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Obama endorses gay marriage in 3 states

2012-10-26 11:05

Seattle - President Barack Obama on Thursday endorsed state ballot initiatives to legalise same-sex marriage in Washington state, Maryland and Maine as he sought to galvanise gay and lesbian enthusiasm for his re-election bid.

Statements issued by the Obama campaign in those three states urging voters to approve the gay-marriage measures on their respective 6 November ballots came five months after Obama became the first US president to express support for the right of same-sex couples to wed.

With polls showing Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney running neck and neck, the outcome of the race is likely to hinge largely on the Election Day turnout of their core constituencies, and both candidates are doing the utmost to motivate their supporters.

For Obama, the gay and lesbian community is seen as a loyal and potentially pivotal voting bloc, along with larger demographic groups such as Hispanics and single, young women.

"While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the president believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect," according to a statement in Seattle by Paul Bell, press secretary for Obama's campaign in Washington and Oregon.

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The state goes on to explicitly urge a yes vote for Washington state Referendum 74, which would allow same-sex couples to marry.

Nearly identical endorsement statements were issued in support of similar initiatives on the 6 November ballot in Maine and Maryland.

Six states and the District of Columbia have already extended marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples, all brought about by court rulings and legislative action.

Maine, which rejected gay marriage in a 2009 referendum by 53% to 47%, could become the first state to legalise same-sex marriage solely by popular vote.

In Washington state and Maryland, whose legislatures passed laws expanding marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples earlier this year, citizens will vote on whether to let those statutes stand.

Endorsement decisive

Opponents of gay marriage hope Minnesota will become the latest state to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as exclusively a union between a man and a woman - effectively banning same-sex nuptials.

Obama previously spoke out against the Minnesota measure.

In Washington state, where polls show the "yes" campaign for gay marriage running ahead of the opposition in a tightening race, campaign manager Zach Silk said in a statement that "having the president weight in on approving Referendum 74 puts an extra gust of wind in our sails".

A recent Washington Post poll found voters in Maryland likely to approve the state's gay marriage law in the November election.

Brian Ellner, co-founder of The Four 2012 campaign, which is fighting for gay marriage rights in Washington, Maryland, Maine and Minnesota, said Obama's support "has had a big impact on public opinion, especially among African-Americans", adding that his endorsement could be decisive in a close election.

Comments
  • lesvokli.pitsiladi - 2012-10-26 11:19

    Big thumbs up to you Mr Obama!!!!

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-10-27 06:27

      you're being a douche, stormtrooper...

      jack.russel.14268769 - 2012-10-27 13:08

      Well he cant base his campain on anything else

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-28 10:50

      @storm.trooper thumbs up the @ss? He 'd probably like it as well.

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-10-28 21:26

      Everyone ignore what Dunkie says, he's a dumb bigot with a Ukranian wife who posted a video clip of the De La Rey song to her Facebook with the words 'viva the boerevolk'. Honestly! As for storm trooper - I'm gay but if you are so repressed you need to imagine my ass to get off, go ahead.

  • Asif Asmal - 2012-10-26 11:40

    he's just desperate to gain more votes.

      kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-26 11:53

      He is desperate and is going to lose a lot of Christian votes because of this. ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT!

      kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-26 12:04

      I agree Casters. Hope this sinks his campaign completely :)

      phoenix.px.5 - 2012-10-26 12:14

      Maybe he just believes that all humans should have the same rights?

      wkoen - 2012-10-26 13:44

      @ casters.balle So by your own logic infertile couples should not be allowed to marry, and when married couples are too old to procreate they should get divorced? Also please bear in mind that 99% of us gays and lesbians are born out of straight marriages aka of a "Man and Woman" Therefore if you want to solve the "gay problem" rather ban STRAIGHT MARRIAGES! Id10t!

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-26 13:54

      Casters, your lame god can take his so-called glorious marriage laws between man and women, and shove it up all your asses. People have no time anymore, for a religion which advocates murder, bigotry and discrimination. What an amazing god he is, allowing millions of abortions (miscarriages), deaths of innocent children all over the world. I mean come on, really. No wonder people are moving away from anything church based. You lot are a bunch of nutters living in the Dark Ages.

      lesvokli.pitsiladi - 2012-10-26 14:40

      Casters - You are born gay, as a gay person I know this. Unless you speak from experience of switching which sex you prefer, i think you should keep quiet about an issue you know nothing about. The bible was written by human beings. I do not know if i would trust that to determine what is truly right as wrong. Humans by nature are very flawed.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-26 15:18

      Romney should win, so that people can realise what nutcases Mormons are.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-26 16:13

      Castrated.sonder.balle - You have just proved yourself to be a sad little bigoted homophobe. From what you say, being both gay and infertile is an "aberration of nature", i.e. in the same category, yet you approve of infertile marriages but not gay marriages? You're so fuddled in the head, you are arguing against yourself. Just don't come to blows with yourself, it could prove fatal. BTW, I'm a 100% straight male, so I'm waiting for your childish little "queer" quips.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-26 16:34

      I just knew you would prove me right :-) No answer, just a childish rant and name calling. (FYI, yesterday was not an anti-woman rant - I just called her a bitch because she is one. It's the same as calling you a d00s, just because you are one does not mean that I'm anti-everyone.)

      kim.mann.127 - 2012-10-26 17:46

      @casters.balle are you aware that 1 in every 1,500 people is born with a genital deformity ie a man can be born without a penis. In other words he is man inside but because you are so narrow minded you cannot understand that fact. What you are doing is, you are now forcing this man to only have a relationship with someone who does have a penis in other words, you are forcing this man into a gay relationship - doesn't that actually make you a hypocrite. On the side, you can get someone who is female inside but has a penis. By the same standards, you are forcing this woman to have sex with another woman (oh yes, that's right, you find it a turn on when two women have sex and your biggest fantasy is having sex with 2 women, so that doesn't, really count) but back to basis - she is woman inside with a penis and you automatically judge this person based on what you can see on the outside because people like you are too stupid to understand that your gender is actually determined by what is on the inside. In other words - gays are actually born that way and if you stop being so narrow minded and actually did a bit of research you would realise just how stupid you and the rest of your kind really are!!!!! I'm as straight as an arrow but my grandson is one of these "abberations" of nature you refer to. Yup, born male inside, produces testosterone, XY chromosome but no penis - actually, no genitals at all but stupid people like would lable him female!!

      storm.trooper.125 - 2012-10-26 19:31

      wkoen so u like it in the ass..DD U KNO ASS WAS NOT MEANT FR SEX???

      storm.trooper.125 - 2012-10-26 19:40

      wesley.bischoff..THE BIGGEST TRICK SATAN EVER DONE...that he does not exist..AND BLAME EVERYTHING ON GOD...whatever man do...God must be blame..WESLEY you play the game of satan...ppl must say thers no GOD...bcoz a loving GOD will not allow allthis crazy things happening on earth..BUT IF YOU UNDERSTAND YOUR OWN LIFE..u got choices either to do good or bad..believe what you want to believe..that choices you make..GOD GAVE IT TO YOU..HE GAVE MEN/WOMAN CHOICES...he love you so much that he gave you choices..a choice to love him..a choice to hate him or not to believe in him..whatever man doing..we as humans must blame us ourselves for our wrong doing..HE GAVED US SIGNS & PROPHECIES WHAT WILL HAPPEN..AND AL THOSE PROPHECIES HAPPENING...AND YOU ARE PART OF IT...so you got everything to lose for not believing...and u put a smile on satan face...even the demons believe in GOD...

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-10-27 06:29

      Now if only someone can give independent proof that their god exists...

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-10-28 21:29

      @storm.trooper - I find it funny that you say that it's a trick of satan that whatever bad happens, people blame it on God. It's ironic because so many Christians I've met pass the buck for their misdeeds or those of others, saying 'the devil made me do it' (remember Hansie Cronje?). As for the notion that Mitt Romney is better - he was caught out lying several times in the presidential debates, and he wants to scrap even hospital visitation rights for gay couples. Can you imagine not even being permitted to see someone you've shared years with while they are dying? No compassion

      Pinkdragoon88 - 2012-11-08 16:58

      Well I am sooooo glad Obama won - Shows u how much u actually know and all u fools that backs Romney..

  • john.collin.1690 - 2012-10-26 11:42

    of course he endorses it, Michelle Obama is his beard..

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-10-28 21:30

      @john.collin Because any heterosexual man who is intelligent enough to realize that equal rights are important can only be gay. Yeah, sure.

  • nicky.saaiman.1 - 2012-10-26 12:17

    For the devil or for Jesus. Live is full of choices that open or close doors.

      mbossenger - 2012-10-26 12:24

      So why did god make people homosexual then?

      nicky.saaiman.1 - 2012-10-26 12:32

      Sex outside marriage( between man and wife) is a weapon of satin.

      mbossenger - 2012-10-26 12:35

      Missing the point kobus - omniscient god apparently created everything and everyone, so he knew the person would turn out homosexual. In fact, they had no choice in the matter.

      phoenix.px.5 - 2012-10-26 12:41

      Oh please LOL Being gay is not a choice doofus. Only bisexuals think that people can 'choose' their sexual orientation. And so by the way - satin/satan - is there actually a difference? I think not.

      nicky.saaiman.1 - 2012-10-26 13:27

      Sorry for the spelling mistake but I did not say I had the highest marks for English. So according to you everything in live was Gods decision before you where born. Not so easy. In your life you will have a network of roads no u turns. Each decision will lead you to another one. Don't blame God for your weakness. Sorrry I took so long went to fetch my glasses no more spelling mistakes. Please please read Proverbs 2. There would have been no purpose in life if we did not have choices. Believe me I made a lot of not so clever ones. God bless.

      mbossenger - 2012-10-26 13:32

      "So according to you everything in live was Gods decision before you where born." - Actually i'm atheist, but what I've quoted is what you believe, since you believe in an omniscient god.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-26 13:57

      Well since your dumba$$ god is the one who created satan, he is ultimately the one to blame. He is supposed to be all-knowing, omnipotent, omniscient, so all responsibility lies on him. Luckily for us this fairy godman doesn't exist. Wake up and smell the godless coffee

      nicky.saaiman.1 - 2012-10-26 14:04

      Then you must feel that everything you do is your choice.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-26 14:18

      Everything i CHOOSE to do is my choice. Other stuff is just chance. I did not, however, wake up one day and decide to be gay. Just like you never chose to be straight. It's that simple.

      nicky.saaiman.1 - 2012-10-26 14:31

      Maybe your aggressiveness is also a trademark of the devil.

      lesvokli.pitsiladi - 2012-10-26 14:52

      Nicky - not everything is a choice, been born with 1 leg is not a choice, been born white is not a choice, been born retarded is not a choice, been born with any attribute that you have today was not a choice. Homosexuality is not an event, its a inconvenient truth that there are anomalies in nature.

      mbossenger - 2012-10-26 15:03

      "Maybe your aggressiveness is also a trademark of the devil" - or maybe he's just pi$$ed off with self rightous religiots like you.

      mbossenger - 2012-10-26 15:04

      "Luckily for us this fairy godman doesn't exist" - good point; I'm constantly amazed that anyone would actually want to worship the god described in the bible.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-26 15:04

      Maybe my aggressiveness is because of morons like you, and the fact that this planet has been held hostage by religion for way to long.

      nicky.saaiman.1 - 2012-10-26 16:41

      Being born is not a choice. Being born with a defect is not a choice. Your choices will come later. Being born a retard is in the hands of the parents and their decisions. Being in a motor accident later in life losing the ability to compete in sport is not a choice. But after that there is other choices.

      phoenix.px.5 - 2012-10-26 16:59

      Oh dear. Nicky thanks for being concerned about others - but I think gay people will be fine irrespective of your beliefs.

  • johan.jacobs.33821 - 2012-10-26 12:53

    Thinking of divorce.

      nicky.saaiman.1 - 2012-10-26 13:46

      Proverbs 31:10=31 proverbs 12:4

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-26 13:59

      At least you have the right to choose that option. As usual, certain people think they have the right to dictate who is deserving of basic human rights, based on religion.

      nicky.saaiman.1 - 2012-10-26 14:47

      People make choices based on religion. Muslims are very strict maybe to strict maybe not. Christians on the other hand is not strict enough. I think as a Christian we can learn from the Muslims. They will not accept something if it is wrong according to the koran.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-26 15:06

      I think all religion should be abolished. All it has ever done, is cause hatred between people, and sow the seeds of segregation. And don't tell me about Mother Teresa, or how much your church donates. That is irrelevant. The cause and effect of religion is the true "evil"

      Desilusionada - 2012-10-26 16:30

      @nicky.saaiman.1 You obviously have never read the Q'ran. Nor have you heard of the fact that some actually strap explosives around their bodies (woman & children as well) and blow themselves and other people (including fellow Muslims, to pieces)...

  • johan.jacobs.33821 - 2012-10-26 12:57

    nicki.saaiman.1 You happen,to have a choice Nickey, you can't blame God if you've made a wrong one.

      nicky.saaiman.1 - 2012-10-26 13:30

      I think you misunderstood me.

      johan.jacobs.33821 - 2012-10-26 13:55

      In that case,Please pardon me.

      nicky.saaiman.1 - 2012-10-26 14:25

      No problem. Get a smile on your face and enjoy your day.

  • lesvokli.pitsiladi - 2012-10-26 14:44

    The Christian vote doesnt matter, because even Christians will forsake their beliefs and vote for a president that promises to tax them less. Homosexuality is truly a non-issue, the real issue here is who is going to be taxed.

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-10-28 21:32

      so true!

  • michael.serfontein.7 - 2012-10-26 15:10

    honestly, religious fanatic people should shut their mouths. if someone is on a DIET he has no right to enforce his diet on somebody else. likewize no one has the right to enforce their religion on someone else. how do those gay peoples private bedroom lives affect YOU? GENISIS: man ceated god in his image: Racists, homophobic, sexist and paranoid

      lesvokli.pitsiladi - 2012-10-26 15:16

      Michael - very clever people invented racism and homophobic culture to divide society on truly non-issues well the country's resources get raped by those creating the divide.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-26 15:20

      Spot on Michael :)

      michael.serfontein.7 - 2012-10-26 15:25

      racism and homophobic nature is mans response to something he fears and does not understand.

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-10-27 06:41

      "I don't like the word homophobia. It is not a phobia. You are not scared. You are an a55-hole." - random internet wisdom. "Homophobia is the debilitating fear that a man will treat you the same way you treat women." - more random internet wisdom "Microsoft Internet Explorer sucks!" - the wisest thing ever to be said on the internet.

  • michael.serfontein.7 - 2012-10-26 15:29

    if Americans wana vote for a man who once had a high ranking office in the Mormon church, they are not even allowed to drink tea or coffie. their prophet spoke to an angel called MORONI, come on!!! josheph smith was smoking weed and saying "what else can i get them to believe" go ahead america, vote for MORONI

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-26 15:38

      Or you're just not enlightened enough yet to understand that there are many things not usually visible to the naked eye, but which exist in rarified levels of reality anyway.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-26 16:16

      Those "rarefied levels of reality" sound quite lekker. What do I have to smoke to get there?

      Thomas Mugayi - 2012-10-28 01:37

      100%

  • pfantis - 2012-10-26 23:46

    It's the economy, stupid.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-28 11:02

    Enough to read a couple of comments here to understand that some of you people dont see any further than your own finger points. What a difference does it make if someone supports gay rights and his opponent states strongly against it? What kind of benefit does the country gain from it? You would prefer to give powers to a real moron and republican fanatic only because he is standing against the whole gay movement but the same person, this devoted christian wouldnt blink his eye when it comes to destroying the world.

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