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POLL: Does Bethel Support Gay Marriage?

Obama announced that he supports gay marriage. Which side of this controversial fence does Bethel sit on?

 

 

President Obama has spoken out in support of gay marriage.  In an article on Huffington Post, Obama said he based some of his opinion on conversations with his children, who didn’t understand why gay marriage would be opposed.

 Obama said, "When I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don't Ask Don't Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, 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," he said.

 In a photo gallery attached to that story, several Democratic politicians and supporters applauded Obama for taking such a strong position. 

 New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, "This is a major turning point in the history of American civil rights. No American president has ever supported a major expansion of civil rights that has not ultimately been adopted by the American people - and I have no doubt that this will be no exception.”

 In a long line of supporting comments, Conservative John Brunner’s Tweet was included, but not as a supporter.  “What @barackobama did today regarding same-sex marriage is something I will never do. I'm a consistent conservative. #mosen”   

 

Last summer, one day after the announcement was made that same sex marriage had been made legal in New York.

“There shouldn't be any objections when two people love each other,” said Ramirez. “The feeling is the same, and all we want is to be able to take care of each other forever.”  

 

Do you think Obama was right in supporting gay marriage or not?  Tell us in the comments or take the poll.

Kristin May 10, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I am a supporter of gay marriage. And what Obama did was incredible in my opinion. IMO, no one should stand between any couple's love for each other!
--- May 10, 2012 at 01:44 PM
What President Obama did was obviously political in nature and nothing more. His flip-flopping on this issue is blatant, so to crow about his bravery and awesomeness in deciding, conveniently, to now be all about homosexual marriage is not realistic.
Ellen May 10, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I got married 2 years ago next month. Contrary to popular belief, Connecticut didnt fall into the Long Island sound :) Though I believe yesterdays announcement was totally political. Keep talking about social issues and not about the economy.
Dana Jonson May 10, 2012 at 03:04 PM
While I agree that this is likely a political strategy, to say that they are only words and nothing more is not exactly fair. After all, Obama did elevate homosexuals to a protected class status for purposes of hate crimes and eradicated Don't Ask Don't Tell. So, some action has been taken though I also agree not enough. This isn't, however, about gay rights, this is about equal rights. All American citizens are entitled to equal protection under the law and to prohibit same sex marriages is to deny that equal protection. Further, under no circumstances should civil rights ever be put to a popular vote! Ever. If it had always been this way we would likely still have slavery and I wouldn't be able to vote!
Kindra King May 10, 2012 at 04:35 PM
You put that very eloquently Dana! I am not an Obama fan, but, I do like how you stated that no one should be allowed to vote on civil rights!

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