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Anderson Cooper on Obama's Same-Sex Marriage Flip-Flop: VIDEO


Anderson Cooper talks to pundit Paul Begala and activist Cleve Jones about Obama's 1996 support of same-sex marriage stance and his current opposition to it, as well as his foot-dragging on gay rights promises.

Said Jones: "The momentum is clear. The tide of history is clear. His window of opportunity to stake his claim on the right side of history is diminishing rapidly."

They also discuss the bind Obama is in given his backward position, an approaching vote on marriage equality in New York, and a gay fundraiser there this week.


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  1. When does A. Cooper come out of the closet, again? And none of that privacy crap, but full on Lance Bass/Neil Patrick Harris cover of People out of the closet. Until then, one hand can't crap on the other for doing the expedient thing.

    Posted by: zeta | Jun 22, 2011 5:57:34 PM

  2. It always amazes and saddens me to see that the majority of comments on Obama by the presumably gay men visiting this site are so negative and childish. It's like you've never taken a basic civics or government or history class and have absolutely zero understanding of how politics works.

    Stamping your feet and voting against your interests or throwing away your vote on a third party? Great idea. It's like you don't want the rights you claim to be so incensed about.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jun 22, 2011 6:29:07 PM

  3. Either he does it or he doesn't, but no playing the waiting game for a more convenient time. There will never be a convenient time.

    Posted by: BamBam | Jun 22, 2011 6:49:30 PM

  4. What nobody seems to think- well, except me- is that like most politicians, Obama is neither for nor against marriage equality, he just doesn't care one way or the other. Merely sticking your foot out the window and see which way the wind is blowing doesn't mean you think one way or the other, or are thinking at all.

    Posted by: ProfessorVP | Jun 22, 2011 6:57:48 PM

  5. He's accusing Obama on flip flopping on this issue, yet he himself is not supporting the gay cause by hiding in closet. It sends out the message that he is ashamed of being gay and thinks that coming out would hurt his career.

    Posted by: Mah boo | Jun 22, 2011 11:31:34 PM

  6. Paul Begala is so damn cynical. Cooper asks him about the President having it both ways and Begala says "we all want it both ways." Guess what, I don't. And I don't think "we all want it both ways." That one statement by Begala is one of the reasons why our country is in such peril. There are NOT two sides to every single issue but the media, in order to encourage debate, always digs someone up to take opposing views when most times, unless it's a moral issue, there is one correct and one incorrect answer. Gay marriage is not a moral issue, it is a legal issue. There is only one correct answer according to the Constitution. Banning gay marriage is unconstitutional. Even you strict constructionists can't deny that.

    Posted by: DHC | Jun 23, 2011 2:38:46 AM

  7. Yay. Rah rah rah. Gay marriage means the state will sanction, oversee, and tax our relationships. Openly gay men in the military means when one day the draft is re-instituted (never say never) guess who will not be exempt? I don't know one gay man who wants to get married or become a trained killer in the service of genocidal corporate tycoons. I do know many lesbians who find it appealing. You have a handful of unelected so-called gay nonprofit organization spokespeople clamoring for this stuff claiming all gay men want it. They do not speak for me nor any gay man I know. They make the public at large believe that all gay men are fighting for this agenda when that is simply not the case. When the unintended consequences backfire, and the whims of a few become the obligations of all, the world will say, "well, what's wrong? After you get what you want you don't want it?" Such possibilities are worth thinking about and discussing, and I hear NOT ONE PUBLIC VOICE considering that.

    Posted by: J.D. | Jun 23, 2011 3:35:45 AM

  8. Btw, Obama or any politician would be foolish to trust outright the presumptive consensus of that fantasy glibly referred to as the gay community. Any fool can see how good we have always been at betraying each other. Anderson Cooper, btw, while at Yale spent two summer vacations interning for the CIA. That alone makes everything this openly-secretly gay guy says and does suspect. All kinds of shady going on here.

    Posted by: J.D. | Jun 23, 2011 3:50:22 AM

  9. When concerning the civil rights of American citizens and the equality of it's people there shouldn't be allowance for wishy-washy political agendas. Get it together Obama.

    Posted by: Nathan Clark | Jun 23, 2011 4:44:20 PM

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