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President Obama Skirts The Gay Marriage Question During A Press Conference Wednesday

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But he had no problem patting himself on the back for the things he has done.

This afternoon, President Barack Obama was asked to comment on whether marriage is a civil right. Of course, he knew what the reporter was getting at - they wanted him to finally voice a solid opinion on gay marriage - but President Obama decided not to directly address the issue. Rather, he again enforced his support for individual states to decide for themselves. He said:

“Let me start by saying this administration under my direction has consistently said we cannot discriminate as a country on the basis of sexual orientation. And we have done more in the two and half years that I’ve been here than the previous 43 presidents to uphold that principle…What I’ve seen happen over the last several years, and what happened in New York last week, was a good thing. What you saw was the people of New York having a debate, talking through these issues; it was contentious, it was emotional, but ultimately they made a decision to recognize civil marriages. And I think that’s exactly how things should work. And so I think it’s important for us to work through these issues, because each community is going to be different and each state is going to be different to work through them.”

Spoken like a true politician.

We're grateful for the steps you have taken in the defense of marriage equality, Mr. President, but we are still so eager for you to take a firmer stance on the issue. So many of your constituents look to you for guidance and if perhaps you made a stronger effort for the change, your representatives across this nation would follow suit.

Equality for all, Mr. President. That's what we want. It's not so much to ask.

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30 comments to “President Obama Skirts The Gay Marriage Question During A Press Conference Wednesday”



  1. 1

    Aren't you going to call him a homophobe like you do everyone else??



  2. 2

    Of course… he has an election to win in 2012 and if he says whether or not he's in support of gay marriage, he'll lose voters either way. If he wins in 2012, the issue will be addressed in his second term. If he were to say he's in support of gay marriage, he'd lose a lot of religious voters, especially the blacks and Hispanics, who are a big demographic that he needs. Unfortunately, if he doesn't win in 2012, marriage equality is going to be f***ed. I don't understand why Mario doesn't understand this. Not supporting Obama is only going to bring someone like Bachmann into office, who will do everything in her power to damage all progress that has been made. Do I like that Obama hasn't made a firm stance? No, but I understand why he's doing it and would rather he stay quiet and win the election than bring a religious zealot into office.



  3. 3

    Boo fucking hoo. You should've asked his opinion before you voted for him fuckwad.



  4. 4

    Ahhhh. I just worked it out. Why Perez seems to be willing to trash his own website and turn readers off from ever coming back… He knows that the gay mafia will win out eventually, its only a matter of time. The rest of the population will give the wheiners what they want just to shut them the fuck up. He will want to claim victory and have his work (self) proclaimed to be behind the entire gay rights movement. He reckons thats an OK trade.



  5. 5

    Obama has always been against gay marriage. when he was state senator he was the one along with his law firm that sued the state when unions where first pasted under gov. ryan . what makes you think he will support this now?



  6. 6

    OH PLEASE!!!!! At least Mario, you are starting to recognize that he is PASSING THE BUCK!!! Done more that the last 43 presidents!!! This was not even an issue for that last, WHAT? 38 PRESIDENTS? Is he trying to say he did more in 2-3 than what our founding fathers did, back in the late 1700's, early 1800s, coming here WITHOUT ANYTHING? Breaking free of England, building a Country, fighting in the wilderness, BUILDING IN THE WILDERNESS? (do you have any idea how big the Cumberland Gap is and how it was founded? -it was Meteorite that formed a gap, the ONLY gap in the APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS so settlers could go west. A small area, beat through with knives!) But all that MEANS NOTHING BECAUSE NONE OF THESE MEN ADDRESSED GAY RIGHTS. SHAME ON THEM! HORRAY FOR OBAMA! His HEAD IS GETTING MUCH TOO BIG!



  7. 7

    In Obama words :
    Marriage needs to be dicated by the state
    but
    Health Insurance needs to be dicated by the Feds

    makes no sense

  8. buck says – reply to this


    8

    Simple math for obama: gays make up under 2% of the population and of those they vote about 70% democrat . african-Americans ( who are solidily against gay marriage –or homophobic as hilton would say ) make up a little over 10% of the population and the latest Rasmuesen poll shows that 95% of registered black voters would vote for obama again.



  9. 9

    Where's the bashing you usually pull out for anyone that doesnt back gay marriage 100%? Oh - I get it - that only occurs when theyre not democrats….. (As if Obama would tick off alot of his political base to help a block thats going to vote for him anyway)



  10. 10

    I didn't vote in the last election, we seemed screwed either way. Obama's not going to say anything that damages his 2012 campaign so forget him supporting anything controversial until 2012 when he knows he can't be voted in for another term anyways and has nothing to loose.



  11. 11

    Re: buck – Most blacks are not homophobic its more about religion than anything else. And trust me Obama needed more than just the black vote to get into office. Blacks make up one of the smallest population in America. Of Course Obama is not going to address the gay marriage issue he isn't stupid. He knows that the percentage of Americas against gay marriage is higher than the percentage of people for it.



  12. 12

    don't cry and complain now pole boy…………..



  13. 13

    I agree that this is a religious issue. I know many weddings are performed in Vegas, but I wonder how many U.S. weddings are still performed in a church. In the Catholic church, marriage is a sacrament. How many Americans truly support non-religious weddings? Obama is saying each state needs to decide. It could take a very long time for all states to decide in favor of gay marriage. (Some are really borderline on the topic. They might for yes but by a small margin or they might vote yes, then change their mind.) Change takes time. Obama is right about a lot of the change happening under his term (not that he's causing the change). More people are talking about gay marriage now than in the past. More courts are discussing gay marriage now than in the past. This will not happen overnight.



  14. 14

    Re: Renee1234 – please just shut up, you are totally dumb.

  15. buck says – reply to this


    15

    Re: Renee1234 – never said blacks were homophobic, thats what Hilton does. and blacks do make up a smal percentage of Americans, they are a little over 10% and 95% of them will vote for obama. to have 10% of the vote just because of your skin color is a great leg up in any election.



  16. 16

    Skirting the issue is how he got the presidential nod and ultimately won…check his senate record, he voted on nothing controversial. why start now?



  17. 17

    So Perez's savior (Obama) is not a homophobe but anyone else that is not giving it to him up the butt is. Sooooo two faced. The world does not have to bow down to the gay community.



  18. 18

    Re: Renee1234 – Buck's not calling them homophobic, he's saying Perez would say that.



  19. 19

    he doesn't want to reiterate that he is against gay marriage for fear that he may drop in the polls-
    shows me that he isn't confident about his chance for re-election and is desperately trying to alienate as few voters as possible
    .
    it's the tanking economy that he's made worse that will be the issue for most of us-not gay marriage-that will come but the economy is not recovering with his dumping of more money into all the wrong places and increasing the debt even more!
    .
    he hasn't figured out that you can not spend your way out of a debt crisis!!
    guess that wasn't part of his community oganizer training and not taught in law school
    you can't teach common sense!



  20. 20

    Re: Renee1234 – Apparently you don't follow Perez, being religious means you are homophobic, not supporting gay marriage means your homophobic, not bowing down to anything and everything Perez believes means you ARE homophobic. Actual definitions and facts don't concern Perez, inciting hatred does.



  21. 21

    Perez, I hate to say it but it seems to me (a gay Canadian) that based on how your system is supposed to work, this IS a state issue. Although, so are a lot of things the federal government has gotten involved in as of late.



  22. 22

    I'm really starting to hate your site, too effing liberal. This is supposed to be a celebrity gossip site. Get off your high horse, stop telling me who i should or shouldn't vote for and start giving me celebrity gossip



  23. 23

    Perez you need to let it go.. Not EVERY press conference or public speech has to address gay rights issues.. Shit there are more pressing matters at hand and you should really get your priorities straight. Id rather see him address health care, public education, the economy, housing trends, and employment! UGH



  24. 24

    And yet his drones still refuse to believe he's anything but the progressive, liberal Messiah. If they would've done their homework instead of falling for the hype they would've realized he's never really been for gay marriage. And I love how now they're trying to justify his non-stance by saying it's something he needs to do to get re-elected. Aren't those just the same political games he spoke against and said he was going to change? "Change we can believe in" my ass. He's just another middle-of-the-road Democrat. Stop trying to say he's better or above the other Democrats who were also bidding for the presidential nomination and call him out for what he is: another typical politician.



  25. 25

    Pres Obama does NOT speak against gay marriage — he's made it very clear that he thinks it's a state-by-state issue; not a federal issue. I agree. Perez your site becomes increasingly prejudice against anyone who doesn't say "hooray gays are great". Acting like "victims" isn't helping this progress for equality.

  26. @v@ says – reply to this


    26

    Most slippery eel politicians want no part of electorate hot potatoes. They couldn't be seen to lead or anything.



  27. 27

    With roughly half of the US population against the idea of gay marriage the President knows he cant take a strong stance on the issue until after he wins re-election. Hes playing it safe for now, but we will see a much more gay marriage friendly president in his second term when he wont give a fuck about about what social conservatives think. Stay with him Perez. We cant give power to the other (wrong) side when we are so close to getting federally recognized marriage equality in this decade.



  28. 28

    You Americans are so silly, expecting one man to be able to change so much in such a short amount of time.
    Rome wasn't built in a day kiddies.

  29. frrf says – reply to this


    29

    Yeah because there is nothing more important going on in the world like joblessness, homelessness, rising prices of gas and food, or wars, or any god damn thing else.



  30. 30

    When Obama was at the Saddleback church a few years ago, he stated that he believed in civil unions for gay couples but he still upholds that marriage is between a man and a woman. He has to remain in the middle about this issue if he wants to be re-elected, that's why he's not voicing his opinion one way or another. If he agrees with gay marriage, the conservatives and some independents will not vote for him. If he says he's totally against it, liberals/some independents will not vote for him. Remaining neutral is what he's been doing and still seems to cling to.