I don’t suppose it came as a surprise to anyone that Obama came out in favor of same sex marriage last week. He won’t do anything about it, but his fund raising efforts demand that he at least support the idea. Here is the email he sent out.
Today, I was asked a direct question and gave a direct answer:
I believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
I hope you’ll take a moment to watch the conversation, consider it, and weigh in yourself on behalf of marriage equality:
I’ve always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally. I was reluctant to use the term marriage because of the very powerful traditions it evokes. And I thought civil union laws that conferred legal rights upon gay and lesbian couples were a solution.
But over the course of several years I’ve talked to friends and family about this. I’ve thought about members of my staff in long-term, committed, same-sex relationships who are raising kids together. Through our efforts to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, I’ve gotten to know some of the gay and lesbian troops who are serving our country with honor and distinction.
What I’ve come to realize is that for loving, same-sex couples, the denial of marriage equality means that, in their eyes and the eyes of their children, they are still considered less than full citizens.
Even at my own dinner table, when I look at Sasha and Malia, who have friends whose parents are same-sex couples, I know it wouldn’t dawn on them that their friends’ parents should be treated differently.
So I decided it was time to affirm my personal belief that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
I respect the beliefs of others, and the right of religious institutions to act in accordance with their own doctrines. But I believe that in the eyes of the law, all Americans should be treated equally. And where states enact same-sex marriage, no federal act should invalidate them.
I wouldn’t have as much of a problem about this issue as I do if I thought the matter would end by allowing two men or two women to pretend to be married. (They can’t really be married, of course, since marriage is by definition a union between a man and a woman. At best they can only have a grotesque parody of a marriage, a fact that is more apparent when you consider that monogamy is the exception rather than the rule among homosexual couples.)
But, it won’t end there. President Obama states that he respects the religious beliefs of others. He has not shown such respect for the beliefs of Catholic health providers when he decided to force them to pay for contraception. He said nothing about whether the federal government could overrule states that ban same-sex marriage.
The problem is that the activists who are pushing this will not be content with tolerance or a live and let live mentality. They will want everyone to be in support of same-sex marriage, especially the churches. Anyone not on board with this can expect to be branded a bigot and a hater, often in the most hateful terms imaginable. Consider what happened to Carrie Prejean when she dared to state her belief that marriage is between a man and a woman. Or, the hate directed at the Mormon church when they contributed to the passage of proposition 8 in California. I am afraid that a homosexual couple will show up in a church, maybe Catholic or Baptist and demand the priest or minister marry them. He will have to refuse, citing his church’s teachings. They will then file a lawsuit against that church, which they might not win, but will get a lot of attention. The media will side with them, portraying the entire denomination as hateful and bigoted and churches will be vandalized, congregation threatened,etc.
- President Obama’s Takes on Same Sex Marriage (angelarachman.wordpress.com)
- White House Hypocrisy (scottsholar.com)
- Same-Sex Marriage Makes A Lot Of Sense (savouringthegospel.wordpress.com) This guy isn’t saying what you might think he is saying.