President Obama’s MN campaign opposes marriage amendment

President Obama’s campaign in Minnesota has issued a statement saying the campaign will oppose the state’s proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

“While the President does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples,” said Kristen Sosanie, spokeswoman for the Obama for America – Minnesota campaign. “That’s what the Minnesota ballot initiative would do – it would single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples – and that’s why the President does not support it.”

This isn’t the first instance where President Obama has spoken out about a ballot initiative that bans same-sex marriage. The campaign released a statement in March saying Mr. Obama opposed the amendment in North Carolina.

The statement comes as Mr. Obama is courting the gay community heading into the November election. He has long opposed efforts to allow gay couples to marry but said his views on gay marriage “are evolving.” His administration, however, is no longer defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act and says it blocks gay rights.

It isn’t certain what impact the campaign will have on the constitutional amendment efforts to ban same-sex marriage. Groups have been raising millions to both support and oppose the amendment.

Update: It should be noted that Minnesota law currently bans same-sex marriage.

  • PASTOR ROBERT TILTON

    OBAMA IS A SECULAR SOCIALIST. ALL TRUE PEOPLE OF FATIH NEED TO TO VOTE OUT THIS GODLESS TRASH.

  • David Martin

    Wow, Pastor Robert Tilton, even if you don’t agree with his politics, do you have to call someone “Godless trash”? Is that Christian outreach at work? You shame the rest of us Christians by using language like that.

  • C. Becker
  • C. Becker

    The link did not come through correctly, so here it is:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Tilton

  • gary

    president barrach hussein obama enjoys everything that brings the discontent of the nation..it enables him to hide what he is and has done to the nation he hates and wants to destroy–homosexuality is what has brought chaos to the u.s. as a Christian nation people don’t wish to embrace sin just as they don’t wish to have sin pushed in their face..homosexuality is a moral (spirtual) issue..not a civil right..sin is not a civil right..God said it is a sin and God meant it..and to boast your sin is not courage, but another sin..courage is saying you have sinned against the Lord and ask for forgiveness from God..and sin no more ..now that is courage ..we all fall short and no one should be boasting his or her sins…and each of us should be working toward a life without sin ..as Jesus Christ did…. listen very carefully to God..God Loves each and every one and with equal Love…God doesn’t make junk..we as individuals choose junk ..we make wrong choices…now back to obama and the reason for his support..money, votes, disunity..and the list goes on and on….

  • Mary Dunn

    There is such a thing as separation of church and state in the USA. It is not a Christian country, actually. Britain is, France is, Belgium is, but the USA is a democracy. Civil rights are for everyone.

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  • Doug Reimel

    And of COURSE, as we ALL know, the laws and Constitution of the United States requires all secular, and especially all socialists, to be put to DEATH! Death to secular socialists!

    Whoopsie, there goes about 60% of the country!

  • Doug

    So, gary.

    What you’re saying is that two people of the same sex who are in love, in genuine, true, and deeply soulful love, are committing sin? Yet that same very human emotion between two people of the opposite sex is not?

    This is why people of all faiths are moving away from your vilification of some of God’s creatures and toward acceptance of all people, as God made them.

    God Bless His forgiveness and tolerance of those who use His name in such a fashion.

    Love is never a sin, my friend. Love is pure, and is a gift from God.

  • http://John John

    Sinful rights yes.God says you have a right to sin.That’s called free-will.God has a right to judge sin.That’s what homosexuality is -SIN>For the wages of sin is DEATH.