Sexuality and the State

BREAKING: Obama says he supports same-sex marriage

From CNN Politics

(CNN) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday he supports same-sex marriage, raising the political stakes on an issue over which Americans are evenly split.

The announcement was the first by a sitting president and put Obama squarely at odds with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

“At a certain point 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,” Obama said in an interview with ABC News.

Obama once opposed same-sex marriage. He later indicated his views were “evolving.”

“I had hesitated on gay marriage, in part, because I thought civil unions would be sufficient,” the president said. “I was sensitive to the fact that — for a lot of people — that the word marriage is something that provokes very powerful traditions and religious beliefs.”

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  1. I am being the prophet of the obvious here on ATS today by posting this. The Democrat wing of the ruling class has adopted the values of political correctness, and upper middle class and middle class liberals will continue to support the party despite the expansion of the police state, the suspension of habeas corpus, expansion of “humanitarian” wars in the middle east, and their stark inability to address the issues that plague the underclass including a war on drugs that incarcerates minorities at an alarming rate, a limit on access to capital in underclass and minority communities, globalization of the economy which pits the working poor against indentured servants from Latin America and Southeast Asia,

    With this proclamation of support of gay marriage the Obama administration has banked on securing the support of homosexuals and their allies for the presidential election, and counts this support as more crucial than any support he may lose from minority groups that tend to not support gay marriage.

    The ARV perspective on gay rights and same sex marriage is that these are matters to be decided at a local level. We do not engage in all or nothing national level politics of this kind. We feel that cosmopolitan, liberal cities ought not to impose their values (including views on same sex marriage) on conservatives counties and suburbs and vice versa. Upper middle class and middle class homosexuals and their allies ought not have the power to impose same sex marriage on conservative or religious conservative communities. Likewise, evangelical Christians ought not have the power to define marriage for liberal, cosmopolitan communities that wish to recognize marriage between same sex couples.

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