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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

"Gay for Pay"

Obama reversal on same-sex marriage comes just days after donors threatened to withhold funds

As the Church Lady used to say on SNL: "How conveeeeeeenient!"
President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage less than 48 hours after the Washington Post reported that prominent political donors were threatening to withhold donations over the president’s position on gay rights. “[A]t 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,” Obama told ABC News in an interview. Left-wing blogger Greg Sargent reported on Monday that “leading gay and progressive donors” were angry with Obama over his increasingly convoluted position on gay rights and same-sex marriage, and were refusing to donate any more money to Priorities USA, the pro-Obama Super PAC.
R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, is furious:
“This calculated announcement comes too late to be of any use to the people of North Carolina, or any of the other states that have addressed this issue on his watch,” Mr. Cooper said. “This administration has manipulated LGBT families for political gain as much as anybody, and after his campaign’s ridiculous contortions to deny support for marriage equality this week he does not deserve praise for an announcement that comes a day late and a dollar short.”
Elliot Abrams at the Weekly Standard points out that Obama has supported gay marriage in the past only when it's been politically expedient:
In fact, Obama has not “evolved”—he has changed his position whenever his political fortunes required him to do so. Running for the Illinois state senate from a trendy area of Chicago in 1996, he was for gay marriage. “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages,” he wrote in answer to a questionnaire back then. In 2004, he was running for the U.S. Senate and needed to appeal to voters statewide. So he evolved, and favored civil unions but opposed homosexual “marriage.” In 2008, running for president, he said, “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.” Now in 2012, facing a tough reelection campaign where he needs energized supporters of gay “marriage” and has disappointed them with his refusal to give them his support, he is for it. To paraphrase John Kerry, he was for it before he was against it before he was for it again.
Gay activists are rejoicing over Obama's Road to Damascus conversion. It took him long enough - he's only had three and a half years in the White House to make up his mind, and I'm sure it's just a coincidence that polls show him neck and neck with Romney with the election six months away. Obama gives panderers a bad name.


Alain said...

You will find he operates in the same way pertaining to all issues. The pipeline is one fine example.

Anonymous said...

If there were votes to be had being pro-gay then Romney would be pro-gay.