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Monday, April 09, 2012

Obama "Evolves" (Flip Flops) on Gay Marriage

President Barack Obama's Minnesota campaign announced Monday that Obama opposes a state ballot initiative that would define marriage as between one man and one woman.

"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," Kristen Sosanie, spokeswoman for Obama's Minnesota campaign, said in a statement. "That's what the Minnesota 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."

Obama opposed gay marriage in 2008 when polls showed the majority of Americans were also opposed. However, many of his liberal base supports gay marriage and he needs to energize them. The big exception is black churches, which are usually outspoken against gay marriage. By stating his opposition against the measure is because it discriminates, rather than he disagrees with gay marriage, Obama hopes to keep blacks who generally oppose discrimination. It's a political way of dividing the opposition.

The Obama campaign in North Carolina issued a statement in March with the same language in opposition to Amendment One, which would also define marriage in the state's constitution as between one man and one woman.

Just as in North Carolina, same-sex marriage is already banned by a statute in Minnesota. Unlike the North Carolina amendment, the Minnesota amendment does not mention civil unions or domestic partnerships.

Despite his statements in opposition to the constitutional amendments, the president has said that his views continue to "evolve" on gay marriage. It gives the impression that those who do not change their minds in favor of gay marriage or primitive or less developed. See Chick's BIG DADDY.

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