2012 Election | Barack Obama | Gay Marriage | Gay Marriage Quotes | North Carolina

Contrary To Previous Reports, The President Has No Opinion On NC Marriage Amendment

Barack_obama_laughing_300bOn Friday, Barack Obama quietly involved himself in the fight over the North Carolina anti-marriage amendment. Or he instructed his campaign to get involved. Or maybe his campaign just got involved and Obama knows nothing about it. Anyway -- his campaign in NC, at least, has very strong feelings about the North Carolina anti-marriage amendment, as Andy's already reported. Meanwhile, the press acts like Barack Obama just officiated a gay wedding at the Capitol Building in Raleigh.

A representative text, from the Boston Herald:

With North Carolina a key battleground state, Obama decided to take the potentially risky step of wading into a divisive social issue.

"While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the president has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same-sex couples," said Cameron French, his North Carolina campaign spokesman.

So it goes at ABC, WashPo, HuffPo, just about every place. But nobody's got a comment from the president, and the actual words of spokesman Cameron French suggest that French has never spoken to the president about the anti-marriage amendment at all -- "the record is clear that the president has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same-sex couples" makes it sound as though French has taken a good look at Obama's record and deduced what the president's position would be, if only someone asked his opinion.

Of course, Cameron French probably wasn't saying anything he wasn't authorized to say. But the way he said it, as though trying to provide a sprig of political cover in case Obama should need to court a homophobe's vote between now and November, is inescapably weasely. And unnecessarily so, since the news media can't tell the difference between Cameron French and the POTUS anyway. 

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  1. Little Kiwi:'rather than the expected "i hate Obama!" comments, can someone who harbours those feelings choose instead to specifically articulate what the LGBT Community should be doing , or whom we should specifically be supporting?"

    I don't harbor hatred for Obama himself, but I do for his policies of war-mongering, scratching the backs of wall street, and giving away money to his political backers and now authorizing the murder of US citizens. In my point of view Obama has been compromised and bribed in order for him to do the bidding for the interests who put him in the white house. Same goes for Bush et al. Romney will do the same.

    As far as the lgbt community is concerned we have nothing much else to gain but rather to lose if SOMEONE LIKE OBAMA is chosen as president. Obama has signed executive orders eroding away our civil rights, including for us gays and lesbians, and trans. For one, allowing the government to imprison us citizens without judge, jury, or warrant because the executive declares you to be an "enemy" to the state, what is stopping somebody like SANTORUM whose supporters declare gays to be "threats to national security" from declaring us as "terrorists" having our constitutional rights taken away, including the right to be gay or have gay sex? Right now Obama has pushed the boundaries of acceptable and responsible governance to the point that we can safely say that our right to be gay has been compromised since the Constitution of our republic has been compromised by Obama's recklessness.

    Now to answer your question, we shouldn't be supporting "persons" but rather "principles." In other words I want the community to stand for principles instead of politicians and their wall street controllers. We should stand for freedom, individual liberty, constitutional adherence, peace, free market, equal application of law, etc. If Obama were to have these ideals he would have been a different president, and I would be supporting him. These principles are important to the gay community: freedom and individual liberty lets us be who we are without oppression, wars destroy lgbt communities in other countries, the constitution protects our equality, the free markets lets us promote our culture and ideas (and have websites like these)and equal protection of the law means what it means. But yet Obama has failed on all these tests. So does Romney, so does Santorum so does everybody else.

    So to answer your question some more I offer this question: why should we support anybody? If all of these politicians screw us more and more what is the point of putting them in office again and again. I think relying on the political class is not a very wise thing to do. I say instead of supporting these people why not support your community? Why not support LGBT teens on the brink of the suicide? Why not support the cause to find the cure for HIV? Why not convince the public on gay marriage? You see I find these causes and actions more relevant to the gay community than supporting a politician who has constantly lied to the gay community on record.

    I hope I was sincere enough to answer your question not as a person who "hates Obama" but rather a person who loves his community more.

    Posted by: Jose S | Mar 19, 2012 1:49:52 AM

  2. "Obama's public record makes clear that he (unlike all of the potential Republican nominees) does have an opinion on Amendment One becuase he opposes any amendment that seeks to take away the constitutional rights of lgbt citizens."

    Well to be fair to Brandon, and this is the first time I actually defend Towleroad, is that in actuality, Obama has not spoken NC's amendment 1 directly. So in reality this means he has no opinion on this amendment. That is not misleading but actually the truth. It doesn't mean its bad, just means he hasn't spoken directly about amendment one while other news outlets are claiming that he did, and that was outright misleading and I think Brandon hit a home run with this one.

    Posted by: Jose S | Mar 19, 2012 1:56:53 AM

  3. @Alan:
    "And neither would that moron JoeMyGod."

    I think this towleroad piece is quite neutral. JoeMyGod is not. And I don't think he is a moron, he is just very clever in duping many gays to believe his way, which in a way is quite disingenuous. Because I come from the school of thought that you present the news and let your audience make up your mind. Joe Jervis wants to think for you and force you to a conclusion. Andy is guilty of that too to some extent. But Joe is really horrible, and may I dare say one of the worse blogs I have ever read.

    Posted by: Jose S | Mar 19, 2012 4:43:24 AM

  4. "... present the news and let your audience make up your mind."

    Sorry I meant: "make their own mind"

    Posted by: Jose S | Mar 19, 2012 4:45:11 AM

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