President Obama comes out of the closet on gay marriage
By Paul Moomjean 05/24/2012
Recently, Vice President Joe Biden did what he does best: made President Barack Obama squirm. After Biden “came out of closet” in his support for gay marriage, Obama had to “come out,” too, in support of one of the most controversial and divisive issues in America. Biden’s comments on “Meet the Press” earlier this month, in support of gay marriage, forced Obama to make a final “pro” stance.
While this may sound wonderful to the progressives and liberals frustrated with the pro-Wall Street and pro-Israel president, and might get them to come back out in November, the rest of the country (middle America especially) might not be as happy.
Back in 2008, America’s pastor Rick Warren asked Obama about gay marriage, and the Illinois junior senator responded by claiming that he believed marriage was between a man and woman and that civil unions were sufficient. He has since flip-flopped.
“I had hesitated on gay marriage, in part because I thought civil unions would be sufficient, that that was something that would give people hospital visitation rights and other elements that we take for granted,” the president recently said, “and I was sensitive to the fact that for a lot of people, you know, the word ‘marriage’ was something that evokes very powerful traditions, religious beliefs and so forth.”
What this means for Mitt Romney is huge. Obama has wakened a sleeping giant. I am making this prediction now: Evangelical Christians will come out in a wave of support for a man they weren’t too happy about.
Leading the charge for Camp Romney is Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, and he has decided to throw as much evangelical as support he can.
“The president’s announcement today that he supports legalizing same-sex marriage finally brings his words in sync with his actions,” Perkins said after the president came out in support of same-sex marriages. Perkins went even further, reminding us that this is war, political war: “The President has provided a clear contrast between him and his challenger, Mitt Romney. Romney, who has signed a pledge to support a marriage protection amendment to the U.S. Constitution, may have been handed the key to social conservative support by President Obama.”
What does this really do for Romney? Everything. And I mean everything. Overnight, Obama has made Romney more conservative by becoming more liberal. He’s made Mitt Romney more “Christian” and he’s created a potential fundraising juggernaut for the GOP.
“Christian Republicans” are primarily concerned with two issues: gay marriage and abortion. These aren’t Republicans who happen to be Christians and fight for conservative governments; I’m talking about Christians who only vote if they feel they have a Christian cause to battle for.
Christian Republicans like Pat Robertson have already begun to rise in their support of Romney. Robertson told his “700 Club” on May 18 that Romney’s Mormonism is no longer an issue. Obama has no idea what his newfound stance has cost him.
As for the issue itself, I believe it is time for the Supreme Court to finally take this issue and put it to rest by stating marriage shouldn’t be the government’s issue. Having states decide is silly. Citizens can’t be married in California and then drive to Arizona and not be. The issue is too big to create a secular government solution for a religious idea.
The government isn’t in the dating business, or the friends business, or the picking co-ed softball teams issue, so why this relationship? It is time government realized that marriage is a religious ideal, not a secular one. Let churches decide who they will marry and not marry. There shouldn’t be tax breaks or tax hikes because people want to be single, married, parents or celibate monks.
While I don’t consider myself a Libertarian, on this issue, I feel like a Ron Paul approach would be best, and let’s get government out of marriage. There is no other issue in life where we mix church and state like this. What if we had government-approved baptisms? Let the church be the church and the government be the government.
And for the record, let Biden be Biden, so Obama won’t be president.