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Breaking: Obama supports gay marriage

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Dick Whitman, May 9, 2012.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member


  2. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    The gamble of the millennium in a tight race. Maybe he's confident that Romney will stumble to a goofy response, or maybe he thinks Romney will say something that can be used to paint him as a bigot. On the other hand, it could push the Teep off the fence and firmly into the Romney camp, as far as actively working for his election.

    I'd like to think this was principled on Obama's part, but I honestly can't assume that.
  3. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    LBJ lost the South forever because of the Civil Rights Act.

    Sometimes right is right.
  4. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    I'm not saying it wasn't right. I'm just not 100 percent sure he did it on that basis.
  5. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    This is a Big Fucking Deal.
  6. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    As one who's not able to see what he's saying real time, is he going anywhere beyond simply endorsing the movement, i.e. suggesting what he might do to move it forward?
  7. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    If you're a gay teenager, scared, and maybe ashamed of your sexuality, today is a great day.

    It does get better. The President of the United States is on your side.
  8. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    "Same-sex marriage should be legal." Maybe doesn't answer most of your question, but he did make an unequivocal statement.
  9. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    Technically, he went back to the position he had, personally, in 1996.

    Politically, he's still saying the states should settle the issue.

    So it's not like Adam and Steve can rush to the courthouse in North Carolina right now.

    But, yeah, this is still a Big Fucking Deal.
  10. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    He can damn sure push to get rid of DOMA, however. He might not be able to force North Carolina to marry Adam and Steve, but he can force the IRS to recognize Adam and Steve's Massachusetts nuptials.
  11. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    I suspect that he just is going to use the bully pulpit to advance the movement. Short of a Constitutional amendment or Supreme Court decision, it's not really an issue that can be handled on the federal level, via statute. I suppose they could use the spending power to tie state funds of some related source to legalizing gay marriage. I guess that would be the next step, similar to how the feds pressured states into lowering the legal drinking limit to .08 by threatening to withhold federal highway funds.
  12. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

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