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Americans Could See Gay Marriage Legalized During Obama Presidency

Americans Could See Gay Marriage Legalized During Obama Presidency

Christmas Eve day, on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Vice President Joe Biden said there was an “inevitability for a national consensus on gay marriage”.

“I think the country’s evolving,” he said. “And I think you’re going to see, you know, the next effort is probably going to be to deal with so called DOMA [Defence of Marriage Act].”

DOMA prohibits the federal government from recognizing gay marriage, meaning that even if states allow the practice, gay couples still cannot access federal benefits.

President Obama was asked about his position in the gay marriage debate merely hours after signing the repeal for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The president gave a simple, but honest answer claiming he was still considering the issue of marriage equality.

President Obama followed with, “This is an issue that I’m still wrestling with, others are still wrestling with,” he said.

 “What I know is that at minimum, a baseline is that there has to be a strong, robust civil union available to all gay and lesbian couples.”

 Obama’s statements regarding consideration to gay marriage certainly support Vice President Biden’s observation of evolving feelings toward equality.  After all, during his campaign, Obama was clear he disagreed with DOMA, but also asserted his disapproval for gay marriage.

Lefty presidents in recent years have struggled with this issue. President Bill Clinton created the now repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for the military, and President Obama promised repeatedly in his 2008 campaign for the presidency that his administration would have a more supportive attitude toward gays. But gay rights groups also have said frequently they have been disappointed with the administration’s performance on this issue.

We’ll have to wait to see whether the Obama Administration will advocate for gay marriage just after what American history will remember as a landmark decision to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.  One thing is clear: in the wake of uncertainty, the issue is not going away and the Obama Administration will have to decide how they intend to handle it.

What do you think?  Do you believe the Obama Administration will legalize gay marriage during his presidency?

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10:40PM PST on Feb 9, 2011

It is the inevitability of justice. It will happen during President Obama's second term.

4:14PM PST on Jan 30, 2011

I think Obama will legalize it. Why? Not because he thinks it's only fair to them but because it will mean more votes for him if he does. If he doesn't, he'll lose their votes.

11:42PM PST on Jan 1, 2011

John 3:16 (King James Version)
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Anyway, the Declaration of Independence, it's stated that "all men are created equal." Since God is the final judge, if you are a believer, then it is unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution to limit gay marriage, because if men and women can freely and equivocally marry each other, it applies to homosexuals as well as heterosexuals. The fact that there is a ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, and according to American ethics, immoral to ban such.

If you're going to argue religion, sorry, the national law is The State. You gotta keep 'em separated.

10:13AM PST on Jan 1, 2011

@Bart V.
"In lieu of marriage, if there are no acceptable men to be found, a woman shall get her father drunk & have sex with him. (Gen 19:31-36)."

Just because something happened in the Old Testament, doesn't mean the Bible condones doing it. As I recall, that was considered NOT to be a good practice, if you read that story.

Plenty of us read the Bible and understand that God created some people gay ("some are born eunuchs"), that He loves ALL His children as He created them, and that we should try to love them too ("love your neighbor as yourself").

Jesus healed the centurion's servant/lover, surely being aware what that relationship was about. He didn't condemn them, he actually held up the faith of the centurion as an example, though.

I guess if you want to see the Bible as all negativity and preach the OT, that's your call. I am a Christian, and so I look to the New Testament, the new covenant Christ made for us. God has a lot to say about gays, but from what I can see, it is about love and acceptance, not condemnation.

5:22AM PST on Jan 1, 2011

Obama has proven, within the last weeks of a lame duck congress, he can move mountains. I believe him to be sincere and committed. I will continue to support BO.

1:14AM PST on Jan 1, 2011

Forgive me, but I forget the author of this quote:
`Bigotry disguised as morality is still bigotry; just as an outhouse with marble columns is still an outhouse.

12:26AM PST on Jan 1, 2011

It is deplorable that same-sex marriage is still an issue in 2011. The usual opposition is based on so-called biblical marriage. The most common references to marriage in the bible are to polygamy.
If a wife is found not to have been a virgin at the time of the marriage, she is to be killed.(Deut 22:13-21) Marriage between a believer & a non-believer is forbidden. (Num 25:1-9) Marriage shall not impede a man's right to take concubines in addition to his wife or wives. (II Sam 5:13; I Kings 11:3;
II Chron 11:21). In lieu of marriage, if there are no acceptable men to be found, a woman shall get her father drunk & have sex with him. (Gen 19:31-36).

10:12PM PST on Dec 31, 2010

@Greg B.
"Gay marriage will be accepted by 3/4 of the world within the next ten years. Even China is looking at it..."

ha-ha, well, they better, since they have serious shortages of females in many areas of China (only one kid allowed, and boys are preferred over girls). Solves the problem of no wives, I guess....

But really, I hope this does happen, because it is so unfair to have people excluded because they were born gay.

1:42PM PST on Dec 31, 2010

Let us be who we want to and love who we need to~
Legalize same-sex marriage!
~Love is free.

8:39PM PST on Dec 30, 2010

I thoroughly agree with the opinions of BMutiny CorporationsEvil It took me ages to read it but at the end of it all.... I agree with you totally ........... People are made the way they are, we can't impose our bigotry upon them in an effort to "change them".
I feel that Love is "LOVE" in most all forms acceptable and is a whole lot better than people living their Love lives in Fear of Persecution..... It will happen, as with all movements once they start they gather momentum and then the inevitable happens. Gay marriage will be accepted by 3/4 of the world within the next ten years. Even China is looking at it...

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