I’m apparently the only one who thinks so, but I think it was a smart campaign move. Some of us in the center right are sick to death of religious nonsense like that ballot box initiative in North Carolina cluttering up our public conversation. Yes, homos are out there. They are utterly terrifying with their different-from-you-ness. Get over it, and let’s start thinking about real threats, like a nuclear-armed Iran.
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I’m not “proud” of the President, just as I’m not “proud” of Mitt Romney. They both made their statements for the same reason, and one that you alluded to, to try to win the election. I certainly belief that same sex couples should have the same rights and obligations as heterosexual couples. I’m not sure that gay marriage is the right way to go (marriage is a religious institution). On the other hand, the government has so entangled marriage with certain legal rights and obligations that the genie may be out of the bottle and be unable to be put back in. I’m never proud of statements made to win votes.
He could have just remained vague. I don’t think there is any shame in stating your principles when you are campaigning, and why campaign if you aren’t doing so to win? Your assessment of marriage is the same as mine: since it is a religious thing, maintain (of course) religious freedom—you’re free to refuse to marry anybody you want to in your own church. But property and a bunch of other things have gotten tied up in marriage laws, so the only clean way out (now) I see is Iowa-style. It would be better had the state stayed out of it entirely and simply enforced contracts, but that horse left the barn.
Well, Obama chose to stay vague about it until either he felt like it was to his political benefit to say something, or Joe Biden forced him too, whichever came first.
Great blog today, Lisa. Thanks.
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