What utterly cynical pandering for votes, considering his past statements on the issue and his true ambivalence to ending DADT....
From Floyd Reports:
Obama Says His Views May “Evolve” on Gay Marriage
Posted on October 29, 2010 by Ben Johnson by Ben Johnson
Barack Obama’s history of forcing his revolutionary agenda on the American people by any means necessary may soon reach a new front. The president hosted a conference with five far-Left bloggers this week, in which he signaled he is reassessing his stance on homosexual “marriage” and expected his views to “evolve.”
Obama’s sodomy soliloquy came in response to Joe Sudbay of AMERICABlog, who asked him, “I just really want to know, what is your position on same-sex marriage?”
The president began by belittling the importance of his invited guests. “Joe, I do not intend to make big news sitting here with the five of you, as wonderful as you guys are,” Obama joked. Even among left-wingers, his condescension knows no bounds.
Then he replied:
I am a strong supporter of civil unions. As you say, I have been to this point unwilling to sign on to same-sex marriage primarily because of my understandings of the traditional definitions of marriage.
But I also think you’re right that attitudes evolve, including mine. And I think that it is an issue that I wrestle with and think about because I have a whole host of friends who are in gay partnerships. I have staff members who are in committed, monogamous relationships, who are raising children, who are wonderful parents.
And I care about them deeply. And so while I’m not prepared to reverse myself here, sitting in the Roosevelt Room at 3:30 in the afternoon, I think it’s fair to say that it’s something that I think a lot about. That’s probably the best you’ll do out of me today.
The one thing I will say today is I think it’s pretty clear where the trend lines are going. (Emphases added. Read the full transcript here.)
The president’s incrementally pro-gay “marriage” stance will come as no surprise to readers of this website. In the same report in which Obama chose to haul Arizona before the UN Human Rights Council, he wrote:
Earlier this year, the [Obama] Administration extended many benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees, and supports the pending Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act, a law that would extend additional benefits currently accorded to married couples to same sex partners. Furthermore, President Obama is committed to the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” statute, which prevents gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, and both the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense have testified at congressional hearings in support of its repeal. The President has also supported passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Debate continues over equal rights to marriage for LGBT Americans at the federal and state levels, and several states have reformed their laws to provide for same-sex marriages, civil unions, or domestic partnerships. At the federal level, the President supports repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Obama’s reference to same-sex marriage as an “equal rights” issue in a report to the UN Human Rights Council was neither extraneous nor happenstance. His intention is to provoke an international backlash to provide cover to pursue a deeply unpopular position he already favors. The battle over Arizona’s immigration law proves instructive.
As with same-sex marriage, Obama wrote Arizona’s S.B. 1070 had “generated significant attention and debate at home and around the world.” A month later, a UN agency responded with a thinly veiled critique of Arizona’s immigration law that equated its supporters with”xenophobes and racists.” The report demanded nations provide illegal immigrants with access to broad social welfare programs, including “reproductive healthcare” (abortion). After the international condemnation, Obama allowed 11 Latin American nations to join a federal lawsuit against the Arizona statute. It seems everyday the administration ratchets up the pressure on the one state that threatens to interfere with his plan of importing millions of illegals, who vote overwhelmingly Democratic. Last summer, SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer and honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America Eliseo Medina revealed the progressives’ real agenda: by providing amnesty, “we will create a governing coalition for the long-term, not just for an election cycle.”
Compare these actions with the president’s policies on homosexuality. He has provided benefits to same-sex “partners” of some federal employees. His Justice Department essentially threw the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” case. Supreme Court disaster Elena Kagan deliberately undermined the Obama administration’s “defense” of the Defense of Marriage Act while she was Solicitor General.
Now, the president has placed the issue of same-sex marriage before the UN Human Rights Council, inviting the World Body to exercise jurisdiction over the most divisive of U.S. social issues.
How long will it be until Eric Holder teams up with a dozen foreign nations to sue for the legalization of gay “marriage”?
Significant precedent exists for the Legal Left’s overturning of the American people’s most cherished values. Four sitting U.S. Supreme Court justices, including Obama appointees Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, support using foreign law in place of the U.S. Constitution. Lawrence v. Texas, the 2003 Supreme Court case that struck down that state’s anti-sodomy law, cited European law in its rationale.
Obama has long promised an “activist” executive branch to enforce “civil rights” actions. He has even mulled over ruling by executive over beginning in 2011.
If the president, with or without UN cover, decrees that same-sex marriage is a “civil right” demanding “equal rights,” expect him to spare no effort to foist it on the American people, their collective opposition notwithstanding.
If the president has proven one thing, it is that public opinion will not stand in his way. Gallup polls indicate 53 percent of Americans oppose same-sex marriage. Indeed, almost half of all Americans still believe the traditional Christian teaching that homosexuality is “morally unacceptable.”Moreover, propaganda aside, evidence continues to mount that homosexuality is an unhealthy and destructive lifestyle.
The popular will is meaningless to an ideologue like Obama. No less than 70 percent of all Americans support the Arizona immigration law, yet he continues to put the screws to the state’s lawmakers in every conceivable way.
When will the president’s “evolution” bring the same treatment for homosexuals?
Without a UN decree, a major shift in the electorate, or the likely prospect of political defeat (or impeachment), look for Obama to intensify his Fabian cultural Marxism not a day before November 6, 2012.