Friday, March 16, 2012

Obama Campaign Denounces NC Amendment One

President Obama's NC Campaign released a statement today declaring that he opposes NC Amendment 1, which would amend the state constitution to ban any legal recognition of domestic relationships other than hetero marriage. Via The News Observer:
President Barack Obama today came out against the proposed constitutional amendment on North Carolina's May 8th ballot banning same sex marriages and civil unions, weighing into a fight in a key battleground state. His campaign issued a statement saying the amendment was discriminatory.
 “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,” said Cameron French, his North Carolina campaign spokesman.
 “That’s what the North Carolina 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.”  

The president's statement should help convince some in the LGBT community that his evolution on Marriage Equality continues. Others will never be convinced until Obama makes a more declarative statement that he fully supports equal marriage rights for gays and lesbians. To them I say "grow up." The man is not stupid. He will  do so after the election, not before. Get over it.

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  1. I love ya, Steve. You know I do, but I think telling LGBT people who want their president to support their full civil equality to "grow up" is an unfortunate choice of words.

  2. I believe that people who push for full civil equality should take the time to get more acquainted with how the political system works before making demands that will shoot them in the foot. I agree that if Obama makes too strong of a stand right now, he will run the risk of pushing away the voters who might still be teetering on the edge between him and his opposition. Better to get the votes, win the election, and then charge into full equality. We need him in office for four more years - that's priority #1.


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