President Obama is heading to New York tomorrow for LGBT fundraiser with members of the Gay Community but what does the President actually believe about Gay Marriage? Is his public opposition to it real or another of his duplicitous political positions that satisfies independent swing voters in America while negating his real opinion of being in favor of gay civil unions?
In 1996 when Barack was a college professor running for Illinois State Senate in a wealthy, liberal Chicago neighborhood, Obama answered a questions in a local paper called Outlines. He checked a box in the sentence “I favor same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages” according homosexual Chicago website Windy City Media Group.
But once Obama was actually elected to state office, his position suddenly changed. In 1998, in response to an Illinois State National Political Awareness test, here is how he responded to the question: “Do you believe that the Illinois government should recognize same-sex marriages?” (answer) Undecided. Source: Project Vote Smart
By 2004, on the verge of running for national office in the U.S. Senate, Obama told The Windy City Times “I think that marriage, in the minds of a lot of voters, has a religious connotation. I know that’s true in the African-American community.” (February 4, 2004)
Then 4 years later, running for President, appearing at the Saddleback mega-church in Southern California, talking to Pastor Rick Warren, Obama said quite clearly he was against same sex marriage:
So, Obama goes from supporting gay marriage 1996 to apposing it in 2008, and still purportedly apposes it now though he says his position is evolving. Hard to see how his position has changed so much because the only thing that has changed is his need for a wider audience to vote for him, like the much needed moderate independent swing voters. In the last few days, the White House has seemed to struggle as to what exactly to say about the President’s obvious flip-flop over the years about the Obama’s official position on gay marriage. At Netroots Nation last week, a liberal activists online community, Dan Pfieffer, White House communications director, was asked about Obama’s stance on Gay Marriage and that 1996 questionnaire:
So, Pfieffer seems to be saying the President did not ever support same sex marriage, denying the President signed that questionnaire. Yesterday a reporter from the Washington Blade asked Press Secretary Jay Carney about that same questionnaire and the answer also seems to be evolving:
So Jay Carney sums it all up by saying “I only know what his position was during the campaign and what it is now, I can’t answer what his position on same sex marriage was in 1996″
This appears to be a political calculation that is in contrast to his core belief on the subject, but once he committed to politically apposing same sex marriage during his presidential campaign in 2008, Obama got himself jammed up. Where is the liberal base of the democratic party accusing the President being a hypocrite when Obama received 77% of the gay vote in 2008. How does a person evolve from a position of supporting same-sex civil unions in 1996 to not supporting it in 2008, to now landing on it is a subject that is evolving and perhaps Obama will support it in 2011? Again, Obama is attending a gay fundraiser in New York this week and Obama is clearly on record as not supporting the gay progress?
It seems to be a mystery as to what Barrack Obama really does believe in on most any political subject except spending, there is no debate on Obama’s love of government spending. I shouldn’t be so amazed that this President consistently gets a pass on such liberal core issues by the left where republican candidates are pummeled by network media for their conservative position on social matters