Wednesday, May 09, 2012

President Obama Comes Out In Favor of Gay Marriage

President Obama has announced that he now supports gay marriage. That's a huge turnaround from his prior stance on the issue, and he does so at a time when the civil rights of gays and lesbians are under assault from social conservatives who think that they should be imposing their religious views on others.

I think he saw the reaction garnered from what VP Joe Biden and Sec. Arne Duncan said in support of gay marriage.

It was the right thing to do because it goes towards equal rights and equal protections under the law.

However, this has political ramifications going into November's presidential elections. While it would reinforce his support, it can also serve to energize the GOP base to support Mitt Romney to thwart potential changes in federal law and policy that could help the GOP in rallying the so-cons against him in battleground states.

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