How might President Obama’s stand on same-sex marriage affect your vote in November?

After resisting pressure for months to declare a position, President Obama now says he believes that same-sex couples should be able to get married. Today’s Question: How might President Obama’s stand on same-sex marriage affect your vote in November?

  • Hiram

    I will vote for the president with greater enthusiasm.

  • Hiram

    I will vote for the president with greater enthusiasm.

  • Duane

    It wont have any affect. I didn’t vote for him four years ago and I will not be voting for him in November. I see this as an attempt to divert attention from the many failing stands he has taken in the past three and a half years. I expect this to hurt him in many states this coming November.

  • Stacey

    I have always planned to vote for President Obama, and because of the risk he has taken with this declaration I definitely feel the responsibility to work harder between now and November to help him get elected to a second term.

  • reggie

    If anything, his overdue statement of support for marriage equality will make my strong support for the President even stronger.

    I do think it’s a little silly that so much attention is paid for a simple acknowledgment that America’s promise of “liberty and justice for all” actually means ALL. But better to affirm it out loud and let the bigots reveal themselves by their criticism than to assume everyone understands the fundamental principle.

  • Steve the Cynic

    It won’t affect my vote. I wasn’t going to vote for the plutocrat in any case. I do think it shows some integrity for a politician to be honest about an opinion on a hotbutton issue when it might be politically expedient to be vague.

  • Kurt

    I think most people viewed his previous statements on the matter as political prevariacation, and assumed he felt this way all along. I have no problem with gay marriage and no, I will not be voting for Obama.

  • Rich

    I heard Romney on TV last night he still supports marriage

    between 1 man and up to 8 women.

    (rim-shot)

  • linda

    It will not affect my vote anymore than allowing same-sex marriages would affect my traditional marriage.

  • Clark

    Never planned to vote for our current clueless community activist president anyway. I am neutral on the gay marriage thing so would have no impact.

    Get married, don’t get married, I don’t care!

  • linda

    It doesn’t affect my positive vote for Obama, but it does put one more issue out there for the conservatives to throw their mud at. I agree with Regee….”Liberty and Justice for All!”

  • Maggie O’Connor

    My partner and I have been together for 31 years. I have never given much energy to thinking about getting married – just have never believed it could happen. And I’ve avoided pushing for this politically because the risk to my brave straight friends (politicians and regular folk) being hurt. For Barack Obama to make such a plain, direct statement brought tears to my eyes. This is a brave thing to do, a risky thing to do, a statement that says to me “I will stand by you even if this places me in the direct line of fire.” Tears came to my eyes. Nobody with this much power and prominence beside me before. I thank him and hope the American people will be willing to risk saying I can have the simple honoring of my love to community, that my kids can see we aren’t second class people and that I deserve the same responsibilities and privileges of marriage that seem so often to be casually taken for granted by those who can marry.

  • Charlie Rike

    I admire President Obama & think it is the only Fair way to treat people. Like the President said. “Everyone should have the same Rights”.

  • Joanna

    My daughter and her friends who are queer, bi, gay and transgender are turning 18 in time to vote for President Obama. I’ll be smiling when I vote because he has affirmed his desire to one day see all states eliminate obstacles to their full citizenship, and equal treatment under the law as promised by the 14th Amendment. Personally, I’m straight and I don’t believe in marriage, but I don’t begrudge anyone else the right to the benefits and protections it provides under the law.

  • Jess

    This doesn’t change my vote – I’m already an Obama supporter. Sure, there are things he could do differently, but he’s done a lot of good things and will continue to do.good things.

  • Jim

    Easier than ever:

    Obama – Yes

    Marriage amendment – No

  • georges

    Liberty….Equality…..Freedom…..Justice For All…..

    You want ’em?

    You don’t get these things by INCREASING the number of people who come under the heavy thumb of government.

    You get them by REDUCING the number of areas the govenment has stolen from the People.

    The only rational direction is to get government OUT of the marriage business. There is no logical reason for government to have anything to do with the private and personal aspects of ones life. Free all citizens. Set ourselves free from the ugly hand of government. We are adults, perfectly capable of entering into a contractual agreement with another adult without the government butting in.

  • Ann

    I will not support a person who votes for same-sex marriage. If people want to change the definition of marriage to any deffinition they want, then maybe marriage should be a totally private action. There would be no need for any public support in the way of marriage licenses, tax deductions, or other social services. As a taxpayer, I should not have to subsidize marriages if the word marriage is going to be anything an individual wants it to be. I know my view is not “politically correct” and will get little support in the media. I would like to be able to voice my opinion though in the same way that liberals voice their opinions about their passions and ideas.

  • Stephanie

    It is so refreshing to hear a politician claim an honest personal position on a controversial subject. I heard him justifying his position but not pandering, which seems to constitute the bulk of political speech, especially in an election year. It doesn’t change my vote, but it gives me hope for our country and our state. May our citizens hear the voice of reason, compassion, justice, and fairness, and act on it with our own votes.

  • Jim G

    My votes for President Obama and against the MN Republican’s Marriage Prohibition Amendment in November are confirmed. I have extended family members in same-sex relationships. Unfortunately, they live in red, former confederate states which currently prohibit same-sex marriages. Nothing about same-sex marriage threatens my traditional marriage. In fact, their liberty to choose their marriage partners insures equal treatment for all people regardless of sexual preference. My wife and I stand with all loving same-sex and traditional marriage partners in support of strong families. The cry that comes down to us from the French Revolution: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity are words that still need to ring throughout this land.

  • Greg

    I admire President Obama for volunteering to express his opinion on this controversial, emotional issue. Following his pattern, he thought about it for months before coming to his opinion. This how a thoughtful leader should act–presidential. No doubt he and his advisers have tried to calculate the pros and cons with regard to the election in November. Any politician would. But, there is no way that the impact on this fall’s election could be guaranteed one way or the other. I admire the President’s courage for taking a stand and will vote for him in November because he is a thoughtful, careful, leader.

  • Larry M.

    I am glad we have a president who believes in equality and freedom. His announcement won’t change my vote, the republicans have just become to radical to even consider. The last republican I voted for, for governor, was Arnie Carlson, I think he’s basically been banned from participating in republican politics because he at least is a reasonable and thoughtful man. I also used to vote for my local republican representative because he was an attentive representative who supported for the arts, but alas I had to stop voting for him as well because of his party’s radical platform. I love my current representative Simon, as I know he does stand for equality and I know that his party will not try to influence him to stand against it.

  • Philip

    His statement simply reinforced my position. I will not be voting for him. His stance on this issue is a reproach to decency.

  • DMox

    I am a committed voter. I’ve lived in countries where voting was not allowed and seen first hand the effect that not living in a democracy has on a society. At an early age, I made a commitment to myself that wherever I was, I would register, and I would vote in every election, and have since 1992.

    The 2008 election was the first time I had ever felt so strongly about a candidate and the critical nature of an election that I actually donated money to a campaign. I donated as much as my meager income would allow to Barack Obama, and volunteered, because I believed in his message, and couldn’t fathom another 4 years of distorted Republican rule. I was beaming and proud the day he was elected. I felt, more than ever, that I had made a difference.

    Over the past few years, as a gay man in Obama’s America, I felt a little put off. I came to resent his word “evolution.” It hurt my feelings that I had given money and volunteered for him and he didn’t see fit to evolve to commit to my equality. I moved to Minnesota from a decidedly red state in 2009. I registered as soon as I could, to ensure my participation in my new community. But as this election drew closer, I started really asking myself how much of myself I wanted to commit to helping re-elect Obama. I’m certainly going to vote, given the heinous amendment up for vote, and I was certainly not going to come around to voting for Romney. I would likely hold my nose and vote Obama, even though I think he’s done the right thing on every other area of his presidency. Even though I’m to the left of him on many issues, I would hold my nose and vote for him because the alternative was far worse, and I would put off my strong belief that my equality matters and hope for better days down the road.

    That changed yesterday.

    I am more invigorated than ever. In one simple statement of his beliefs, he inspired and uplifted my community to once again see hope. I’m no fool. I understand that his professed personal belief doesn’t directly correlate to any legislation that he is likely to propose, nor does it change my rights today, or likely anytime soon. This, in fact, is why I feel that it was such a brave act, and an inspiring one. There will be little political or monetary gain from his statement, but my conscience will be clear when I enthusiastically vote for him in November.

    And beyond the political scope, I have to say, that when you hear the leader of your country openly speak to his belief in YOUR equal rights, it shakes you to your core. Those of you who have never had to hear your rights affirmed should not take it for granted.

  • Regnar James

    He will lose!

    Even thou MPR is a flamingly GLBT supporter….

    (It would be interesting to know the % of gay coverage MPR has versus other news outlets.)

    Shocking as it may seem a vast majority of people are not gay.

    What we do have is a squeaky wheel that wants the same rights as a straight couple. SOORRY … move along and hold your tongue.

    I hope the up-skewed GLBT supporters of MPR flame this post… as usual. You can all hold hands and tell everyone how unfair you are being treated.

    ∑DTOM

  • David

    I am disappointed the president made the calculated decision to make a statement on this topic in an election year. I will not vote for him as a result – I did last time. With the majority of the world struggling to even tolerate homosexuality, it is very divisive for him to enunciate an extreme position – he did not have to. I believe this will alienate further much of the world, make the US look like a shockingly liberal culture and may further fuel anti-American violence. This is not the same as taking a strong stand on a fundamental human right violation like slavery. It’s taking a public stand on a controversial and divisive topic – and there are lots of those – it’s not helpful with so much global instability.

  • Philip

    Regnar James – Well said.

    I offer the following:

    In 1947, sociologist Dr. Carle Zimmerman wrote a text called Family and Civilization. He identified 11 “symptoms of final decay” observable in the fall of both Greek and Roman civilizations.

    1. No fault divorce

    2. Increased disrespect for parenthood and parents

    3.Meaningless marriage rights/ceremonies

    4. Defamation of past national heroes

    5. Acceptance of alternative marriage forms

    6. Widespread attitudes of feminism, narcissism, and hedonism

    7. Propogation of anitfamily sentiment

    8. Acceptance of most forms of adultery

    9. Rebellios children

    10. Increased juvenile delinquency

    11. Common acceptance of all forms of sexual perversion.

    I wonder what the grave marker for the US will say?

  • Ron

    Won’t affect my vote in the least … of the clown car that was the Republican nominees this time around, Willard Romney is certainly the least humorous, but certainly still a clown. Serious people won’t vote for him, unless it helps them financially.

    However, this may help spark donations and the street team for Obama, something his campaign is rightfully worried about this time around, given his center-right Presidency.

  • James

    It is a topic I could care less about.

    However, it is such a breath of fresh air for any politician to speak from his heart ever, and particularly in an election year, that I actually feel pretty good today.

  • georges

    Ahhhhhh……

    I see the new dose of hope-ium being spread among the populace is taking hold.

  • Regnar James

    The POTUS endorsing this stance makes the U.S.A. look like a bunch of fairies throwing pixy dust around. There are powerful other countries and groups on this planet that want us DEAD. If they sense weakness it will only embolden then to attack us.

    This ranks right up there with bowing down to the Japanese, Chinese, Russian, and Saudis leaders.

    The country needs someone with fortitude and a good moral compass at the helm.

    BHO does not have those qualities.

    Also would like to add that the field of prospective candidates for this position is corrupt and also lack these qualities.

    ∑DTOM

  • L Overman

    I am very proud of him…for taking a stand. Everyone should have the right… to love, and to be loved…legally, with all of the benefits (insurance, etc…) I will vote for him for sure! People, there is so much hate in the world, open your eyes, we are talking about people that LOVE each other.

  • Tj

    I am proud of him for finally taking a stand. I will enthusiastically vote for him, and vote against the Amendment in November. Equality for all!

  • anti-Regnar

    Dear Regnar James:

    Assuming you aren’t gay (your hompophobia suggests otherwise) I hope that you have kids one day and that one or more of them are gay. At which point you will learn that it is not a choice or a weakness. And then when you want your child to have the best life he or she can have, you can join us on the side of “feedom for all.”

  • Rebecca

    I too will vote for Obama with greater enthusiasm.

  • Scott

    I will be voting for President Obama in November. I will also be voting “No” on the anti-marriage, anti-family constitutional amendment.

    I think the President’s leadership on this issue and his genuine willingness to evolve and take a leadership position speaks volumes about how we can move forward on this issue when people think about this issue in terms of people, families and love.

  • Jonathan

    How might President Obama’s stand on same-sex marriage affect my vote in November?

    None in the least, I was expecting more than that. I appreciate his honesty and he has still to prove he’s got the heart-mind to tell the truth about the world’s most utilitarian plant, Cannabis/hemp to secure my vote.

    “When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point.” – Barack Obama

    “The war on drugs has been an utter failure. We need to rethink and decriminalize our nation’s marijuana laws.” – Barack Obama, January 21, 2004 debate

    The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help, and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents. – William F. Buckley, 1983

    “Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.” – Bob Marley

    Watch “The Union: The Business Behind Getting High”.

    Oh yeah … yay Gays!

    There may be hope for us all.

  • Tom

    It will not change my vote today any more then when Dick Cheney made his statement in favor of states rights and gay marriage in 2009.

  • Gary F

    No. We have larger problems than that issue.

    Bush started a fire, Obama threw gasoline and dead pine needles on it.

  • GregX

    Dr. Carle Zimmerman ??? – one opinion of highly a subjective science with dispusted proof on a topic for which no general consensus rests.

    had he beeen correct, America would have ceased functioning in roughly 1984.

    He was suffering from distopianism. During that period, there was a clear reconition of the transition from a rural agrarian society to an urban industrial economy, but not a very good understanding – or perhaps acceptance – of the adaptability of humans to deal with the truths that existed everywhere.

    Knowledge repression regarding all manner of behaviors ( ie race, sexual preference, etc., drug use, alcholism, etc.) – fostered the perception that “back then” Americans were somehow a purer of mind society. Not true … actual behavior just wasn’t widely or easily known as it is today.

    The media of that era promoted for the faux-Americana of “good honest religious people” when in fact rampant bigotry, open-hatred and shame-induced family secrets were more the norm. Lenny Bruce didn’t get popular because he was funny… he was funny because he was an open example of the truth, as was Truman Capote, etal… America had some demons to deal with… and one of them was the lies it told about itself … to itself.

  • Phil

    I think if people were really interested in protecting marriage they would be screaming for laws to outlaw divorce and cheating on your spouse. If you are not screaming for those laws, then you are just looking for people to pick on. My vote will stay the same. I really don’t care if my neighbors are male/female or male/male or female/female, I am only concerned that they take care of the yard, don’t throw loud parties every weekend, and are just generally good neighbors.

  • rose

    no effect.

    the president’s personal opinion is his opinion. marriage is not and must not be a federal issue.

    reporting on and discussing this topic is not journalism or news.

  • Steve the Cynic

    Ann writes: “I would like to be able to voice my opinion though in the same way that liberals voice their opinions about their passions and ideas.”

    Ann, there doesn’t seem to be any reticence about voicing opinions by conservatives here. As you can see, others have made statements far more outrageous than yours, on both extremes. I’m tired of conservatives playing the martyr and complaining about how their opinions are being suppressed. It’s patently not true, as evidenced by the postings here today.

  • georges

    The formost examples of American dystopia are:

    Modern Social Liberalism.

    Labor Unions.

    The Federal Government.

  • Philip

    GregX – I referenced these points merely as an observation of symptoms of the decline in our society. Please note that gay marriage is only one alluded to. Gay marriage isn’t really the problem, it is a symptom of the problem, along with the examples you pointed out in your post. I am not looking to pick on anyone in particular, and certainly I have my faults and mistakes. However, I will not endorse a morally bankrupt position simply because it happens to be popular in our culture and press of today. Anyone can poke holes in any individual’s theory or opinion, playing gotcha. The real problem is America turning its back on God and His principles. The rest are merely symptoms of this problem and whether I quote Carl Zimmerman or someone else doesn’t really matter.

  • Mark in Freeborn

    Those who support the President will like him all the more. Those who don’t support the President will hate him all the more. The many who have more important things to worry about won’t be affected in the least, nor will they be much affected when gay marriage is legal throughout the country, which I predict it will eventually. Allowing it in some places and not in others creates a bifurcation of laws, which is a gross violation of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

  • Mark in Freeborn

    …..and why the Supreme Court hasn’t noticed that yet is both mysterious and frustrating.

  • Steve the Cynic

    Liberals would do well to banish homophobia, homophobic, homophobe, and any related words from their vocabulary. Such words imply that conservative opinions derive from a mental illness and are every bit as much a case of name-calling as the slurs historically thrown at LGBT folks.

  • georges

    When same sex couples can legally marry, they will also be able to legally divorce.

    This will throw the local court system into a chaotic condition.

    What oh what will they do? Being firmly committed to favoring the female over the male (a gross violation of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment) in every step of the divorce/custody process, just what will they DO when both litigants are the same gender?

    I guess they could, when both are females, give them each 10 million dollars from the Public Treasury.

    And when both are males……they could assign each one of them a female to knuckle under to.

  • suestuben

    I have been fuming the last 3 years that Obama lacked backbone. Then he successfully found and killed Bin Laden, got us out of Iraq, and now he has formally taken the only stand a person of morals can take. I am now firmly motivated to work and financially support this man who may be one of the most outstanding presidents our country has had.

    My partner and I raised our 4 children together–they are all upstanding, tax-paying, straight citizens. Two of them are married and we were just blessed with the most beautiful grandchild ever! Would it have been so horrible for them to have grown up with married parents? Absolutely, positively not!

  • georges

    Obama neither found nor killed Bin Laden.

    The military had been on that job for many years. Obama just happened to be there, that’s all.

    Interesting, though, how he wants to take credit for it. Indeed, even going so far as to proclaim himself “America’s Greatest Hero”.

    Gulp…….Obama is now America’s Greatest Hero?

    While he is out there spreading that kind of crazy stuff (at Taxpayers expense), one must feel sorry for the guy. Such emotional and mental problems as he displays are in urgent need of medical care. Delusional.

  • GregX

    phillip – “The real problem is America turning its back on God and His principles.”

    I disagree. The real problem is the imposition of religious beliefs upon me and others who do not follow that faith(s).

    Hegemony and cruelty in the name of a god is as cruel as that performed in the name of any other. Religious freedom includes the option to practice none.

    Legally – no single church can marry anyone without the issuance of a marriage certificate – a government document. Religions may have strongly inculcated associations within their belifefs and tenets – but no court in the land will act on the purely religious authority for the responsibilities under marriage. This being the case – marriage – while a term religions use heavily – has its primary societal defintion for the living defined by the government.

    The rights and freedoms of the non-religious have stolen by the religious and it shall not stand. The work to establish national equality on this topic is not over until equality is gained.

  • LB

    I am happy that Obama has embraced marriage equality. I am also happy that he did it using language that did not specifically name that marriage equality would *only* benefit “gays and lesbians.” Attaining marriage equality would benefit us all, because it would let us all live in a more equal and just society. The fact I now know with confidence that Obama embraces marriage equality will help me vote for him with more confidence and passion. I’m getting back on board again with, “Yes, we can!”

  • Jon Hanson

    Obama has been very straightforward about his beliefs. This is a touchy subject, and a slight shift in opinion has drawn an inordinate amount of attention. I think he’ll benefit, as the folks who disagree with his stance would not vote for him anyway. He’s galvanized support from the people who were getting complacent.

    As for drawing attention away from economic issues like the DJIA at near record levels, unemployment in the private sector moving downward, retaining the dollar’s status in the world- maybe he should redirect the media’s attention back to the success he’s enjoyed.

  • georges

    Marriage was originally just two people living together.

    Then the religions took it over, specifically for the purpose of keeping records of who the children were of what couple, in order not to violate the religions incest principles and to make sure property was handed down to legitimate heirs.

    Then, the governments took over this record keeping function.

    And, of course, made a mess of it, as government always does to everything it touches.

    It is time to return marriage to its rightful owners. The couple itself. And, seeing more than half of couples these days choose to not buy a permit from the State, proves that what I have been promoting for 30 years is coming to the fore, and will take over.

    The State will lose everything they have stolen. In due time.

    Courts are recognizing long-standing couples as being married couples, more and more, as time goes by. They have to. They must divide the custody and the property. They have no choice.

    Hallelujah

  • Steve the Cynic

    Hey, georges, I thought I’d alert you that someone else has been using your name to make posts. You say, for instance, “And, of course, made a mess of it, as government always does to everything it touches.” But two days ago there was someone posting using the name “georges” who was supporting the Vikings stadium bill. Since those two opinions are mutually contradictory, I can only assume two people are posting under the name, “georges.”

  • Raul

    I want to hold hands in public with the invisible hand

  • Sue de Nim

    Obama’s style of Christianity is similar to mine: open-minded and non-legalistic. I frankly don’t know if God approves of gay marriage, but I am quite certain he does not approve of sanctimonious judgmentalism, or of the way LGBT folks have been persecuted historically. At least Obama is being honest about his opinion in this matter. If nothing else, this admission should put to rest the preposterous idea that he’s a closet Muslim. Islam is even more condemnatory of homosexuality than Christian fundamentalism is.

  • BEN

    No change in my vote, but I might consider door knocking for him now.

    IF I get a real job, I might make a contribution to him.

  • Owen

    I did not will not vote for Obama, but I’m glad he spoke out and said same sex marriage is ok. In fact, I don’t think I will be able to vote for Romney either. And, I will be voting against the marriage amendment.

  • Chuck

    Why are we surprised that Obama has liberal opinions?

    He just confirms what we already suspected about him.

    I didn’t vote for him…. I won’t vote for him

  • georges

    When it started, a few years ago, it was GLBT.

    Now, it’s LGBT.

    Must have been a military coup somewhere along the way.

  • Bill

    Good for Obama for doing the right thing. I will vote for him now even more enthusiastically for standing up for what he believes is the just, fair, and compassionate position to take. I’m a fan of marriage, but given how much heterosexuals have messed up the institiution of marriage (e.g., 50% of marriages fail), how much worse could this be? In recognition of some of those heterosexual failed marriages are 2nd and 3rd marriages, that means that heterosexuals actually get marriage right at below chance levels. Aren’t opponents of gay marriage being sanctimonious about protecting the sanctity of marriage?

  • Allie

    This will be a moot point when Perry v. Brown (formerly Perry v. Schwarzenegger) likely reaches the Supreme Court on appeal. When the Supreme court upholds the Ninth’s Circuit’s ruling it will also invalidate state amendments against gay marriage.

    They will do so because it deprives same-sex couples of the fundamental right to marry” and violates the Equal Protection Clause by excluding same-sex couples from an “honored status” permitted different-sex couples.

    The tyranny of the majority over a minority.