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President's Obama's Stance on Gay Marriage Is a Non-Issue

by Jenny Erikson on May 17, 2012 at 9:28 PM

time gay obama coverLast week, Vice President Joe Biden accidentally moved up the timeline for Obama to address the gay marriage issue by publicly declaring his personal support of it. “Open mouth, insert foot,” seems to be Biden’s M.O., so it’s a wonder the White House ever lets him go off script.  

The milk being spilt, President Obama decided to make known his opinion on gay marriage. The day after North Carolinians voted in favor of Amendment One to define marriage in the state constitution as a union between one man and one woman, Obama said that he personally supports gay marriage. Then he repealed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). 

Just kidding.

President Obama stressed that while he personally supports gay marriage, he believes that it should be a state issue. I know this will shock a lot of my regular readers, but I completely agree with the president on this issue. Like any other issue not addressed in the U.S. Constitution, I defer to the 10th amendment, which states:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

This whole gay marriage rigmarole seems to be serving as a distraction from the real issues. It’s not like Obama even accomplished anything by saying he supports it. He didn’t move to repeal DOMA, he didn’t sign an executive order banning same sex discrimination for federal contractors, and he declared it a state issue, a typically conservative viewpoint.

President Obama’s stance on gay marriage won’t win him the election in November. Speaking of silly things Joe Biden says, it’s all about that three-letter word: J-O-B-S. The White House can say the economy is recovering all it wants by pointing to declining unemployment numbers, but the truth is that things are so bad that people have just stopped looking for work. You’re not ‘unemployed’ if you’re not actively looking for work.

I filled up my gas tank recently to the tune of $108. Energy prices are skyrocketing thanks to President Obama’s energy and foreign policies. That’s money I would’ve spent stimulating the economy, maybe on a new pair of shoes or a dinner out. Instead, it is literally being burned up making my car go so I can drive carpool and run errands.

The economy is the number one issue this election cycle. After all, whether or not gay people have the right to legally marry is a moot point if our country collapses under economic strain. 

Filed Under: 2012 election, marriage equality

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  • JAFE
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    JAFE

    May 17, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    It's a HUGE distraction. We need to talk about REAL issues for this one. This election is make or break time for a lot of us. 


  • bills...
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    billsfan1104

    May 17, 2012 at 9:53 PM
    I am tired of this. People have acted like Obama is a hero and he did something brave. He did nothing of the sort. He distracted from the real issues, juat like this phoney war on women.
  • Saphr...
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    SaphronScribble

    May 17, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    @billsfan - I am assuming you are a woman (if I am incorrect and you are a man, this following statement does not apply) - I always wondering about women who seem to act against their own self-interests. Can you please tell me why you believe the war on women to be "phoney"? I ask with genuine curiosity, I'm not trying to bash you. I just really would like to know why some women choose to act against their own self-interests and support the patriarchal instiutions that repress them. My leading hypothesis is that these women are brainwashed by the chauvinistic males and other brainwashed women of society, but obviously this is just a theory, and I'd love if you could explain your rationale to me. Would you please explain your point of view?


  • Saphr...
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    SaphronScribble

    May 17, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Jenny you can't blame the bad economy as being 100% Obama's fault. The economy is a complex, multi-facated jauggernaught that's affected by multiple factors. Simplifying the issue by saying "well it's all one man's fault because that's easy for me to understand!" is simple juvenile. It's tempting to want to blame hardship on one thing, one person, but that viewpoint is myiopic, inefficient, and ultimately destructive. After all, the economy was in the toilet when Bush, a Republican, was in power. Surely by your "it's all the President's fault!" viewpoint it was Bush's fault too? Or no, it's ONLY Democrats' faults? Even though, you know, the economy tanked BEFORE a liberal president came to office...seriously, try widening your POV just ONCE, try not putting everything into black & white boxes, trying not over-simplifying everything. You could write intelligently Jenny - if only you actually pushed yourself and bothered to try.


  • Procr...
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    Procrastamom

    May 17, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Hmm, ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHT BUCKS to fill up a vehicle?  I'm so (not) surprised to hear that Jenny Erikson is basically driving a Hummer around town and complaining about the cost of filling it up.  I filled up a car today.  In Canada where it cost me what equates to more than five bucks a gallon.  And it only cost me $57.  Please Jenny, spare us your continual whining about your CHOICE to drive a gas-guzzler.

    You can gripe all you want (and boy oh boy, does the Stir ever indulge you in that regard!), but Mittens will not win this November.  I would give about anything in the world to be a fly on your wall when the election results come in and you have to face reality!


  • chigi...
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    chigirl1228

    May 17, 2012 at 11:16 PM
    I was thinking the same thing procrast. It cost me roughly $45 to fill up my tank yesterday. People who choose to own SUVs to keep up with the jones' give up their rights to complain about gas costs. And on an average day I have 3 kids 2 in car seats and one in a booster to cart around in my modest 4 door grand prix.
  • bills...
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    billsfan1104

    May 17, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    saphron, even if I answered you, you would still think that I am "brainwashed" by a chauvenistic male. 

    I think the way I do, because I do not think the government needs to take care of me.  The government does not need to pay for my food, health care, birth control or any other personal things.  They are only to use my taxes to pay for roads, bridges, protection(police, fireman, military).  I also believe that my taxes go for people who cannot take care of themselves, i.e. the disabled and the elderly when they get to the point they need help.  I am tired of seeing my tax dollars go to the welfare cow next door to me that gets 800 dollars a month in food stamps, rent paid for, electric and heat, cell phone and medical care.  She doesnt work and neither does her husband.  on top of getting 800 a month in food stamps, the local church that comes around, gives her boxes of food. 


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    HockeyMomNJ

    May 18, 2012 at 12:45 AM
    Saphron, just as you asked, id like to ask you one. What exactly do you mean when you say women choose to act against their own interest and support patriarchal institutions that suppress them. How so? Again, totally not bashing you. Just curious
  • Hocke...
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    HockeyMomNJ

    May 18, 2012 at 12:46 AM
    And what about the "war on women"? What makes that real to you?
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    Asnal Abbas

    May 18, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    WOW I LOVE UUUU NEW YORK CITY.........


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