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Obama Views on Same-Sex Marriage Reflect Societal Shifts


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: gayrights, politics, education, americans, Society, society, obama, SupremeCourt, government, usa, media, news, americans )

Cal
- 516 days ago - cnn.com
It is a personal and political evolution that in many ways reflects the country as a whole. Shifting public opinion and old fights over judicial power are at the nexus of perhaps the most important social issue the high court has addressed in recent years



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pam w. (191)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 9:28 am
And I'm proud of him for leading by example.

Of course, the bigots don't agree....they call it nasty names and belittle him. But...what else would you expect for the ''right?"
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 9:35 am
What does leading by example mean in Obama's case? Is he in a gay marriage?
 

Winn Adams (191)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 11:17 am
Glad our President has changed his mind. It's not right to discriminate against anyone who wants to get married if you are two consenting adults. Same sex marriage should be legal in all 50 states.
 

Benny R. (7)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 3:29 pm
The sooner bigotry is confined to the past, the earlier we can all focus on issues that really matter. Hatred and bigotry are not family values.

Someday people will look back and wonder "What took them so long? Opening up marriage to same-sex couples makes perfect sense."
 

Barbara D. (96)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 3:43 pm
President Obama's feelings on this issue *evolved. I hope to G*d that our society will *evolve* on this issue. Sooner rather than later!
 

Lois Jordan (54)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 4:21 pm
Noted. Gee, sure wish he'd "evolved" sooner! Too many of our young people have taken their lives because of hatred and discrimination.
 

John B. (215)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 4:59 pm
Thanks Cal for the link to the excellent article by Bill Mears and the video. The adage holds true "Times, they are a changing." Thank goodness! Read, viewed and noted.
 

Lynn Squance (230)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 9:45 pm
"In dissent Justice Antonin Scalia criticized the court for placing what he said was "the prestige of this institution behind the proposition that opposition to homosexuality is as reprehensible as racial or religious bias.""

Well Mr Injustice, isn't it?! It is to me!

If the Declaration of Indepdence is so important, and one of the documents that inspired the constitution, then these words should mean something: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Unfortunately in US history, not all people have been recognised as being equal, hence the necessity for a number of constitutional amendments to recognise Blacks, give Blacks the vote, give women the vote etc.

The time is passed when ALL people, no matter colour, religion, ethnicity, race, gender, emotional (sexual) orientation, should be recognised as being equal. To me, that is fundamental justice. Let's face it, we all put our pants on one leg at a time!

I do hope that Scalia does not get on his political activist horse, but I am not holding my breath.
 

cathie S. (151)
Monday March 25, 2013, 12:58 am
JUST TO LET YOU ALL IN ON IT HE ONLY SAID THIS TO GET HIS ASS BACK IN THE WHITE HOUSE BUT IF YOU ALL WANT TO REALLY THINK THAT THIS MAN CARES AT ALL ABOUT SAME SEX ANY THING WELL THAN I GUESS CA IS RIGHT ABOUT OUR COUNTRY AND WE ARE ALL JUST DUMB ASS PEOPLE AND IF YOU REALLY WANT A FAIR AND EQUAL COUNTRY THAN IT MUST BE FAIR FOR EVERY ONE AND I MEAN EVERY ONE GOD BLESS THE USA
 

John S. (300)
Monday March 25, 2013, 5:33 am
Pam W, really, "leading by example", no green star for an insightful comment here. You didn't even have to open the article to read it. the headline states: "political evolution that in many ways reflects the country as a whole." Personally I starting to figure out this leading from behind thing.
 

John Gregoire (254)
Monday March 25, 2013, 6:12 am
Whether to support gay marriage or not is a highly personal decision and we don't need any cheerleaders. Some of the above comments are pedestrian and insulting. Just because a person disagrees, it does not make them a bigot.
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (467)
Monday March 25, 2013, 7:11 am
If you are against Gay Marriage, then you are against Equal Rights.
If you are against Equal Rights, that by definition, makes you a BIGOT. A BIGOT, by DEFINITION.

You don't have to feel any personal hatred or animus, or any feeling of any kind at all, to be a BIGOT.
You just have to regard a certain classification of people, of Human Beings, as something less-than-Human, and therefore not deserving of Rights - in order to qualify for the well-deserved name of BIGOT.

If you believe, as was believed during the days of Slavery, that Black People couldn't get married at all, because they were less human than White people - that made you ignorant and a BIGOT.
If you believe, that a Black person ought not to marry a White person - as was what the Law said in several U.S. States up until Loving vs. Virginia was decided by the Supreme Court in 1968 - that makes you a BIGOT. Because you are denying Equal Rights to a group of people. You don't have to "hate" or feel anything towards that group of people - you are just DENYING THEM HUMAN RIGHTS.
And that makes EVERYone who would deny those rights, an absolute BIGOT. {Based on faulty science, that Black people are less Human than White people.}

If you believe, that people should not marry outside of their religious group - that makes you a BIGOT.
Again, you are DENYING PEOPLE THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS to marry whomever they choose.
You might PREFER that people marry within their religious groups - but YOU CANNOT MAKE THAT INTO LAW OF THE LAND. That would be a BIGOTED, prejudicial law.
If you believe, that people shouldn't marry outside of their national, ethnic, racial group, etc., then YOU ARE A BIGOT. Such laws, if they existed in the U.S., would be INVALID.

Gay marriage has existed, and presently exists, in many countries and in many different cultures and religious groups.
ALL opposition to Gay Marriage, is BIGOTED. ALL such opposition. ALL. It denies people HUMAN RIGHTS.
You don't have to feel "hate", or any other feeling, to be classified as a BIGOT.
We calls 'em as we sees 'em.
If you don't like the word "BIGOT" applied to you, then you always have the choice to STOP BEING ONE!!!
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (467)
Monday March 25, 2013, 7:31 am
John Gregoire: "Whether to support gay marriage or not is a highly personal decision."
NO.
Whether to BE IN a gay marriage or not, is a "highly personal decision".
Also, what you may privately think about Gay friends of yours getting married, or Gay celebrities getting married, or Heterosexuals getting married for that matter, is a "highly personal decision".

Choosing to pour millions of tax-free dollars into LYING ANTI-GAY-MARRIAGE PROPAGANDA, as the Mormons and Catholic Church and Evangelicals do, is a HIGHLY POLITICAL DECISION, NOT a "highly personal" one.
And CHOOSING TO SUPPORT SUCH ANTI-EQUALITY HYPOCRITES, is also a HIGHLY POLITICAL DECISION, with HARMFUL CONSEQUENCES for an entire group of unequally-treated people.

There is a DISTINCTION between a "personal decision" and a POLITICAL DECISION, to SUPPORT AN UNJUST LAW.
You may personally decide not to marry a person of another race, even strongly DISLIKE people of other races than your own - your feelings are your feelings! However, it is a different matter, to DENY EQUAL RIGHTS to people of another race you may or may not have personal feelings about.

DENYING EQUAL RIGHTS is ALWAYS AND ONLY, a POLITICAL DECISION. It can't POSSIBLY be anything else!
Stop the blatant BIGOTRY of the Religious Right!
 

paul m. (93)
Monday March 25, 2013, 7:38 am

Same Sex -Marriage is no body's businnes , except for the people involved..
 

Deborah W. (6)
Monday March 25, 2013, 3:16 pm
Believe ALL should have equal resources. What sticks in my throat is the word "marriage", to me solely between a man and a woman, as originally defined prior to the interchange and diluting of words to fit specific situations.

Believe committed relationship or civil union would find much less resistance when equal considerations are at stake.
 

Ro H. (0)
Monday March 25, 2013, 3:57 pm
ty
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Monday March 25, 2013, 5:35 pm
Thanks.
 

Jason S. (57)
Monday March 25, 2013, 7:59 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Ro H. (0)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 5:13 am
ty
 
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