Thursday, May 10, 2012

Reaction to Obama's Gay Marriage Endorsement

As you can see below, the reaction to President Obama's historic endorsement of marriage equality is all over the map. One thing for sure, the left is going to be supremely energized this election year:

New York Times Editorial: President Obama’s Moment: With those 10 words, Mr. Obama finally stopped temporizing and “evolving” his position on same-sex marriage and took the moral high ground on what may be the great civil rights struggle of our time. . We have one major point of disagreement with Mr. Obama: his support for the concept of states deciding this issue on their own. . Mr. Obama should remember that, in 1967, the Supreme Court said no state could prohibit mixed-race marriages because “marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man.’ ” 
John Cook @ Gawker: Barack Obama’s Bullshit Gay Marriage Announcement: He now believes that gay couples should be able to marry. He doesn't believe they have a right to do so. This is like saying that black children and white children ought to attend the same schools, but if the people of Alabama reject that notion—what are you gonna do?

Adam Serwer @ Mother Jones: Obama Endorses Marriage Equality... But Not For All: On Wednesday afternoon, President Barack Obama finally evolved into a supporter of same-sex marriage—but only for those Americans who live in states where gay marriage is legal.

Chris Geidner @ Poliglot: News Analysis: Obama's Marriage Equality Support Is Not the Half-Loaf Some Are Claiming: As that brief -- filed by Ted Olson, David Boies and the other lawyers representing those plaintiffs -- makes clear, Obama's legal, policy and personal views are not in any way contradictory and present a clear path forward toward the advancement of marriage equality across the country. 

Media Matters: Fox Nation: "OBAMA FLIP FLOPS, DECLARES WAR ON MARRIAGE": Within an hour of posting its original headline, Fox Nation removed the “war on marriage” language from its post.

New York Times: A Watershed Move, Both Risky and Inevitable: President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage on Wednesday was by any measure a watershed. A sitting United States president took sides in what many people consider the last civil rights movement, providing the most powerful evidence to date of how rapidly views are moving on an issue that was politically toxic just five years ago. 

BuzzFeed: Gay Marriage Reversal Means Cash For Obama: President Barack Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage carries a political cost, but it also means floods of cash from wealthy gay donors and disillusioned young people eager to be inspired by him again..This is beyond unifying — it’s electrifying,” said Eugene Sepulveda, a former top bundler who withdrew to take a non-political job early this year. “This man stands for right, despite the political consequences.” 

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