Obama Campaign Releases Statement Opposing Anti-Gay ‘Amendment One’ in North Carolina

The Obama campaign today went on record against North Carolina's discriminatory Amendment One, which would ban same-sex marriage, the News Observer reports.

Nc4"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. "That’s what the North Carolina ballot initiative would do – it would single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples – and that’s why the President does not support it."

Yesterday in Raleigh, hundreds of people marched and rallied against the measure.

Amendment One is set to appear on the ballot on May 8. More information HERE.

(via americablog)


  1. Keppler says

    Your headline suggests that the Obama administration “opposes” Amendment One. That’s not what the quote you cite says. It says he “does not support it.” I realize this is splitting hairs, but we’re talking our self-proclaimed “fierce advocate,” right? “Doesn’t support” doesn’t sound especially “fierce” to me, although I must my surprise that he said anything at all.

  2. searunner says

    @Jomicur – Has Obama ever been on record supporting any of anti-marriage equality amendments? The answer is no. His position and “evolution” are, without question, disappointing. But to suggest that Obama is pandering with this statement is dishonest.

  3. jjasonham@gmail.com says


    What part of “the record is clear that the President has long OPPOSED divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples” leads you to believe he doesn’t “oppose” but “doesn’t support it”? Amendment One fits that description to a tee.

  4. Michael Bedwell says

    Yes, this is great, and I agree that in the interest of not hurting his reelection we should leave him alone now regarding marriage equality. But his recent and longer term history shows there’s not reason to believe that this is another examples of his “evolving.” In fact, too few still don’t know that he’s DEvolved from his unequivocal position when running for the Illinois Senate in 1996 that he favored “legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.” Time and time again he’s demonstrated “political homophobia,” not just backsliding from that, but also his 2007/8 campaign promise that “As your President, I will use the bully pulpit to urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality.” Yes, celebrate he’s done that for NC 1 today, but remember all the times he’s remained silent such as during Maine’s 2009 referendum fight. Assuming he doesn’t actually believe what he’s SAID: that he opposes marriage equality because “God is in the mix”—I can still imagine him listening to people saying after he’s reelected, “No, you can’t endorse it now either because it will hurt the Party’s chances in 2016.” In short, we mustn’t approach his second term with the same mistake the majority of the Community made throughout his first—simply trusting him to do the right thing. If you need any more reasons why, I can give you nearly 800—that’s the number of gay troops he needlessly shitcanned while coddling recalcitrant Pentagon homophobes.


  5. Cocoa says

    Would you raather the president be late in setting a foot in the door to the party, or not at all? It is weak, but it is a start. Maybe he doesn’t support us because we haven’t tried offering him something in return BESIDES votes? Presidential invitation to a Pride Parade anyone? EVERYONE likes invitations.

  6. Artie_in_Lauderdale says

    @ Bedwell,

    From your comment: “I can still imagine him listening to people saying after he’s reelected, “No, you can’t endorse it now either because it will hurt the Party’s chances in 2016.”

    At least you’re using the right word: “imagine.” However, you’re wasting people’s time when you use your powers of imagination to fabricate a storyline and pretend to understand Obama’s inner motivations (known only to you, of course).

  7. Ken says

    This is good news and progress. As I recall, he took no position at all on the 2009 vote in Maine. And while his campaign said he opposed Prop 8, there was no direct quote from him to that effect which could have made a big difference in that campaign.

  8. Brad says

    “the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples,”

    Great, Mr. President, but you’ve done nothing for same sex marriage on a national scale. Even when you had a Democratic majority in congress you caved and you caved. You could have ended enforcement of DADT by executive order the day you became Preisdent, but no you enforced that until the very bitter end. An end which you had to be dragged kicking and screaming to support. Your outrage at discrimination is selective and arbitrary and frankly nonsensical. This is great step in the right direction but where is your consistency and leadership on LGBT issues? Being better than the last president is not enough. Justice delayed is justice denied. I don’t trust you to do the right thing.

  9. Scott says

    This isn’t new. His spokespeople have been saying these *exact* same words every time they’ve been asked about a state marriage issue, for at least a year and a half.


    It was also the answer to a question about a Prop 8 ruling in a WH press briefing six weeks ago:


  10. says

    many gay white men don’t trust Obama. It’s pathetic.

    he knows how history works, and he knows how history will remember him, and thus he knows what he needs to do to cement his place on the right side of history.

    obama term two.

    of course, this will be a real upset to many gay conservatives, and those “i’d have preferred hilary” gays. last thing they want is a Black Man being responsible for their liberation.

  11. Sarm says

    I would say those gay conservatives are idiots, considering they support people who would obviously work to have the LGBT community wiped off the face of the earth, as well as them. Just like they’ll work to wipe out non anglo-saxons and non-Christians. Just like they’ll work to reduce women to livestock all over again. It is far better to have a President like Obama, where efforts for equality are possible.

  12. jjasonham says

    The fact is, if you judge the Obama administration “beliefs” on his RECORD you will not be confused about where he stands on gay rights. Plain and simple. You cannot assume you know his inner motivations and you waste your time and gain anxiety from trying to. Then you’ve become attached to the narrative you’ve built, and only concerned about perpetuating it.

  13. says

    the most annoying thing about gay conservatives is, of course, their selective amnesia and intellectual dishonesty.

    they’re oh-so-quick to say “Obama hasnt’ done anything for the gay community!” – which means these guys are clearly unaware, or willfully unaware, of all that HAS been done.

    and then when you point out that the people they voted for, and continue to support, would not only have done LESS but actually regressed and worked to undo what has already been accomplished they say “But I don’t vote based on gay rights, i have other concerns that are a bigger deal, i’m not a one issue voter, i don’t vote based on gay stuff”

    then why complain based on gay stuff? if you don’t care enough about LGBT Issues to make them a priority when voting then why the heck does one care to complain that the man they didn’t vote for is doing more than the people they voted for would have done?

    well, we all know why. the minute they stop complaining about Obama is the minute they realize they’ve sold their dignity to a bunch of bigots.

  14. Kenneth says

    Brad, yes, he could have ended DADT by executive order. However, that would in essence have been a temporary solution. An executive order can be undone just as readily. Now, to reinstate DADT, the homophobes will have to go back to congress and get the majority votes needed, then pass legislation, and finally get a signature from the sitting president. As the tide turns for equality, that process becomes far less likely to succeed, whereas, reversing an executive order takes only the decision of one homophobe in the executive office.

  15. Brad says

    @ GeorgeM – I never said anything about who to vote for. That decision is up to you and every other voter.

    @Kenneth – You miss the point entirely. Go back and read what I said. The president loves to point out how he ended DADT as proof that he supports LGBT causes. He had to be dragged to that process and if he had opposed DADT he could have stopped enforcing it even after the legislative process began to end it legally. His administration was enforcing it right up until it was passed and beyond when it was in the stupid “waiting period” before it went into force.

    @ LittleKiwi and Sarm:
    Don’t assume that those of us who do not sing the praises of the current president are conservative or white. (Those assumptions say far more about your own prejudice than anyone else.) Far from it. This president made a lot of promises that he never intended to keep. I really do hope he changes his course in the 2nd term. I don’t trust him any more than I trust George W. Bush so I can’t pin my hopes on that. It’s the very liberal, questioning, vocal voters like me who keep a thorn in his side and remind him he needs to do the right thing. Unfortunately, so far, he likes to ignore us except when he needs money and votes. In the very brilliant words of another commenter on another blog:
    “What’s that Mr. President? I can’t hear you from under the bus where you threw me.”

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