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Wed May 9, 2012, 01:59 PM

BREAKING: Obama Embraces Marriage Equality

By Igor Volsky on May 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

President Obama has come out in support of marriage equality for gay and lesbian people in an interview with ABC Newsí Robin Roberts this afternoon:


OBAMA: I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Donít Ask Donít Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point Iíve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.

http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/05/09/481147/obama-marriage-2/

Video: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/obama-sex-marriage-legal-16312904

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Reply BREAKING: Obama Embraces Marriage Equality (Original post)
JackBeck May 2012 OP
tallahasseedem May 2012 #1
JackBeck May 2012 #26
bigtree May 2012 #2
JackBeck May 2012 #32
swimboy May 2012 #46
JackBeck May 2012 #51
LadyHawkAZ May 2012 #3
SidDithers May 2012 #4
maddezmom May 2012 #5
Guy Whitey Corngood May 2012 #6
malaise May 2012 #7
cthulu2016 May 2012 #8
Bolo Boffin May 2012 #9
Pachamama May 2012 #35
backscatter712 May 2012 #10
hifiguy May 2012 #11
FiveGoodMen May 2012 #12
CTyankee May 2012 #24
Lionessa May 2012 #13
bigtree May 2012 #29
Lionessa May 2012 #33
dionysus May 2012 #41
Solomon May 2012 #45
CakeGrrl May 2012 #57
fishwax May 2012 #14
nadine_mn May 2012 #15
dana_b May 2012 #16
redqueen May 2012 #17
MineralMan May 2012 #18
HarveyDarkey May 2012 #19
opiate69 May 2012 #20
Jennicut May 2012 #21
hamsterjill May 2012 #22
TBF May 2012 #28
myrna minx May 2012 #23
JackBeck May 2012 #36
myrna minx May 2012 #60
JackBeck May 2012 #63
myrna minx May 2012 #64
JackBeck May 2012 #65
DLevine May 2012 #25
DevonRex May 2012 #27
Whisp May 2012 #30
Terra Alta May 2012 #31
horseshoecrab May 2012 #34
Arkana May 2012 #37
Jon Ace May 2012 #39
JackBeck May 2012 #54
liberalmuse May 2012 #53
Lugnut May 2012 #38
Scurrilous May 2012 #40
Amaril May 2012 #42
azurnoir May 2012 #43
mmonk May 2012 #44
chill_wind May 2012 #47
sofa king May 2012 #48
Wind Dancer May 2012 #49
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SunSeeker May 2012 #52
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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 01:59 PM

1. Bravo Mr. President!

Now we just need to help him and the Dems in November to finalize equality!

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Response to tallahasseedem (Reply #1)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:21 PM

26. He was in Albany the other day and had a meeting with Cuomo.

Coincidence?

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:00 PM

2. I think same sex couples should be able to get married

 

oh boy! That's it, isn't it? He's in for the fight! Fucking HUGE!!!

I'm spreading this far and wide!

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Response to bigtree (Reply #2)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:27 PM

32. THIS is a big, fucking deal. n/t

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Response to JackBeck (Reply #32)

Wed May 9, 2012, 04:27 PM

46. Oh, yes, it is! Yes indeed!

Cheers, Jack!

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Response to swimboy (Reply #46)

Wed May 9, 2012, 05:56 PM

51. Everyone's hard work and support have come to fruition.

While Amendment One in North Carolina was a devastating blow, we continue to tear down the barriers to social justice across the country.

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:00 PM

3. WOOHOO!

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:01 PM

4. K&R...nt

Sid

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:01 PM

5. Way to go Obama

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:02 PM

6. HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!! nt

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:04 PM

7. Special Report on ABC right now

Tweety says this is earth-shaking

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:04 PM

8. Good

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:06 PM

9. Thank goodness.

"Those that mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind."

Thank you, President Obama.

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Response to Bolo Boffin (Reply #9)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:36 PM

35. So True!!!! Perfect summary of what this will do to the election too!!!

This is most likely the realization that the Obama re-election team came to. My belief is that Obama has long believed how important civil rights, equal rights for all are....and like many People, strugggled with his feelings but ultimately realizing that discrimination against Gay people from having the same rights to marry and have families is wrong.

Im very proud to call him my President.....

PS: I was raised by Two Moms.....am a Mom myself now and am heterosexual. Raising kids has Nothing to do with whom you love, your sexual preference etc.....Shock!!!!!!!

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:07 PM

10. Awesome! About time! n/t

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:08 PM

11. BRAVO, Sir!

 

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:08 PM

12. I'm very glad he said this

But it should have been a given from day one.

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #12)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:16 PM

24. well, the handwriting was on the wall and I guess he figured why not

do it now, when the election is 6 months out. It will give the campaign lots of time to deal with any problems, altho I don't see any myself.

I guess we have Joe Biden to thank for causing the issue to be brought to a head...funny how things like that work out...

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:08 PM

13. For all those who keep telling many of us to STFU and support

 

whatever Obama does, let this be a lesson. He told us to keep pushing him, and I see it has worked out for this issue.

SO STOP WITH THE REQUIREMENTS THAT WE ALL LOVE AND ADORE AND SUPPORT EVERYTHING HE DOES EVERY MINUTE HE DOES IT!

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Response to Lionessa (Reply #13)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:23 PM

29. he could probably use some of that support right now

 

he's in for a shitstorm

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Response to bigtree (Reply #29)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:30 PM

33. And it looks like he's getting it.

 

I think a lot of iffy, kind of dejected voters are pumped up now.

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Response to Lionessa (Reply #13)

Wed May 9, 2012, 03:12 PM

41. admirable strawman you just disposed of.

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Response to dionysus (Reply #41)

Wed May 9, 2012, 03:55 PM

45. Ever notice how they always take credit for anything

he does? LOL He only does good stuff because we made him do it.

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Response to Solomon (Reply #45)

Wed May 9, 2012, 09:26 PM

57. Yeah, I knew that kind of post would surface soon enough.

along with the 'regardless of his motives' Greenwaldian left-handed compliment posts.

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:09 PM

14. Excellent!

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:09 PM

15. About fucking time nt

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:10 PM

16. yay!!!

I am so glad he finally said it. The crap he is going to take right now will be worth it in the end.

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:10 PM

17. K&R

Feels good to have our President affirm this right. One step closer to being a civilised country.

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:10 PM

18. Thank you, Mr. President!

You finally did it!

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:11 PM

19. My only question

 

What took you so long?

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:12 PM

20. fuckin a!!!

 

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:13 PM

21. The right thing to do.

The only right thing to do on this issue. Thank you, President Obama.

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:13 PM

22. From Texas

I live in Texas, and I'm anticipating about half of the people I work with to start fainting any time now!!! LOL

Seriously, way to go, Mr. President.

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Response to hamsterjill (Reply #22)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:22 PM

28. IKR, heads will explode. Thank you Mr. President!

nt

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:13 PM

23. WooHoo!

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Response to myrna minx (Reply #23)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:52 PM

36. A truly historic day for social justice and equality.

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Response to JackBeck (Reply #36)

Thu May 10, 2012, 07:15 AM

60. I'm still blown away. I wasn't expecting this at all.

This is a truly historical moment. I think there's something in my eye...

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Response to myrna minx (Reply #60)

Thu May 10, 2012, 07:06 PM

63. You have always been such a vocal ally and we wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you.

It took me by surprise, as well. I got a Tweet around 8:30 that this was happening on Wednesday and I blew it off as a "I'll believe it when I see it." I was privately messaging people throughout the morning that I was cautiously optimistic, but when it finally happened, I was weeping.

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Response to JackBeck (Reply #63)

Fri May 11, 2012, 08:01 AM

64. Almost everyone I love and cherish in my life is gay or lesbian.

I have a dream that my LGBTIQ brothers and sisters have the same universal human rights and equal protection granted to(and sometimes taken for granted by) straights, and it's within sight, my friend.

Without the tireless efforts of activists like you on the front line and the brave souls who've publicly come out to put a human face on LGBTIQ equality, I think the equality would have advanced at a glacial pace. Just think back to the wounds of 2004 and nasty blame some flung at LGBTIQ for "losing the election" for seeking equality because it "wasn't the right time". Well, it never is the right time for some. But that attitude is for yesteryear. Look how far we've come in 8 years.

Now is the time and it's in sight.

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Response to myrna minx (Reply #64)

Fri May 11, 2012, 11:58 AM

65. My head spins when I think about how much progress has been made in the last 8 years.

And to hear a sitting President affirm my 15 year relationship? Never thought it would happen in my lifetime.

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:17 PM

25. Awesome. Thank you, Mr President! n/t

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:21 PM

27. K&R.

I'm glad he did it.

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:24 PM

30. good man. Thankyou, Mr. President

 

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:26 PM

31. Way to go, Obama!

Of course, this will likely cost him my bigoted state of NC, but kudos to him for standing up for what is right and not what is popular.

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:32 PM

34. President Obama ...

is a truly great President. A President for our times. To quote Nancy Pelosi, "A great day for civil rights."





horseshoecrab

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:58 PM

37. This makes the ACA seem like a drop in the fucking ocean.

It's HUGE. It's Lyndon Johnson saying "We Shall Overcome" in front of millions of people.

The MOUNTAINS of political taboos he just broke...my God, the floodgates are open. If he wins reelection it will open the way for future candidates to wholeheartedly endorse same-sex marriage. The party could make it a plank in their platform.

Jesus. I...wow. Jesus Christ, I didn't think it would happen. A President who's running for reelection coming out and saying he thinks gays should be allowed to get married. Sure, you can dismiss this as a political move all you want--but doing it in a year where the stakes for reelection are in the fricking stratosphere...

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Response to Arkana (Reply #37)

Wed May 9, 2012, 03:00 PM

39. It hadn't fully hit me yet, but your words helped.

Usually presidents wait until after they're re-elected or retired to say something like this.

History made today.

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Response to Jon Ace (Reply #39)

Wed May 9, 2012, 08:25 PM

54. The Democratic Party will forever be changed with today's policy statement.

From this moment on, there will never be a Democratic Presidential nominee who equivocates on LGBT social justice.

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Response to Arkana (Reply #37)

Wed May 9, 2012, 07:27 PM

53. Very well put!

And I have to say, if it was a political move, it was a risky one. I knew he would one day come out and support it, but I couldn't be happier that it was today. I had been waiting for his soothing words after the horrible NC bigotry move yesterday. Let's just say that once again, President Obama has exceeded my expectations.

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:59 PM

38. Yesssss!

Thank you, sir!

The bonus to this are the egg faced members of the media who beat up on VP Biden for speaking out of turn. Joe was floating a trial balloon and they took the bait.

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 03:07 PM

40. K & R

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 03:35 PM

42. Awesome!

Very proud of my president today.........well, proud of him pretty much EVERY day, but today.............

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 03:41 PM

43. Good for Obama it's about time

the laws preventing Gays from marrying are no different from the laws that would have prevented his own parents from marrying

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 03:48 PM

44. Two thumbs up.

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 04:44 PM

47. This is huge. Well done!

I'll be damned

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 04:47 PM

48. Yay!

This is thanks to us, you know. The President is banking on our support in this election, and we'd better deliver a straight-D tsunami if we want this to stick.

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 04:56 PM

49. This is fantastic news!

Thank you, Sir!

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 05:01 PM

50. k&r...

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 07:07 PM

52. K&R

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 08:28 PM

55. k&r n/t

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 09:07 PM

56. Thank you for titling it marriage equality as that is what it is.

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 09:27 PM

58. good for him!

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 09:29 PM

59. Hopefully it is the beginning of the rest of his evolution.

He has now evolved to embrace the position Dick Cheney arrived at three years ago: that he is personally in favor of equal marriage but that he still considers it not a civil right, but a privilege that can be denied by states through voting.


Obama, 2012:

http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/09/politics/obama-same-sex-marriage/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

"'At a certain point I've just concluded that for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,' Obama said in an interview with ABC News...The president said he supports the concept of states deciding the issue on their own, ABC News reported."



Cheney, 2009:

Cheney supports same-sex marriage 'on a state-by-state basis'
http://articles.latimes.com/2009/jun/02/nation/na-cheney2.

"June 2, 2009 WASHINGTON ó Former Vice President Dick Cheney waded into another roiling public debate Monday, saying he supports same-sex marriage as long as the issue is decided by states rather than the federal government."


There is still much more evolving to do.

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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 07:52 AM

61. I'll go him one further ... I think same sex couples should be able to get divorced.

After all, the joys of forming sanctioned relationships aren't complete until one wears the "brown helmet" of divorce.


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Response to JackBeck (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 11:41 AM

62. hate to piss on the parade

But he did NOT embrace marriage equality. He very carefully stated he thinks same sex couples SHOULD BE ABLE TO get married. Which as a lawyer he knows is entirely different than saying the have a RIGHT TO get married.

If you listen to the rest of the interview, he very clearly explains that he supports the right of individual states to decide this issue. So, he simultaneously pays lip service to marriage equality and validates Ammendment One. Way to triangulate!

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