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Old May 9th, 2012, 11:19 AM   #1
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President Obama declared for the first time on Wednesday that he supports same-sex marriage, putting the moral power of his presidency behind a social issue that continues to divide the country.



At a certain point, Mr. Obama said in an interview in the Cabinet Room at the White House with ABC s Robin Roberts, 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.



The comments end years of public equivocating over the divisive social issue for the president, who has previously said he opposed gay marriage but repeatedly said he was evolving on the issue because of contact with friends and others who are gay.



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This could be the final nail in the coffin of the Obama Presidency.



Still at least he is finally being honest. Now it's up to the voters to decide
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I was literally just about to post this topic as I got the news feed on Facebook, you beat me to it!
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Old May 9th, 2012, 11:31 AM   #4
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I was literally just about to post this topic as I got the news feed on Facebook, you beat me to it!


This won't go down well with Obama's African American and Latino base.



It may just tip the balance toward President Romney
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Old May 9th, 2012, 12:03 PM   #5
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Good, people like a president who fence sits. It is good he finally made his position clear. I am not worried about this affecting his chances, look at Jerry Brown in California, he handily won as governor on a platform of marriage equality, he refused to defend Prop H8 as attorney general....and the same for Andrew Cuomo in New York who vowed to overturn the ban on same sex marriage in New York. The people who would not vote for Obama because of this, would not vote for him anyway....and he knows this, this just gets his base more excited, especially young people.



This is good for America, good for the campaign, and another nail in the coffin for homophobic bigotry in America.
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I agree, most of the people who'd vote for Obama only see this as to strengthen their resolve to vote for him again, the same can be said for those who oppose him. I couldn't give a shit about gay marriage, I think this is more of a political ploy to further divide the nation between the self-sufficeint generations and the entitlement generations. we'll see how it comes our come Nov.
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Good, people like a president who fence sits. It is good he finally made his position clear. I am not worried about this affecting his chances, look at Jerry Brown in California, he handily won as governor on a platform of marriage equality, he refused to defend Prop H8 as attorney general....and the same for Andrew Cuomo in New York who vowed to overturn the ban on same sex marriage in New York. The people who would not vote for Obama because of this, would not vote for him anyway....and he knows this, this just gets his base more excited, especially young people.



This is good for America, good for the campaign, and another nail in the coffin for homophobic bigotry in America.


NY and CA will vote for any candidate with D after his name, even if it were Mickey Mouse.



The election will be decided by those 6 or 7 swing states, like NC,, most of which have already voted against homosexual marriage..........
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This announcement will have zilch effect on the election, in my opinion.



The course of the economy between now and Election Day will have the most influence on independents and the undecided. If the economy improves, or gives the appearance of improving, Obama gets a second term. It won't be a landslide, but he'll win.
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This announcement will have zilch effect on the election, in my opinion.



The course of the economy between now and Election Day will have the most influence on independents and the undecided. If the economy improves, or gives the appearance of improving, Obama gets a second term. It won't be a landslide, but he'll win.


I agree, Obama's biggest worry is how the last four years of his presidency have been received by the people. Whenever someone talks about the election, the main focus is economic stability and whether or not Obama can ever achieve that.
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Obama's statement about his children pointing out to him the prejudice of opposing gay marriage was nice. It's great to see a father realize that his acions are being observed and contemplated by his children, so it's best to set a good example.
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