polling-continues-to-demonstrate-impact-of-president-obamas-support-for-mar

    President Obama's first term has achieved real CHANGE and progress on equal rights for gay Americans.

    In a respectful and non-confrontational way - President Obama has worked to advance gay rights - and during his time in office the attitudes of straight Americans towards gay Americans have shown a dramatic turnaround from a majority opposing gay rights to a growing majority supporting gay rights.
  • Lincsbear

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    Jun 07, 2012 10:45 PM GMT
    I was impressed the way he managed to rescind the ban on gay men and women serving their country in the military.

    I don`t think he was forced to by anything like a Supreme Court decision? (The UK government lost its case in the European Court of Human Rights in 1999, and lifted the ban in 2000; so not exactly the bravest of decisions.)

    It`s a good demonstration of the best of the political system you were given by the founding fathers (and the constitution): the rewards of building and maintaining a broad consensus on issues.
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    Jun 08, 2012 1:50 AM GMT
    Not to discredit President Obama (I certaintly credit him to ending DADT - thank you for giving me a way to pay off my loans, Mr President icon_smile.gif ) but I feel as if the changes were really pertaining to his views.

    I think it just came out, while he was in office, that homosexuals aren't different from straights and thus people stopped caring about it. Conservatives here in NY were like "ehhh" when gay marriage passed. I always like to say that the true sign of progress is when nobody cares. Then you have marriages like the Kardashians that make a mockery of marriage and you throw that in a conservatives face about the institution of marriage and you really can't go against that it really isn't fair that a gay couple that love each other have less right then a straight couple who are doing it for the money.

    All in all, I think it's simply people are growing up. They are seeing that homosexuals can live happy normal lives and not want to boink everyone in the military or marry and live happily ever after.

    Or it could be that the economy sucks and there are bigger issues. I don't know really.
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    Jun 08, 2012 1:56 AM GMT
    IceBucket said... Or it could be that the economy sucks and there are bigger issues. ...
    If there's an issue bigger than equal rights, please let us know.
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    Jun 08, 2012 2:03 AM GMT
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    IceBucket said... Or it could be that the economy sucks and there are bigger issues. ...
    If there's an issue bigger than equal rights, please let us know.

    Oh sorry! I didn't mean to make it sound like there actually are but to a straight man, I think his #1 issue is how fat his wallet is. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people would prefer to have 10k in the bank then everyone having equal rights. Sucks, I know. icon_sad.gif

  • KissTheSky

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    Jun 08, 2012 2:03 AM GMT
    I think history will look at Obama's achievements on gay civil rights as his greatest accomplishment (at least of his first term). He's really transformed the country and made it more fair and more just. Even though the aging bigots will continue to bitterly resist equality for gay Americans, I don't think the country will ever go back. The progress Obama has helped achieve is here to stay.
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    Jun 08, 2012 4:56 AM GMT
    KissTheSky saidI think history will look at Obama's achievements on gay civil rights as his greatest accomplishment (at least of his first term). He's really transformed the country and made it more fair and more just. Even though the aging bigots will continue to bitterly resist equality for gay Americans, I don't think the country will ever go back. The progress Obama has helped achieve is here to stay.




    Because it was done without anger or divisiveness or a militant abrasive tone - there hasn't been any angry backlash from non-gay middle of the road Americans.

    The hate filled religious right of course are angry and bitter about the progress on acceptance of gay Americans - but we have a majority of Americans on our side now - and as you said - they're on our side "to stay".

    It will be interesting to see how the Repub party handles this evolution in attitudes towards gay Americans.
    They're on the wrong side of this issue and will have to become more accepting of gay rights - but a huge part of their base will react with rage if the Repub party drops their anti-gay agenda.