(This video cuts at the critical moment, see the video below for the rest of what the President said)

President Obama endorses same-sex marriage in an interview with ABC News:

“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors 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.”

Steve Benen: A full transcript of the president’s remarks is not yet available, but ABC’s report noted that Obama went on to say he talked with First Lady Michelle Obama about his position, and reflected on his views as they relate to his family’s Christianity: “We are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others but, you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule: treat others the way you would want to be treated. And I think that’s what we try to impart to our kids and that’s what motivates me as president and I figure the most consistent I can be in being true to those precepts, the better I’ll be as a as a dad and a husband and hopefully the better I’ll be as president.”

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290 Responses to “Forward”

  1. 1 taiping1
    May 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    He’s the man!

  2. 5 taiping1
    May 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm


  3. 7 Rita
    May 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    PBO saying openly what we knew he already believed deep down in his heart! Courage and conviction, that’s our President. Something Romney can only aspire to.

  4. 8 GGail
    May 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    He doesn’t move swiftly, but decisively. Thank you Mr. President for being a LEADER not a Follower.

    • 9 57andfemale
      May 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Oh, I am so tweeting this with your permission!

    • 13 Mel
      May 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      PBO Is NOT a flip floper he is a leader we are with you Mr President you have just showed the world
      that you care for all people no matter who they are or come from Thank you Sir we love you.

    • 14 Obama Grandmama
      May 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      When you take your time to weigh the information at hand and research your decisions are apt to be better than swiftly made decisions on the run.

    • 15 HZ
      May 9, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      GGail, thank you. You have spoken the bottom line. Listen to POB, watch his moves and actions, and believe in him, and Trust him. Then move Forward with him. I know what I am talking about. Please trust him, if you so desire. HZ

  5. 16 sherijr
    May 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    He’s a class act, courageous on a daily basis and I’m not even remotely surprised by his comment, I am however pleased. Now I’m off to donate to OFA and I truly hope this whole damn country does the same thing. Have a glorious afternoon folks 🙂

    • 17 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      May 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      Totally agree Sheri. What a remarkable role model for every person in America, and elsewhere …


    • 20 globalcitizenlinda
      May 9, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      what a day! thank you President Obama for standing up for equl rights of ALL!

  6. 21 utaustinliberal
    May 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks Linda.

  7. 27 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm


  8. 28 LunarSea
    May 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    well the fight for the soul of this country is about to get crazier.

    people better not abandom him now.

    godspeed mr prez and god bless the united states of america

  9. May 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Where’d this thread come from? I was over there on the old one, trying to come up with the most thought provoking ideas for the old threads. Oh well, they’re lost forever. I’ll try to be just as prolific on this one.

  10. 30 ranman11
    May 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I support my President!!!

  11. 31 Proud Former White House Intern
    May 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I am so proud and honored to serve under this President! Wonderful for the LGBT community.

  12. 32 Pamela
    May 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I love President Obama to bits! There is no one like him, he is the most and the best! KaBoom! 😆 {{{{{{{{{{{{{{Chipsticks}}}}}}}}}}}}}

  13. 33 nintendowii10
    May 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    To comment on the previous thread, I was a concern troll this past weekend and Chips put me into time out. I had ample time to reflect, and realized that concern trolling was wrong, especially over the subject I was concern trolling on.

    Now we have the marriage equality issue which some folks are concern trolling on. As a former concern troll I say ENOUGH!


    President Obama made it THIS FAR. He’s the mofo who ordered SEAL TEAM 6 to go into that Abbotabad compound and get bin Laden. He’s the mofo who got healthcare reform, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and more importantly, saved the economy and auto industry. He’s also the FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT!!!!

    Sorry if it seems like I’m yelling, but the concern trolling has to stop. This man is intelligent, he KNOWS what he is doing people. If he was as stupid as the right wing make it seem, he’d been beaten by McCain/Palin in 2008.

    Let’s continue to move FORWARD and IGNORE this media nonsense against the President. They WANT us to be upset so as to suppress votes for President Obama and help RoboMitt get elected. Let’s not let that happen TOD!

    FORWARD 2012!!!!

  14. May 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I will always have his back!

  15. 37 utaustinliberal
    May 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    • 38 debbyeOh
      May 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Yes indeed! That’s the way you do it! In ’08 everytime the right showed their was, I’d put my few dollars into the pot! So here we go!

    • 39 ranman11
      May 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm


    • 40 jackiegrumbacher
      May 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      Oh, UT. That’s just what I did because I so want PBO to see a spurt of donations after this announcement to show how much we’re behind him. This wasn’t easy for him to do, but he knows the risks and was willing to take them anyway. It cracked me up when Robney said he was opposed to gay marriage and would never change. What does it say about the rigidity of a person if they say up front I won’t change. Change is part of life and evolution of thinking is what growth is all about. No matter what age you are, to say that your views are frozen in cement and won’t change is to say you are less than human as well as a fool. Of course, we knew this already.

    • 41 Mel
      May 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Send this to RM show!!!!

  16. 42 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Whoa..pigs are flying – really!

    Dan Choi ‏ @ltdanchoi
    I am energized by @BarackObama supporting marriage equality; I look forward to his continued leadership.

    • 59 marachne
      May 9, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      I was waiting for a TODer to ask for the $$$ so I could both contribute and support folks here — gave under your name Kay. I am so proud of my president, and his courage. Just to let you know, there were plenty of LGBT folks out there saying “don’t push, wait until after the election” (for example progressive talk radio host Carl Wolfson opened his show with a rant about this on Monday), also just was over on Joe.My.God. (http://joemygod.blogspot.com/) where he posted some negative BS from Dan Savage. The push back against Dan was impressive — yeah some asshats on the left are going to whine, but will anything ever satisfy them?

      You want to see disgusting, read the Log Cabin Republicans response (you can find it over at Joe’s place too — along with all the wonderful statements from other LGBTQ and progressive organizations: http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2012/05/lgbt-progressive-groups-react.html

    • 61 Puddin'
      May 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      Done ($20.12)

  17. 62 mtmarilyn
    May 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Stand With President Obama in Support of Marriage Equality http://t.co/b0s74RnG

    This is a place to go and show your support for the President. Get this out. I have signed and tweeted it.

    I am in tears, I am so proud of this President! I will work my heart out for him!

  18. 69 Pamela
    May 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Dearest Chips, would you be so good as to raise your thermometer? A-hem! 😆

  19. 71 Liberal Librarian
    May 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    This is us. Right here. Right now. For the next 6 months.

    • 72 Dudette
      May 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Hell yeah, LL! Hell yeah!!

      On my feet — fist raise HIGH, dammit!!

    • 73 jackiegrumbacher
      May 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      Perfect, LL. Add sisters to the band and there’s no stopping us.

      • 74 Mel
        May 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm

        I am all in vamons amigos = let’s go friends till the end……….

      • 75 Pamela
        May 9, 2012 at 8:08 pm

        Sisters and Brothers of America, COUNT ME IN! We have his back! We stand with him and will walk the long road as One.! Blessings on us all, and especially on President Obama!

    • 76 desertflower
      May 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      Nice, LL…but I prefer this one:) Maybe because my daughter, at 3 and 4 years old, could recite this speech in its entirety!

      • 77 Liberal Librarian
        May 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm

        It was a tough choice between “Renaissance Man” and Mr. Brannagh. Either one is excellent. I never much liked Olivier’s version though—too stagey.

  20. May 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I just donated again to his campaign. He put his a$$ on the line politically, perhaps.. I’m determined to work even harder to make sure he is reelected.

  21. 79 Don
    May 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    The best LGBT President ever.

  22. May 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Biden will be on Jeopardy tonight! He reads one of the questions.

  23. 82 Dakota
    May 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    That’s MY President!!!!!! Take it to ’em!!!

  24. 83 57andfemale
    May 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm

  25. 84 Bill R.
    May 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    A short visit to Americablog comments tells me the firebagger haters are unappeased and will never be. But it looks like many of the concern trollers on the professional left will maybe find a way to support our President, especially after the Mittster’s declaration giving thumbs down to equal marriage and civil unions. He’s going back before GWB even.

    • 85 jackiegrumbacher
      May 9, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Bill, you will bruise your soul by hanging out with that crowd. They thrive on hate, revel in it, roll around it. It keeps their juices flowing. They’d rather have a despicable homophobe like Romney than support PBO. Sadly, those who live on hate also die on it. They are a pathetic bunch.

  26. May 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      • 89 Dudette
        May 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm

        They weren’t gonna vote for him anyway — no matter what.

        • 90 Liberal Librarian
          May 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

          So, it’s clear where their loyalties lie. Not with gay rights, but with the Party over all. Asswipes. They can thank us when they’re allowed to marry. I won’t take their thanks, though, but throw it back in their faces.

          • 91 Dudette
            May 9, 2012 at 5:06 pm

            It just occurred to me, they no longer have a reason to exist, do they?
            Now they can just fold themselves into the rank-in-file Republicans, right? Yeh, good luck with that Logheads.

          • 92 Mel
            May 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

            LL you are a 1000 right it’s about loyalty of the PTY I notice when PBO end DADT tthe PL still were not
            happy. I think the crowd never vote for PBO to begin with.

            • 93 Puddin'
              May 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm

              I have a client who is a forty-something, white woman with a pre-existing medical condition, was unemployed for the better part of 2011 and went to college on Pell Grants…grew up in Dallas, Texas…live in San Francisco, CA…IS A REPUBLICAN. I told her that the GOP think/care no more about her than they do me…A BLACK FEMALE DEMOCRAT!

    • 94 Linda
      May 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      They can go suck an egg

    • 95 theo67
      May 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      They’ve shown the world just how deep their self-loathing goes. Their statement makes no sense, especially when taken in context that their party’s nominee thinks they are an abomination and wants to pass a Constitutional amendment denying them from the rights of marriage for all time. They have zero credibility and deserve zero respect.

    • 96 jackiegrumbacher
      May 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Imagine how filled with bile you have to be to call PBO’s thoughtful, sensitive, loving statement “offensive” and not bat an eye at Robney’s outright homophobia. It’s a weird psychology that leads someone to a place like that.

    • 97 Lovepolitics2008
      May 9, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Let’s see how they will feel in the next weeks when their party will go crazy about trashing their way of life day after day after day.

  27. 98 Jessica
    May 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    PBO supporting marriage equality and killing terrorists. Pretty good week. I hope SS is staying vigilant, the crazies will be coming out in droves.

  28. 101 AJ
    May 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    No one can convince me this wasn’t planned from the start. I love my brilliant, strategic president, and the GOP won’t know what hit them come November.

    That is all.

    • 102 Liberal Librarian
      May 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      I can see both sides: that it was planned, or that circumstances forced his hand. I’d prefer to think that it was planned. But if it was a mistake, it was a fortuitous one, and there’s no one who can turn a problem into an advantage like PBO.

      • 103 Janelle
        May 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm

        I was reading from Mark Knoller tweets I believe (I know, not my favorite person at all) that he was told by the WH that this announcement was to be made before the convention and debates, but got pushed up.

        • 104 Liberal Librarian
          May 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm

          Never doubt PBO’s political genius. Or his basic human compassion and decency.

    • 105 Puddin'
      May 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      AJ, for five minutes after those words rolled out of VP Biden’s mouth, I got upset…I said here we go, days and days of MSM, the GOP chatter. But, then I thought, this is good because at least MSM and the GOP will have something else to talk about instead of the “terrible (their word not mine) economy”. And then a “light bulb went off in my head”…although we still have months before the election, we have solid numbers….women, the youth, blacks, latinos, what a perfect opportunity to solidify gay votes! Last week Mitt wasted a chance to appeal to the LBGT voters when he didn’t defend the gay staffer who was forced to walk. And (I almost forgot) Mitt is speaking at that college this weekend.

      The smart, pragmatic, decent, great leader that PBO is shining like new money…and he took the perfect opportunity to make a CLEAR distinction between him and Mitt. We all know where he stands on SSM, TAXES (increase for the ones who can afford it), JOBS, IMMIGRATION. The choice is definitely clear…we (the american people/voters) can get with this (PBO/DEMS) or they can get with that (MITT/REPUBS).

      One more time PBO has shown us, ‘I GOT THIS’ I love it…and I love PBO 🙂 🙂 🙂

      P.S. Seal told Piers Morgan, “after Bush we didn’t need a good president, we needed a GREAT LEADER and that is what President Obama is…a GREAT LEADER”!!!!

    • May 9, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      I thought this am that it would be a carefully rolled out commentary, reiterating what he has always believed. He has done it beautifully.

  29. 107 carolyn
    May 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    The first time I’ve ever heard an American President use the Golden Rule as a guideline! If we start using that for a yardstick, no telling how we can change the world!

    • 108 Liberal Librarian
      May 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      The Golden Rule should be the litmus of anything we do as human beings. Really, it’s the only thing that can keep civilization going and worth having.

      • 109 theo67
        May 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm

        I think that’s why President Obama always mentions that the Golden Rule is found in many different religions around the world – and it’s the basic foundation of most parenting guidelines.

      • 110 jackiegrumbacher
        May 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm

        I wouldn’t doubt that many so-called Christians were furious at the president’s reference to the Golden Rule. For so many hatefilled, narrow-minded people, it’s a rule taught to children, not one you’re ever expected to live by. It’s why you must forget all about the injunctions to love one another in the New Testament and remember only the harsh injunctions against specific groups that you can ferret out of the Old Testament if you try very, very hard.

        • 111 nospin
          May 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

          I wouldn’t say all that jackiegrumbacher.

          It has nothing to do with being hatefilled or being narrow minded. PO also mentioned religious beliefs.

          I must say . . to be very honest. . . I have to process this.

        • 112 Mel
          May 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm

          The so call Christians are a bunch of phonies they cling to religion to fit their needs real Christian
          do not hate people and the phony ones do.

          • 113 nospin
            May 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm

            I don’t think so Mel. If I were you I would hold close to that sentiment as not to stir the pot to make things even more difficult for the President. I am a proud Christian and I do not consider myself a phony. That attitude gets you nowhere.

            • 114 Puddin'
              May 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm

              nospin, I don’t think Mel is including you or anyone else (Christians) that are good, decent, kind and loving human beings. I think he is talking about the folks (Christians and others) who actually carry a gun in one hand and a bible in the other…those who want to “take their country back”…those who hate PBO because he is AA…those who don’t care about poor people…those yell and scream about wanting a smaller government, don’t want government telling them what to do, but don’t have a problem telling women what to do with their bodies and telling people who they can love…I think these are the people Mel is talking about.

            • 115 nathkatun7
              May 9, 2012 at 7:50 pm

              nospin, I appreciate your sincerity as a proud Christian. I wish you would share with us how gay marriages violate your Christian beliefs? As you know, marriage is mainly a civil institution. Even when the clergy perform the ritual of marriage they always invoke the power vested in them by the state. Marriage certificates are issued by the government. If a Christian church does not approve gay marriages it doesn’t have to perform them. On the other hand, I see absolutely no harm done to your deeply held Christian beliefs if certain religious institutions, like the United Church of Christ, have no problem administering gay marriage. For me, a non-believer, I still can get married under the auspices of the government. My marriage certificate (and that includes the one I may get from Las Vegas) would be as valid as any marriage certificate signed by the clergy. It would entitle me to all the rights and privileges granted people married in Church. I have yet to see Christians object to heterosexual marriages by atheists. Then, why deny your fellow gay citizen the same rights that are accorded to non-believers? Although I am a non-believer I respect the right of religious people to practice their views. The problem arises when Christians try to impose their views on everyone. Nospin, as “a proud Christian,” I wish you would explain to us why some Christians wish to deny gay citizens the same rights that are accorded other citizens, including those of us who are not practicing Christians.

              • 116 nospin
                May 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm

                Nathkatun7 – I have no interest in denying any citizen the same rights and the same civil liberties as accorded any other citizens. I believe in separation of Church and State. I said as much multiple times.

                I have no issue with civil unions based on the constitution. Equal rights should be afforded to everyone and people in same sex relationships should have equal access to benefits, can file their taxes etc. It is the right thing to do. Discrimination in any form is flat wrong.

                I am having trouble with the President saying In a religious context that he agrees with same sex marriage.

                Now Nathkatun7 you may ask — well no spin, how is it different? There is a difference as the President himself pointed out. That is the struggle I am having.

    • 117 Dudette
      May 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Amen to that!

  30. May 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm

  31. 122 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    ABC News is going to get a huge bump in ratings. GMA as well.

  32. 123 Liberal Librarian
    May 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    What I just wrote on the DCCC website:

    Mr. President, I know this is what you always believed in: that all human beings should have the same rights. And I also know that you have taken one courageous action after another in your almost 4 years in office. Your declaration today took a courage matched only by the courage required to send in the SEAL Team into Pakistan. I was a firm supporter before, and I just stand in awe of your courage now. I’m all in.

    • 124 ranman11
      May 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      LL that’s a very encouraging message. :))

    • 126 theo67
      May 9, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Nice – you speak for many of us on this.

    • 127 jackiegrumbacher
      May 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Beautiful, LL.

    • 128 nathkatun7
      May 9, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      Bravo, LL! I know you spoke for many of us who support President Obama. In 1965, Lyndon Johnson, using the Black Freedom movement words, declared: “We shall Overcome” as he urged Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act. The country hailed his courage. But LBJ was not running for President. He had just won re-election in a landslide. In 2012, Baraka Obama, in the middle of re-election, declared his support for gay marriage. Talk about real COURAGE! This president has demonstrated over and over that he is truly a man of courage.

  33. May 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I am so proud of my President.

  34. May 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Doesn’t he just make you “proud to be an American.”

  35. May 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    So…, Rachel is going to be Happy, Right? Right?
    We can watch Her again?

  36. 136 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Lil’ old lady is weighing in on Twitter:

  37. 137 Bill R.
    May 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    My guess is one person is the determining factor in swaying this decision, Michele Obama. The greatest wisdom of all is Love. To quote scripture: “God is love. Who abides in love, abides in God.” I think we all know where our President abides. And he has a most excellent spouse to remind him of where to abide.

    • 138 Liberal Librarian
      May 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      I love my friends and family dearly. I would die for any of them, without hesitation. But I have to tell you, in my 42 years (almost 43) I’ve never come across another human being like Barack Hussein Obama. Millions of people “talk” about Christ’s message. Very few live it. PBO is a walking embodiment of the Gospel of Love. I’m just floored.

      • 139 EricFive
        May 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm

        Totally agree LL. Beautifully stated. This thought first came to me concerning PBO when I watched his speech in Arizona following the shooting of Gabby Giffords. PBO is INSPIRING. Through not only his words, but through his actions, he makes me aspire to be a better person.

      • 140 geeja
        May 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm

        Your words echo many of my thoughts. I had tears in my eyes listening to his words. So many have suffered because of the intolerance of others. God Bless him as he will face some trying times in the coming months. I will stand with him all the way. America is so fortunate to have this man as its leader.

      • 141 Lovepolitics2008
        May 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm

        I feel the exact same way. I’ve watched him, listened to him on a daily basis for four years and he never ceases to amaze me. Such a big heart and a beautiful soul, combined with brilliance, wisdom, courage. Oh I could go on and on. This kind of statesman is rare. Very rare.

    • 142 Janelle
      May 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Bingo….Remember when she gave a fundraiser about a month ago (I forgot where) and the pool report gave a few sentences that a lot of people were wondering about, she went very close in her statements. People discounted it that she misspoke, she didn’t. This was going to be revealed in a few months by the President. The First Lady is one of those that wants the President to go bold….however this unfolds. I am more concerned now though about the down ticket races to take back the House and hold the Senate. But you are right that the last voices the President hears at night are from his daughters and then the First Lady.

    • 143 jackiegrumbacher
      May 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      I believe you’re right, Bill.

  38. 144 Liberal Librarian
    May 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Okay, this is ridiculous. I’m totally verklempt right now. If I were at home I might be gathering the cats around to have a good cry. And I don’t cry easily. Sigh, one of the things about getting older.

    • 145 theo67
      May 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      Gathering the cats around? Sweet.

      I think some of what makes this President so heart-moving is because he still stands with grace after three years of the most vile treatment by a group of elected officials, adults, fellow citizens. And he’s had muted support from his own party – I still haven’t heard multitudes of Dems standing up to call for an end to the vile discrimination and hatred directed at this President. He worked hard to win the Presidency, and instead of challenging him on the grounds of the policies he’s put forward, he’s been obstructed because he’s a black man. Instead of putting the country before their racism, the Republicans have jeopardized the country because of hate. And they’ve treated his family badly. And now one of them, after months of calling President Obama every vile name in the book and accusing him of enacting policies to destroy America, Romney wants to claim credit for the tough decisions that President Obama agonized over.

      And even with all that – President Obama still thinks of the Golden Rule as his guiding philosophy. You have every reason to be verklempt. Gather the cats!

  39. 146 nintendowii10
    May 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Has RoboMitt weighed in, or is he still being programmed for which position he’s going to take on this?

  40. 147 joanshaw
    May 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    The reaction of the Log Cabin Republicans proves to me that once people take on the mantel of “Republican” they lose 3/4ths of their brains.

  41. May 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    AND EVERY ONE of you fauxgressives better get off your asses and work your heart out for this President.

    every last one of you.

  42. May 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Ok, I listened, I held back because I’m still pretty damned pissed about all of this silly season shit. I have a couple of points.

    One: President Barack Obama is the most courageous, upstanding, and decent man that I have ever seen. I am proud that my vote for him in the Georgia Primary in 2008 and for the 2008 General Election was the first for a President. He had my vote in 2012 primary and he STILL and ALWAYS WILL have my vote, especially in November or 2012. I will work like hell, like my life depended on it to see him remain in the White House for the next four years.

    Two: This also scares me. It scares me, because I know how the world works. I know how cruel it has been, cruel it is currently, and cruel as it will be in the future. When President Lyndon Baines Johnson as President of the United States signed the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act, he said that, “We may lose the south for a generation.” He knew that with this act of courage, that most of the nation would reject it outright well into the future. All the way to today even. Last year, as a Senior in College, I worked in the Georgia State Capitol as an intern, in the Republican ran House Appropriations Office. I came to know those people with a party affiliation different from mine. Personally, they were friendly people, who at least tried to make me as comfortable as possible. It may have been a little acting on my part, because I was always taught to always verify before giving full trust. These would be people who would see this affirmation and that they would rebuke him for it immensely. Same with many voters in this state. They would agree with him on every thing else, and for this one issue, they would vote against him on this. This is what I fear the most. I know these people. Some of these people are in my family. I still will always love these folks, yet I know this would probably affect their decision.

    Three: If the Gay and Lesbian community are still holding on to their dollars or refusing to volunteer for the President after all of this and he loses in November, So help me God we won’t be there for the Gay and Lesbian community. Take this to heart, because I mean that. This President has done so much. He has repealed the DADT policy. He has stopped enforcing DOMA. He has lifted the AIDS travel ban. He has hired more Gay and Lesbians in his administration than any President of the United States in history. And TODAY, he has done the one of the most courageous things a political figure has done, publically stated that same-sex marriage should be legal. If I ever hear that this President is doing this from political reasons and that he really doesn’t support the Gay community, I will fire off on that person harder than a snub nose .38 to the temple. The Republicans are already planning to enact multiple ballot measures to have a repeat of last night in N.C. and more aptly, a repeat of 2004. Get your shit together. I want to really see a push for more outreach to communities. I no longer want to hear of rallies, and support groups for this issue in Los Angeles, or Atlanta, or New York. Damn it, I want Nashville, Little Rock, Tulsa, Montgomery, Birmingham. I want to see color with this fight. I shouldn’t just see toeheaded folks organizing, but also want to see some Black, Latino, Asian, Native American, Mixed, damn it I want to see American and how it REALLY LOOKS. I want to see an effort to debate church going folks. I don’t want to see the bible used as a text for harm, but a text for understanding. I want to see them treat them as they want to be treated, with the utmost respect and dignity. Hate makes a person look terrible, and I would rather have someone look at the person who doesn’t understand have the hateful stance rather than someone who knows what he speaks. This is the only path to winning your Civil Rights, because as Black Americans have always known, our rights are never given to us automatically. We had to fight with our emotions, psychological well being, our families and friends, even with our lives. Many were put in early graves due to that fight and the Gay and Lesbian community must know that it is one of the necessities of getting rights that should be afforded to every person.

    Again I stress, this is game time. We need all hands on deck. Its going to be a hell of a fight and if we fight against each other, we will lose like hell.

    • 154 Liberal Librarian
      May 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm


      http://www.barackobama.com. Go to Volunteer. Find an event near you. Yes, it’s that important.

    • 155 collegekay
      May 9, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      I agree w/ all of this! Volunteer, talk to your friends, donate! All hands on deck!

    • 156 utaustinliberal
      May 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Hell Yes! This right here:

      “If the Gay and Lesbian community are still holding on to their dollars or refusing to volunteer for the President after all of this and he loses in November, So help me God we won’t be there for the Gay and Lesbian community. Take this to heart, because I mean that. This President has done so much. He has repealed the DADT policy. He has stopped enforcing DOMA. He has lifted the AIDS travel ban. He has hired more Gay and Lesbians in his administration than any President of the United States in history. And TODAY, he has done the one of the most courageous things a political figure has done, publically stated that same-sex marriage should be legal. If I ever hear that this President is doing this from political reasons and that he really doesn’t support the Gay community, I will fire off on that person harder than a snub nose .38 to the temple. The Republicans are already planning to enact multiple ballot measures to have a repeat of last night in N.C. and more aptly, a repeat of 2004. Get your shit together. I want to really see a push for more outreach to communities. I no longer want to hear of rallies, and support groups for this issue in Los Angeles, or Atlanta, or New York. Damn it, I want Nashville, Little Rock, Tulsa, Montgomery, Birmingham. I want to see color with this fight. I shouldn’t just see toeheaded folks organizing, but also want to see some Black, Latino, Asian, Native American, Mixed, damn it I want to see American and how it REALLY LOOKS. I want to see an effort to debate church going folks. I don’t want to see the bible used as a text for harm, but a text for understanding. I want to see them treat them as they want to be treated, with the utmost respect and dignity. ”

      You encapsulated everything. If the LGBT community don’t get in the trenches and do battle for this most transformative President with everything they have, they will face a backlash unlike anything they’ve ever experienced. He has stuck his neck out for them, stood on the right side of history (as he always does). It’s time for them to back up their so called love for Pres. Obama with action. They need to be prepared to fight and fight hard. Because if they are not with him lockstep and don’t fight for him and with him, the backlash against them will be swift and huge.

    • May 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      I’m right there with you slyfox. RIGHTTHERE…

    • 158 jackiegrumbacher
      May 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Great words of wisdom, slyfox. The president’s act of courage has to be met with courage from us–no shirking, no whining. I echo your fears, but, as you said, we have to let those fears give us more strength, rather than weaken us.

  43. 159 Linda
    May 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Kasie Hunt @kasie

    Mitt Romney to Fox affiliate in Denver: “I do not favor civil unions if they are identical to marriage other than by name.”

    Kasie Hunt @kasie

    Romney: “My view is the domestic partnership benefits, hospital visitation rights and the like are appropriate but that the others are not”


  44. 160 Dakota
    May 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Just another reminder that we have to TRUST our President. He’s proven time and time and time again that he’s thinking and seeing way beyond what the brouhaha of today is. He is in no way reactive. That’s why I believe that his hand was not forced on this issue. He’s already stated he supported marriage equality and when have we ever known him to change horses in the middle of the stream?

    • 161 Suzette
      May 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      Dakota, not only do they have to TRUST him, but they have to WORK with him because he alone can not do it all.

      • 162 Dakota
        May 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm

        Yes, Suzette and work for him we will. May I just add that millions and millions of people pray everyday for the Lord to continue to give him the strength, courage and wisdom to lead this country. We continue to see the results of those prayers…every time we start to stress, he comes away victorious. I pray for him, his family, administration and this country every day and will continue to do so. Those that believe in it…let’s keep our President prayed up!

  45. 164 Doreen
    May 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I knew it! I said a couple of days ago, I thought he would be making a “speech”, but I like this way much better. This is so exciting! I don’t think the President wanted to stay quiet any longer, especially after Amendment No. 1 passing. That’s why Biden and Duncan stated their support last week. Could you love this guy any more!

  46. May 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    The only voice of reason sometimes on FAUX is Shep Smith:

    Shep Smith: GOP Is On ‘The Wrong Side Of History’ On Gay Marriage

  47. 166 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm


  48. May 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    The only thing I want to do and will do at this moment is DONATE to my President’s campaign.
    Can’t think of a better way to say THANK YOU for your courage.

  49. 168 nintendowii10
    May 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    • 169 nintendowii10
      May 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Not to derail from our POTUS endorsing gay marriage, but this also needs to be addressed: this tea party NUT who said “Kill the ClaireBear” (referring to Claire McCaskill in Missouri). They are advocating violence and need to be rounded up and locked up!

  50. May 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I know things are ugly out there, but I think about how far we’ve come in just a few short years. This were so dismal and depressing after the 2004 election. Now, 8 years later, it’s incredible to think that we’ve got a genius black guy for president, who killed Osama Bin Laden and just endorsed marriage equality. I Hoped something like this was going to happen, but never really expected to see it.

    • May 9, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Today is historic, that’s for sure. Another significant chapter in the history books. President Obama’s section is going to be huge, He continues to bring about so many important changes.

  51. May 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    You see, they overreact to everything. It’s part if their makeup!

    • 174 57andfemale
      May 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Yup. The overreaction is going to be fun to watch.

      Jovie, please try not to stress over the polls over the next 2 weeks. We need to weather this, gauge the support from our base (which appears overwhelmingly strong). Yep. I went to dKos so you guys don’t have to. There are a few whiners but they are getting shot down very fast. Of all issues, this seems to be the move by the President that is making the vast majority say, “We got your back.” There are some worriers — I have some trepidation myself. The Benen quote above from the interview — has there ever been a clearer distinction between the Left and the Right than that? He could spout his Christian credentials all he wants, but this brings it into stark contrast. It’s an extension of what he has been saying on all other issues.

  52. 175 Proud Former White House Intern
    May 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    The right wing will have a field day with this I am so proud to serve under this President!

  53. May 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm

  54. May 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    My niece just linked me to this very cool interactive infographic on gay rights:

  55. 181 FormelyFRED
    May 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    well I just had to log on and say THANK YOU to Potus.Personally I NEVER doubted President Obama’s intentions and had he not come out and said it publicly he would still have my full support.He is just adding words to go along a LOT of actions and as they say actions speak louder than words and he has never failed.Folks want him to run when they tell him to skip but he came out today for reasons only known to him and his campaign and you better believe that they know best.
    those of us who were for him,would have been for him regardless of him coming out publicly (no pun intended) or not
    those who were waiting for him to state these words to vote for him,well there ya go but to be honest I am not an One issue voter so if he will gain more votes;I say GO AHEAD 😀
    there are those who were against this Potus since 2008 and if they are against gay marriage,then they will still vote against him.Hell they’d vote against him,had they saw him sneeze.But with all due respect to my TOD family but fuck these people 🙄

    I THANK YOU for taking that standing despite it being an election year

    to Chips thanks for this site
    to my TOD family,I hope you are ALL well

    today is a bad day for the body but my heart is happy because of today’s announcement
    I will go back to my chair and that pillow and chat with mom who took the day off to look after me.I need it

    I’ll finish by saying this :
    God bless,guide and shower President Obama with nothing but love,success,guidance,good luck,blessings ,good health,calm,peace and may God watch over the 2012 Obama campaign

    Life is short
    love is love.

    until next time,
    Fred 😉

  56. May 9, 2012 at 5:03 pm

  57. May 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Eugene Robinson is Not an expert on anything, his Punditry insight is limited!

    • May 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Ineffective—never says anything.

      • 192 TrumpDog
        May 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm

        How can he with all that stuttering
        (Not making fun of speech impediments, just Gene and the horrible manner in which he expresses himself on TV. It’s awful and ineffective)

    • 193 hopefruit2
      May 9, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      I have to agree with you Jovie. First of all it takes him 5 minutes to just articulate what everyone else has been saying for the past 5 days. He adds nothing new. His writing ability is better than his oratory skills so I think he should stick with the writing.

    • 196 vcprezofan2
      May 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      Eugene and ‘insight’ in the same sentence – you ‘joking’ me Jovie? 😆 😆 Each time I catch him in passing I wonder about the credibility of a Pulitzer.

      • 197 theo67
        May 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm

        I am the same way – his thought process in person is a disaster. Makes me wonder how he’s able to pull it together to write so much better than he speaks, enough to have won a Pulitzer!

        • 198 vcprezofan2
          May 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

          Wonder if he had a ghostwriter? ….just kidding; haven’t ever read anything of his

        • 199 vcprezofan2
          May 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm

          Sometimes i plumb forget my manners – how are you my dear?

          • 200 theo67
            May 9, 2012 at 6:17 pm

            I pop in so erratically these days that I forget whether I’ve greeted anyone! I’m good on my end – busy, but good. Hope you’re well.

            • 201 vcprezofan2
              May 9, 2012 at 6:31 pm

              I’ve also been on the erratic train, but obviously on a different line than yours. 😆 I hate the feeling of not knowing what EVERYONE is talking about when references are made, but other than that and a visiting migraine yesterday, I is fine. 😉 I have to go to work tomorrow so it’ll be another day of jumping in later and missing the morning stuff! Ah well, life goes on.

  58. May 9, 2012 at 5:06 pm

  59. 206 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    • May 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Now I am bawling!

      This from Sully:

      The interview changes no laws; it has no tangible effect. But it reaffirms for me the integrity of this man we are immensely lucky to have in the White House. Obama’s journey on this has been like that of many other Americans, when faced with the actual reality of gay lives and gay relationships. Yes, there was politics in a lot of it. I was in the room long before the 2008 primaries when Obama spoke to the mother of a gay son about marriage equality. He said he was for equality, but not marriage. Five years later, he sees – as we all see – that you cannot have one without the other.

    • 210 theo67
      May 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Pretty stunning.

  60. 211 nintendowii10
    May 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Now the right wing are back to pushing war with Iran to drive gas prices up, so that they can change the narrative back to “Obama’s raising the price of gas. Comical stuff watching right wing heads explode!

  61. 213 Diane
    May 9, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Thank you Mr. President and first lady for proving to me that you really do walk the walk. I have listened to all of the arguements for why you should NOT support gay marriage until after the election–but there was a still small voice in my head that kept repeating “the end does NOT justifiy the means.” For me this presidency has never been politics as usual. It is about change, real change. And change for me meant change in methods also. I have heard almost every speech this president has made. In so many of them he has always said, “I promised you I would be honest with you, that I would always tell you what I think.” Today he has done exactly that. He has done what Black Water Dog asked a couple of days ago. He has done what politicians lack the courage to do–say the thing closest to their heart. Standing on moral principle, and leading.

  62. 216 Me4obama
    May 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    TEARS, TEARS, TEARS, TEARS, TEARS OF JOY. It will take me days to recover. TEARS. I love YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA

  63. 217 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm

  64. May 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    You need to go to Ben Labolts twitter account. He seems happy about this decision! Just look at all the responses that he is posting?

  65. 223 FoxfireTX
    May 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Wow, haven’t been around much the last five days and today not even access to news so was very surprised when I signed on to see the big news. I’ve been in favor of same sex marriage for years but never felt comfortable pushing our president into a position. I believe it is personal for everyone. But I am thrilled to see where he’s at and am proud of him for having the character to take a controversial position. I pray that everyone gives him credit for having character unlike his opponent. But he will lose some votes over this, and gain few if any. So we all need to donate time, money, etc to show that in the end, character matters. Could there possibly be a more striking contrast between these two candidates?

    • 224 TrumpDog
      May 9, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Wow, haven’t been around much the last five days and today not even access to news so was very surprised when I signed on to see the big news. I’ve been in favor of same sex marriage for years but never felt comfortable pushing our president into a position. I believe it is personal for everyone. But I am thrilled to see where he’s at and am proud of him for having the character to take a controversial position.

      You expressed my feelings perfectly.

  66. May 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    David Corn at MoJo:

    Biden created a swirl of new questions and the president doesn’t like for people to be confused about where he stands…The politics is complicated, though. While people are more and more copacetic with marriage equality, it’s not necessarily something they want the president spending his time on. So it isn’t necessarily a slam dunk regardless of what he does. As always, between the politics, the voters, the media, and the president’s closest supporters, there are a lot of needles to thread here.

  67. May 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm

  68. 229 Ladyhawke
    May 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm


    Today, with eloquence and grace President Obama stated his support of marriage equality for the LGBT community. Once again, President Obama shows us the courage of his convictions. As with so many issues facing the country, this was all about fairness. I am bursting with pride and gratitude. It is not possible for me to love him any more than I do. I can’t believe my good fortune to be able to witness such a remarkable human being. This is what real leadership looks like.

  69. 230 nintendowii10
    May 9, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    So who will have the dumbest, most hysterical response to President Obama’s announcement that he favors marriage equality? It’s impossible to say and too early to tell, but here’s the immediate reaction of a go-to source for internet stupidity:

    Yep, it’s all about attacking the Christian Church. Sweet Merciful Flying Spaghetti Monster, that nitwit must scoop up his bean dip with lead paint chips.


    • 231 Dudette
      May 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      “that nitwit must scoop up his bean dip with lead paint chips.” — Ha! I’m so stealing that!!

  70. 232 goldendreamer
    May 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Don’t get me wrong, I am really happy that our POTUS chose to affirm his support for same-sex marriage. But I also agree with those who said “look at his ACTIONS.” Because honestly, I already cried my tears of joy when DADT was repealed.

    NOW I hope that EVERYONE who calls themselves liberals and/or progressives will finally have the President’s back! 😀

    • 233 aristac
      May 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      He put his election on the line for this, there are already people saying this will cost him the election. These emoprogs, PL, and lgbt folks, don’t want to do any dam legwork. We’ll see. All this for a few dam words, when we know HIS ACTIONS spoke loud and clear.

  71. May 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    The President may have just completely united his Party with this. The GOP might make some hay out of it, but by the end of summer it will be completely forgotten by most people. As for energizing the GOP base…they already hate PBO and thought he was for marriage equality anyway. It’s the independents who decide this race and frankly they don’t have a base to energize one way or the other. They will be completely immune to the ranting and raving from the right on this topic. This isn’t the sort of thing Independents use to make decisions about how to vote.

    • 235 lamh35
      May 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      I don’t know about “completely” unifying the party, because there will be more issues and more amendments (I fully expect the more Conservative legislatures in Purple states trying to get LGBT referendems on the November ballot), but it will mean that we will have no room to move.

      I think it will sure up the base, but the flip side of that is that it will also energize the Conservative base to get behind Romney as long as he continues to spout RW positions on gay marriage. They may not have liked Romney, but they do have a hard-on against gay marriage. So we need to be joyous but aware.

      • 236 Betsy
        May 9, 2012 at 8:46 pm

        I also believe this will unite the GOP behind Romney, and so it becomes even more important to register people to vote, and get people to the polls to vote. We also need to vote Dem, all the way down the ticket, we need to get the Dems a majority in the state houses, we need to get the House back, and keep the Senate with a larger majority.

  72. 237 utaustinliberal
    May 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm

  73. 238 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Yet another reason to demand FOCUS from all those who should be holding accountable the members of our government who most assuredly violated their Oath of Office when they began plotting to destroy the President of the United States of America by holding the American and Global economy hostage (and they are STILL DOING IT) …

    A message to each Dem Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee (except Senator Kohl who doesn’t have a twitter account):



  74. 239 lamh35
    May 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I”m fine with the POTUS doing this, but , here’s what I’m afraid of…the same Catholics, old Reagan Democrats, and some not all, but some AA pastors who let GWB and Karl Rove use them to further their own agendas in ’04.

    I hope ALL those young people who will supposedly be energized by the POTUS saying he supports SSM, will actually get up and get to the voting booth , though I suspect that just as they didn’t in NC or CA, they won’t now either, because if SSM equality was as important to them as have been claimed, then they would have been out there when these amendments came up for election, I hope I’m wrong.

    BTW, the don’t be surprised that the goal post will be shifted, especially since Like I said earlier today, ALL the people who really truly claimed to need this BETTER have POTUS damn back …PERIOD.

    I truly think that this announcement has even the playing field for Robmey. I expect the enthusiam gap that may have happened just because Conservatives hate Robmey will evaporate and there is no longer room to wiggle. We will need to fight for every vote and there is no more room for freak-outs.

    Glad he did it, but let’s not be naive and think this is the end of it.

    • 240 aristac
      May 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Is has leveled the playing field. This is what people don’t understand.All this screaming and yelling and finger waving in his face like he is a little boy, telling him to say this or that.. That is what this had done. This surely is NOT the end of this, not by a longshot.

    • 241 nospin
      May 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      lamh35 you are right on the money because I am struggling with this right about now.

      PO will need a back up plan. I didn’t think it would be this hard but it is. . . .

  75. 242 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    GENTLE REMINDER: Tonight livestreamed from Whitehouse.gov @7PM ET.

    // Tonight, May 9th, as part of their “In Performance at the White House” series, the President and First Lady will host a concert in the East Room honoring songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David, who will be awarded the 2012 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. President Obama will present the award as he did in 2010 and 2009, when the Library of Congress honored Sir Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, respectively. The program will include performances by Sheryl Crow, Michael Feinstein, Diana Krall, Lyle Lovett, Mike Myers, Rumer, Arturo Sandoval, Sheléa and Stevie Wonder.

    The President’s remarks will be pooled press and the entire event will be streamed live on http://www.whitehouse.gov/live starting at 7:00 PM ET tonight, May 9th. //

    Read more: http://dc.broadwayworld.com/article/IN-PERFORMANCE-AT-THE-WHITE-HOUSE-to-Honor-Burt-Bacharach-and-Hal-David-59-20120508#ixzz1uPZPG9ib

  76. 243 lamh35
    May 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Let’s talk realistically and hard tacts: how will this REALISTICALLY effect the races in more conservative states and districts where the Dem candidate will be asked about marriage equality and if they agree with POTUS? I hope they have an answer for this question because if they dont’, then we can kiss any chance that we will have of keeping or picking up more conservative states and districts which we need to keep control of the Senate and to try to re-gain control of the House.

  77. May 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Even Dan Choi is happy!

  78. 246 Tally
    May 9, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Sheesh! I go to lunch and all hell breaks loose.

    Okay everyone, buckle your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

    It is now the GOP Wet-Dream Christmas Morning, and Santa has just given them the BEST GIFT EVER! Get ready for Prop 8’s 24/7 Hate-Fest to go NATIONWIDE!!!

    Here’s what the GOPMEDIA™® is going to run 24/7:

    …etc… and every other rightwing crazy thing they said here in CA in 2008 – which is HOW Prop 8 passed in the most liberal state in the country.

    I don’t mean to be Concern Troll, but we must brace for a tougher, and MORE PERSONAL fight. A fight that will be waged in our kitchens, around our dining tables, at dinner parties, in line at the grocery store..etc…. and EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU MUST BE READY TO SPEAK THE FUCK UP, AND DEFEND THIS POSITION NO MATTER WHAT.


    I’m ready. I’ve been ready. I just hope and pray everyone is with me.


    Pres Romney has promised:

    – A Constitutional Amendment banning Marriage Equality NATIONALLY.
    – Reinstating DODT.

    He would most likely also try to ban gays from adopting, getting health care of any kind, teaching, working in food service… gods, what else… whatever they could to work on making it ILLEGAL to be OUT. That is their wet dream.

    That said, Prop 8 will still go to the USSC – where it will likely be ruled unconstitutional. That will hopefully be that for repealing ALL marriage bans.

    People need to get over their emotional, romantic attachment to the word “Marriage.” Most people think “Marriage” is all about love and fairy-tale endings, etc…. when in reality, it’s about PROPERTY RIGHTS, and legally joining two estates. That’s it. Marriage has NOTHING to do with sex – not legally. Yes, infidelity is grounds for divorce, but that’s only because it can jeopardize property rights by giving an illegitimate child an inadvertent claim to the estate.

    However, proof from yesterday in NC, hatred and bigotry are alive and thriving here in the USA in 2012.

    All that aside, the GOP now have their perfect wedge issue with which to run their campaign on. What can we use to fight this insanity?

    The entire problem in this country regarding this issue is VERBIAGE (that and the irrational fear of homosexuals.) People are über hung up on the word MARRIAGE, and don’t understand the law.

    Marriage IS a Civil Union in the United States. Period. Which is why Obama brilliantly stated it the way he did. “ALL RIGHTS.” The problem is, “Civil Unions” aren’t equal to “Marriage” in this country. The states that allow “Civil Unions”, whose “UNIONS” are specific, and do not allow all of the same rights. In fact, you have to hire an attorney if you want a “Civil Union”, which is ridiculous since the only expense you have regarding a “MARRIAGE” is the Marriage License, and filing fee, which is minimal ($50 or less.) President Obama is not for the “Civil Unions” as they have been written, because they do NOT allow equal rights.

    So many ignorant (and mostly religious) people think there is some magic that comes with the word “Marriage”, and have used every rationale to defend that – making babies, it hurts straight marriage, or – some wacko called in to Stephanie Miller this morning and said, “it dilutes the institution of marriage.” As if MORE people getting married makes marriage weaker???? Who the fuck knows….. made absolutely no sense, which none of their arguments do.

    Have your arsenal ready. There’s a war coming.

    • May 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      And of course, we’ll fight back with a simple three words: NOT THIS TIME.

    • 249 collegekay
      May 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      That’s right Tally.

      I, for one, am not looking forward to it. There are some in my family who are staunchly against gay rights period.

      The next 6 mons will be brutal, but as long as we have this blog we’ll be fine. I truly believe the Reagan Dems will still support PBO.

      • May 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm

        I don’t think it’ll be much of an issue in the long run because Obama’s policies, his support for civil unions, coming out against Prop 8 in ’08, being about as much for gay marriage as you can be without fully saying it, had no impact on voters four years ago. His nudge in supporting gay marriage might lose him some votes – but I don’t think, I hope, anyway, it will hurt him.

        • 251 aristac
          May 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm

          It has leveled the playing field, make no mistake about it.

          • May 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm

            I expect a deluge of dirty GOP tricks in response. But I believe this again confirms that we have a very exceptional president. I hope enough people have open minds to see that this is true also. There was no political gain from this statement, and I fear it has made his road to re-election harder. We’re going to need to double the efforts and make sure more of our people get to the polls, enough to more than offset any who may fall by the wayside because of this. We need to have PBO’s back, just as we have always promised. It would be helpful if anyone hears a pastor preaching against this decision by PBO to appeal to him/her to please stop preaching bigotry and follow President Obama’s excellent example and apply the golden rule to all.

          • May 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm

            See, I disagree. I think this further shows the difference between Pres. Obama & Mitt Romney. I think Obama speaking out will help those on the fence and while there will be support lost, I do believe there will be support gained through people who will decide that there is a lot at stake in this election.

            It’s a risk, of course, but I believe this will help Obama in November.

          • 254 Brit
            May 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm

            The swing states are now going to be one heck of a battle, and all the Repugs that didn’t even consider voting for Mitt in the fall will do so now.

        • 255 hopefruit2
          May 9, 2012 at 6:32 pm

          I agree Irishman. I think people who are already strongly supportive of PBO will not change their attitudes towards him based on a single issue for which they might disagree. Furthermore, for the past 3 years, ALL PBO’s policies, actions and words have suggested that he is fully supportive of equality of every kind for the LGBT community. He has given several speeches and held many fundraisers at LGBT events, and has spoken in support of SSM laws passed in various states. He has specifically invited gay couples/families to the Easter Egg Roll. He has hired over 100 gay people in key cabinet and other WH positions.

          So It’s not a huge leap for him to now say in an interview that SSM should be legal.

          However, I do agree with Tally that the RWNJs will demagogue this to death, but I think they will lose the battle because the Log Cabin Repubs and Dick Cheney will have to explain why they are on the same side with PBO!

    • 256 terim
      May 9, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      You’re right, and we have to be ready to fight to re-elect this great man. I just donated. I hope the donations are flowing into the campaign.

  79. 257 Byo
    May 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I very much can relate with the president on his evolution over the issue of equal rights. I have similarly evolved positively over the years too on the this issue.

  80. 258 Cha
    May 9, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    President Obama is such a sweetheart..I just love him.

  81. 260 nintendowii10
    May 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    • 261 Linda
      May 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      ” Since I am running for office ?

      • 262 Tally
        May 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm


    • 263 vcprezofan2
      May 9, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      Nice attempt to imply that He is principled and PBO flip-flopped! I guess he doesn’t understand the concept of growth. Why oh why do so many republicans seem so dense? ‘Density’ must be a republican requirement!

  82. 264 utaustinliberal
    May 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    • 265 Linda
      May 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      He must be taking his medication regularly.

      • 266 hopefruit2
        May 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm

        I was going to post the same thing upthread but got distracted! I believe he is probably getting some help for his anger/PTSD whatever it is that was causing his irrational rage. And the media exploited that big time. He’s been less on TV and all over the place, and his tweets seem more reality-based.

  83. 267 utaustinliberal
    May 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    This is too funny.

  84. May 9, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Studio City residents are bracing for a glitzy, celebrity-packed, traffic-jam-inducing fundraiser in their backyard on Thursday, when George Clooney hosts a re-election bash for President Obama.
    At least 150 people – plus a presidential entourage, Secret Service detail, caterers, staff, etc. – are expected at the actor’s Studio City home just off busy Laurel Canyon Boulevard.
    Published reports estimate Obama could take in $12 million for his re-election, making it potentially the biggest presidential fundraiser in the nation’s history.
    That’s all fine and good, Studio City residents said Tuesday, but when you get two superpower names like Clooney and Obama in one place, the traffic is sure to be a nasty mix of SigAlerts and bottlenecks.
    The Secret Service is mum on the president’s route and won’t reveal road closures until the last minute, said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Bruce Borihahn.


    Oh yeah, that is less than 24 hours from now!

    • 269 Tally
      May 9, 2012 at 6:34 pm




      please x ∞

      😀 😀 😀

    • 270 Tally
      May 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      Oh, and my office is in Studio City. 😀

  85. 271 sherijr
    May 9, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Just something to take note of… I have received a number of donation requests today via emails on POTUS’ announcement on same sex marriage.. requests from everyone BUT President Obama or OFA. Of course thats who I donated to- him via OFA. But I find it interesting.

  86. 272 utaustinliberal
    May 9, 2012 at 6:17 pm

  87. 275 Don
    May 9, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    How many more times does President Obama have to put his presidency on the line just to move us forward? I want everybody to think about that statement for a second. President Obama has put his job on the line for Lilly Ledbetter to ACA to DADT and now to supporting Marriage Equality. I am without words, his strength is beyond measure.

    • May 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Very much agree, Don. I so admire him. I have never known anyone with such flawless character, such pure integrity. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, how much play the media wants this to have. NBC just showed an old guy saying he never expected a leader of our country to say this, that it goes against God’s command. But it was balanced with a clip of 2 gay guys raising 2 kids and expressing gratitude and what this means to them.

  88. 277 utaustinliberal
    May 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm

  89. 278 Hachikō
    May 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Our President is a courageous man. He doesn’t do what is politically or personally expedient. He does what’s right for the least of us. Please take a moment to send a note of gratitude via Twitter, Facebook, White House contact…or post an open letter. Those seem to be fashionable.

  90. 282 Don
    May 9, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    From Osama bin Laden to Marriage Equality, this last week and a half hasn’t been particularly good for the Republicans.

  91. 283 Ladyhawke
    May 9, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Obama Same-Sex Marriage Position: Why He Made His Decision


    The plan had been to announce his position before the Democratic National Convention. But after Vice President Joseph Biden declared his support for marriage equality on Sunday, the issue touched off a political firestorm and the timeframe for Obama’s announcement was expedited.

    Those top officials, speaking on condition that they not be named or quoted, said that the president was not agitated about Biden’s appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Instead, he decided that he had to make his position known sooner rather than later. The administration had knowledge of Biden’s remarks after he taped his interview last Friday. By Tuesday morning, aides began putting a plan in motion.

    The president would conduct an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, during which he would explain how he had come to take the final step in an 18-month-long evolution of his stance on marriage equality.



  92. 284 Janelle
    May 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Remember early this year and even until recently a lot of us here were saying that PBO should win in a landslide and in all of the President’s, Axelrod/Plouffe interviews they kept saying over and over about the Nov. election, “this will be close”. I thought they were just lowering expectations, but now I know why they said it after today….at some point this year PBO was going to make an announcement that would level the playing field and make this race very close, especially with voter suppression and the economy. Also, FLOTUS said over the weekend, this may come down to a few thousand votes all over the place….I hope folks are awake to this by now, esp. after today.

  93. May 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Here we are another day with President Obama proving how awesome he is.

    Oh, saw this and thought it was interesting: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/2012-election-predictor/ It also talks briefly about some of the issues previous incumbents faced when they lost. The economy is stronger than it has been in years. We’re safer than we have been in years. Despite the shit PBO has faced from assholes in Congress, he’s done a remarkable job. He is one of the best, strongest, smartest Presidents we have ever seen. Stop worrying about what the MSM (that no one is watching anyway — look at their ratings) is saying and let’s work to GOTV this November. We are facing challenges at the polls with access for ALL PEOPLE. We need to help them get IDs, show them where their new polling place is and drive them if need be. The issue we are facing is less public opinion and more modern day poll tax. 🙂

  94. 287 itgurl_29
    May 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I love my President. And now we MUST work overtime against the msm and Romney to get him re-elected.

  95. 288 Me4obama
    May 9, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Now it’s time for Anderson Cooper to show some courage & come out openly as a Gay Man. We need the momentum going.

  96. 289 leizaduckworth
    May 9, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Love thy neighbor,as you love yourself!”Moving forward is about doing the right thing!”Let those who love,love in peace!

  97. 290 prettyfoot58
    May 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    so now that the President has said that he is in favor of gay marriage….he is the man….not because he has gone further than any President on the issue of gay rights…….

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