Opinion: No WAY Obama Endorses Gay Marriage

Wednesday, February 01, 2012 - 09:00 AM

Gay Marriage (Getty Images)

I'm a betting girl.

No crazy amounts, I'm not Mitt Romney - able to throw around $10,000 on bets (though I note for the record I don't begrudge him the ability to do so) but five dollars at a time, I'll take action on most political stories of the day.

My greatest hits from the last year include:

Five dollars apiece from Blaze writer Billy Hallowell and comedian Ugarles, the only two people silly enough to bet that Anthony Weiner's twitter was actually hacked. It's easy to mock them now but I offered this bet on day two of the scandal and things weren't so cut and dried back then. To visit that simpler time just look at the comments on my post about it. Oh, innocence.

I lost a five dollar bet to Greg Pollowitz at National Review when I bet that Tim Pawlenty would go further in the race than Michelle Bachmann. While that's a bit of a head-palm for me, it's even more so for Tim Pawlenty! He could've been the main not-Romney right now. Greg let me go double or nothing in a Mormon last longer bet--he actually thought Huntsman would stay in longer than Romney. I shouldn't laugh too hard, of course, I'm just lucky nobody offered me a bet on my Rick Perry will be the Republican nominee prediction.

Which brings me to my current bet, again with Billy Hallowell. Billy tweeted recently that he wouldn't be surprised if Obama made a move to legalize gay marriage before the election. After I stopped laughing I offered him my standard five dollar bet which he accepted. I would've went higher on this one. If I had a farm, I'd bet it.

If there's one thing we know about President Obama, it's that this is not a man to take risks with his political life. He's been "evolving" on gay marriage for years now but there's no way he'll fully become man before the election.

For one thing, gay marriage remains an issue that splits America. While New York has legalized gay marriage, liberal bastions like California and Oregon specifically voted not to. Obama isn't taking the chance that his support of gay marriage will lead to him having to compete in otherwise firmly blue states.

Anyway, Obama knows the gay vote is his no matter what he does. Despite the fact that he has the same position on gay marriage as Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich, Obama knows that the gay vote is pretty consistently Democrat. He doesn't have to do anything for them, he knows they've got nowhere to go. It's never good for any group to vote as a monolithic bloc as this leads to being taken for granted and this is a prime example of that.

Everyone believes Obama is actually for gay marriage and just isn't politically brave enough to act on it. I look forward to collecting my five dollars from Billy but the truth is I would love to see the president take a real stand on this kind of issue. And no, it's not because I think it will mean certain electoral death for him, though it may, and it's not because I'm for gay marriage, though I am. It's because it would show me that Obama stands for something, anything. I didn't always agree with President Bush but I always knew who he was and where he stood. With Obama, everything is vague platitudes.

He ran on closing Guantanamo but kept it open and signed indefinite detention into law. He ran on ending the Bush tax cuts but he extended them. His supporters think he's anti-war but we invaded Libya on his watch. He's an empty man, he'll be anything for anyone and there's a good chance he'll be re-elected to a second term (Americans love giving second chances). I'd love to see something from him that showed me our president has any depth at all. I'd take losing my 5 bucks for that.


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Comments [5]

ERC from NYC from NY

Why any true American is adverse to allowing two US citizens the right to join in a government sanctioned marriage is beyond me. Our forefathers would be disgusted and ashamed of these states banning marriage equality. I'm a Christian and I realize a state marriage license and a marriage ceremony at the church are two totally different things.

The US is a beautiful place made up of many ethnic and religious affiliations- why people are playing this "game of thrones" (if you will), in the US at this time, it is absurd. Really though, can't we all get along? Isn't that, in fact, what Jesus would do? Live peacefully and be the Christian example! In hopes that people will learn from our actions and want to join us. Opposing civil rights and oppressing people is only breeding more hate.

The government is not telling your church/religious affiliation they need to preform these ceremonies. How would two people of the same sexual orientation directly affect those in opposition? Religious beliefs should not dictate our government and laws. Let God make the decision on who lived the righteous life and leave your bigotry at home. He created us after-all! My best friend was clearly gay from the time he was born. He is God's child and he is certainly not yours to judge or condemn. What right or business is it of anyone other than God? Clearly, it seems like some people need to learn how to be better Christian citizens.

In regards to the "creating life" statements-Okay, so you got us there-same sex couples can't create life technically. Big deal- we have enough breeders out there that have left thousands (millions?) of beautiful babies and children to be orphaned/state wards. (Fuel to my fire though- again what business is it of these ignorant bigots. Being sterile does not make a married couple any less married or in love.Perhaps married couples that aren't parents (for whatever reasons) have different, but equally important, causes to champion.) Sorry for the rant...

May. 09 2012 03:57 PM

Don't feel bad. My husband lost a $100 bet about Rick Perry. He sure learned his lesson.

Feb. 22 2012 12:36 PM

If the covenant of marriage relies solely on the physiological ability to procreate, then why the hell is government involved with it in the first place? What does the ability to have a kid have to do with hospital rights, tax filings, etc....?

Feb. 08 2012 02:13 PM
Justin Krebs from NYC

Karol -

I love when you place wagers...and I respect when you admit you were wrong, though enjoy it just as much when you justifiably boast you were right.

Not to sound too Clintonesque (Bill, not Hillary), but let's define our terms. If the bet is whether he'll "make a move," does that mean introduce a bill? Make an unambiguous public statement? Ask the Attorney General to take action?

I agree with you that it would be an act of conviction for him to speak up; and that it would be a political grab-bag of reactions; and that he's risk adverse.

But I think that marriage equality is becoming less risky much more quickly than I would have predicted. And while I don't expect a big bold move, I think we'll see the President and his surrogates praising states that pass equality, opposing states the have divisive referenda, and event taking steps through the DOJ.

If we can fit that into a bet, you're on...

Feb. 02 2012 12:48 PM
RXN from Queens

Let's hope that Obama realizes that only a man and woman can make a baby, and that the covenant of marriage is between those who, by their nature, can create a child. Any other "love" between spouses is a false love.

Feb. 01 2012 10:30 AM

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