Barack Obama‘s same-sex love fest continues!
The presidential hopeful not only expanded his gay efforts this week, but the Senator also clarified his position on gay adoption and other family matters.
The statement comes after pro-gay Family Equality Council – spurred by John McCain’s prohibitive comments last month – pressed Obama and his Republican rival on their respective positions.
McCain has not yet responded – and, honestly, we doubt he will – but Obama offered the following remarks:
I’ll be a President that stands up for American families – all of them.
The desire to build a life with a loved one, to provide for a family and to have children who will grow and thrive – these are desires that all people share, regardless of race, sex, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.
My own experience has taught me this lesson well. I was born to a single mother, my devoted grandparents helped raise me, and then I married the woman of my dreams and had two beautiful daughters.
We also have to do more to support and strengthen LGBT families. Because equality in relationship, family, and adoption rights is not some abstract principle; it’s about whether millions of LGBT Americans can finally live lives marked by dignity and freedom.
The FEC loved said response…
Wonderful response from Obama! I love that picture, too!
That’s all fine and dandy, but hopefully after the election he will change his tune about gay marriage since he has to play the political game and keep the xtians happy.
What a freakin’ bag of contradictions! He’s all for gay families, as long as they’re not headed by MARRIED gay couples. I’ll vote for him in November, but his pandering, hypocrisy, and dishonesty make me sick.
He has publically come out in support of the California gay marriage ruling and opposes overturning it.
His opposition to gay marriage is simply one of nomenclature. He has explained his position for quite some time, and I will again. To legalize gay marriage, as marriage is defined today, would FORCE religious organizations or recognize it. This means that a Southern Baptist church would HAVE to perform gay nuptials. The simple fact is, as much as we don’t want those crazy “Christians” who hate us to force their backwards views on us, we can’t force our views on them, no matter how much we know we’re right. Separation of Church and State MUST work both ways if we expect to keep them out of our lives. Obama has (on several occasions) supported the idea of giving EVERY SINGLE legal right that accompanies the label of marriage to gay folks, but he can’t force churches to recognize them. And I agree. Tolerance works both ways. We have to be better than them in order to win this battle.
To legalize gay marriage, as marriage is defined today, would FORCE religious organizations or recognize it. This means that a Southern Baptist church would HAVE to perform gay nuptials.
Nonsense. That is simply not true. Every church is free to decide what marriages it will celebrate. When a couple gets a marriage license from the state, there is no obligation on any church or any clergy to recognize that marriage in any way. Most couples find some clergy person who is willing to celebrate their wedding, but no clergy person is forced to do anything he/she doesn’t want to do.
L’Herbs, that’s utter bullshit. Marriage is a civil right, not a religious right. It has nothing to do with forcing churches to perform wedding ceremonies; it has to do with forcing the government to provide the same rights and respect it does to heterosexuals. Your facts are wildly incorrect, and if Obama is repeating that inaccurate line of thought then he should be ashamed of himself.
And Marco, he might be against the California amendment, but he keeps repeating his cowardly “marriage is between a man and a woman” mantra. Which I find just another of his hypocritical B.S. — he won’t support gay marriage, but he opposed overturning a law allowing it. What the f*ck is that? Nice way to talk out of both sides of your mouth, you consummate politics as usual shyster.
Bos…you have some anger management issues. Just because Obama isn’t 100% with you on all your issues, you call him a bag of contradictions? What is that all about? Start praising him for all right positions instead of focusing on one. Do you see every glass as half empty?
Well – it’s true that McCain is consistent in that he’s consistently against us. I suppose bad can be the enemy of the good if you are a moron.
Bob said:Marriage is a civil right, not a religious right…..Really?
That’s why it’s called a “Civil Union” get it and that is a civil right?
Mr. C, you’re sadly misinformed. Anyone seeking to get married has to get a license from the government first. That’s a civil right.
And John P — I’m sorry, but I think Obama sucks. I’ll vote for him, because I can’t stand the thought of another four years of Republican rule, but he makes me sick with his lies, hypocrisy, and contradictions.
Politicians are politicians, [email protected]. Use ’em to get the job done.
No politician who directly endorses gay marriage can get elected president in 2008. Obama’s gone as far as he can go in that direction without self-destructing. In any event, take a deep breath; the country will get there. The 2003 Supreme Court ruling doesn’t leave it much choice; it basically says gay people can’t be treated as second-class citizens. The whole debate about gay marriage took off when that happened.
I can’t figure out why any decent person who identifies as gay would vote for Obama, or McCain for that matter. Choosing to vote for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil. I’m sitting this one out.
Oh, great. And when McCain appoints the Supreme Court justices that maintain us in our status as second-class citizens, you can feel all warm and righteous inside, having avoided any participation in “evil.” Give me a break.
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