Maggie Gallagher: Obama's Gay Marriage Support Will Help Romney in 2012


NOM co-founder Maggie Gallagher is interviewed by Lila Shapiro about how Obama's marriage flip-flop will affect the Presidential race:

What was your first reaction when you heard the president say that he thought that same-sex couples should be able to get married?

Relieved. Lying to the American people to get elected is always wrong, so it's good he's come clean on the issue.

Do you think this is a turning point in the debate over marriage?

In the debate? No. In the elections? Quite possibly yes. President Obama probably just did something for Mitt Romney that Romney was having a hard time doing for himself: consolidate his support among evangelicals.

Plus he just put himself on the wrong side of 61 percent of voters in North Carolina, a key swing state. The cheers of Hollywood and Manhattan are not going to be that helpful come November. I do believe he was pushed by his gay donor base to do this.

He chose the money over the voters. We'll see how that turns out in November.


  1. Pete
    Posted May 14, 2012 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Wishful thinking, not to be confused with facts.

    Remember Paladino, Christine O'Donnell, NH's Stephen, Carly Fiorina, Tom Emmer, Delano Hunter and Andy Pugno?

  2. Scrounger
    Posted May 14, 2012 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    @Pete: no, who are they?

  3. Adam
    Posted May 14, 2012 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    She has a good point. If gay marriage is such a winning argument. why didn't he make this decision in 2008? If gay marriage is so popular, why do 31 states oppose it? Maggie is right, gay marriage will only help in CA and NY. 2 states Obama would get anyway in the election.

  4. Ash
    Posted May 14, 2012 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Great interview from Maggie. I'm glad the readers of HuffPo got a nice, fresh, pro-marriage perspective.

  5. Posted May 14, 2012 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Why would the V.P. need to apologize to the President for forcing him to reveal his stand on marriage, if SSM is such a universally popular proposition? I'm guessing that just like the President's consiliatory stance on U.S./Russian relations, the Pres. was going to wait until after the election when he'd have more excuse to knuckle under to radicals. Such presumption.

  6. Zack
    Posted May 14, 2012 at 11:51 am | Permalink


    Remember those people were running in far left progressive states?

    Besides, Paladino could have won. His problem was that he tried to be like Chris Christie and it backfired.

  7. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted May 14, 2012 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Like all wannabe tyrants, Nobama has overestimated his influence on the American people, including his fellow Dems. Sociopathic charm can only take him so far. He's crossed the line. Romney needs to capitalize on this fatally flawed stage production.

  8. Zack
    Posted May 14, 2012 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Oh and Carly Firorina lost because of the whole Meg Whitman "scandal" when actually Gloria Allred exploited an illegal immigrant for political gain and it cost all the GOP contenders their races.

  9. Chairm
    Posted May 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    The pro-gay bigotry of the SSM campaign is not made less repulsive by the prominent voice of Obama -- in or out of the White House.

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