Why President Obama Won't Tell Voters the Truth About SSM Until After the Election


Albert Mohler at LifeSiteNews:

...In the aftermath of the Stephanopoulos interview, New York Magazine stated the obvious with this headline: “President Obama Won’t Say if He’ll Stop Pretending to Oppose Same-Sex Marriage Before the Election.”

Now, The New York Times has published a major article arguing that the President is allowing his surrogates in the Administration to advance the issue for him. In “Obama Still Lets Surrogates Take the Lead as Gay Rights Momentum Builds,” reporter Mark Landler explained:

“President Obama has long relied on his oratorical gifts to ease him through tricky political situations. But on the emotionally charged issue of gay rights, Mr. Obama has been content recently to let his lieutenants do the talking. And they have said some striking things.”

On the specific issue of same-sex marriage, Landler reported: “There is little indication that Mr. Obama plans to endorse same-sex marriage before the presidential election in November, despite recent statements that tiptoe right up to that position.”

Thus, the dance continues. The reason for the President’s reluctance is clear enough. Landler nailed the rationale head-on, explaining that the President “is reluctant in an election year to be drawn into a culture-war issue — one that reliably helps Republicans turn out evangelical voters in their favor and also strikes a particular nerve with religious black voters, a bedrock Obama constituency in battleground states like North Carolina and Florida.”

This disingenuous waltz will be a hard dance to maintain, and the President must know it. Nevertheless, some political authorities in Mr. Obama’s own party are advising him to keep it going.

... President Carter said, “If your main goal is to get re-elected, avoid a controversial subject as much as you can in the first term.”

Mr. Carter recalled that he alienated too many voters during his first term, and, as he told a group recently, was “involuntarily retired.”

Maybe that explains it all.. The first Obama term is all about “evolution” on the issue. Clarity will come only after the 2012 election Then, and only then, will the dance end.


  1. Ash
    Posted January 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    "Pretending to oppose ssm" is the correct description, because Obama supports ssm wholeheartedly. I guess it is widely understood among the politically-informed that Obama is being deceptive. Now his support for ssm must be exposed to the public. It'll be just another reason for the people to send him back to Chi-Town in November.

  2. rich
    Posted January 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    No, it will be another reason to reelect him.

  3. John Noe
    Posted January 6, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    Then it will be the responsibilty of the Republican nominee to make this an issue. While he tiptoes the Republican nominee can go on the attack.

    Yes make this an election issue. Do you want the peoples vote or not? Do you want to win or not? In 31 states we the people have voted to make marriage between one man and one woman. We will come out in droves in 2012 if this becomes a federal issue.

    Forget about Ron Paul and his states rights stuff. The sodomites want the federal government to violate the states rights and impose SSM against the will of the people.

  4. Louis E.
    Posted January 6, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    I am a Democrat who expects to vote for Obama.But I hope that if he decides to endorse SSM this year,it is visibly seen to cost him re-election.

  5. Randy E King
    Posted January 7, 2012 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Obama will not tell voters the truth because he knows the truth will not ge him reelected; just like he knew the truth would not have gotten him elected in the first place.

  6. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted January 7, 2012 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    I believe that even SSM advocates will be horrified by the nanny state NObama creates if he gets another term.

  7. Little man
    Posted January 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Has anyone read the book NObama uses to show homosexuality (a behavior) is immutable? It is like 20 years old. Without this point, he knows he cannot get through the Supreme Court, even if he appoints all the Justices. The book is referenced in Holder Jr.'s letter to Congress, saying DOMA, section 3 is unconstitutional. That implies he knows more than Congress what is and is not Constitutional. In essence the Executive Branch of government has tried to take over Congress and also the Supreme Court. In reality, there are numerous people who believe the Constitution is passé. They won't say it, though.

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