John McCain Believes the institution of marriage is a union between one man and one woman. Says states and local governments should set their own marriage policies. Voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of
That belief is bolstered by the fact that Obama did, in fact, endorse same-sex marriage in when running for the Illinois State Senate. By the time he was a presidential candidate inObama had changed his position, stating his support for civil unions with full federal benefits, but noting that as a Christian he believed marriage was between a man and a woman. Badash told France
Now, for me as a Christian — for me — for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. I am not in favor of gay marriage. Now, I want to add we have a duty to uphold existing law, but I believe we must do so in a way that does not exacerbate old divides.
The revelation, underwhelming as it may be to those who followed the debate closely, came in a passage from the president's longtime aide and adviser David Axelrod in his new book, Believer: My Forty Years In Politics. Axelrod admits that Obama personally supported the legalization of marriage equality for same-sex couples but claimed he didn't for political reasons. Gay marriage was a particularly nagging issue.
Barack Obama misled Americans for his own political benefit when he claimed in the election to oppose same sex marriage for religious reasons, his former political strategist David Axelrod writes in a new book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics. Axelrod writes that he knew Obama was in favor of same-sex marriages during the first presidential campaign, even as Obama publicly said he only supported civil unions, not full marriages. Axelrod also admits to counseling Obama to conceal that position for political reasons.
Thompson, then a traveling aide, recalls long conversations about topics like the Stonewall Rebellion that sparked the gay rights movement, gay adoption — Mr. Obama once volunteered that Mr. Thompson recalled — and same-sex marriagewhich Mr.
Several gay friends and wealthy gay donors to Senator Barack Obama have asked him over the years why, as a matter of logic and fairness, he opposes same-sex marriage even though he has condemned old miscegenation laws that would have barred his black father from marrying his white mother. The difference, Mr. Obama has told them, is religion. Obama believes that marriage is a sacred union, a blessing from God, and one that is intended for a man and a woman exclusively, according to these supporters and Obama campaign advisers.
This week, David Axelrod and Barack Obama engaged in a bit of role reversal. The president, convoluted as ever on the topic of marriage equality, cleared up little about his personal views. He was kind of for it in a candidate questionnaire before he was against it as a U.
It was a new look for the White House: illuminated in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage nationwide. Obama took office in as a self-described "fierce advocate" for gay rights, yet for much of his first term drew flak from impatient, skeptical activists who viewed him as too cautious, too politically expedient. They were frustrated he wouldn't endorse same-sex marriage — Obama cagily said he was "evolving" — and wanted him to move faster on several other issues.