Barack Hussein Obama's Debased Godless Mindset
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
From generation to generation, ordinary Americans have led a proud and inexorable march toward freedom, fairness, and full equality under the law ‑‑ not just for some, but for all. Ours is a heritage forged by those who organized, agitated, and advocated for change; who wielded love stronger than hate and hope more powerful than insult or injury; who fought to build for themselves and their families a Nation where no one is a second-class citizen, no one is denied basic rights, and all of us are free to live and love as we see fit.
The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community has written a proud chapter in this fundamentally American story. From brave men and women who came out and spoke out, to union and faith leaders who rallied for equality, to activists and advocates who challenged unjust laws and marched on Washington, LGBT Americans and allies have achieved what once seemed inconceivable. This month, we reflect on their enduring legacy, celebrate the movement that has made progress possible, and recommit to securing the fullest blessings of freedom for all Americans.
Since I took office, my Administration has worked to broaden opportunity, advance equality, and level the playing field for LGBT people and communities. We have fought to secure justice for all under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and we have taken action to end housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. We expanded hospital visitation rights for LGBT patients and their loved ones, and under the Affordable Care Act, we ensured that insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage to someone just because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Because we understand that LGBT rights are human rights, we continue to engage with the international community in promoting and protecting the rights of LGBT persons around the world. Because we repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans can serve their country openly, honestly, and without fear of losing their jobs because of whom they love. And because we must treat others the way we want to be treated, I personally believe in marriage equality for same-sex couples.
More remains to be done to ensure every single American is treated equally, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Moving forward, my Administration will continue its work to advance the rights of LGBT Americans. This month, as we reflect on how far we have come and how far we have yet to go, let us recall that the progress we have made is built on the words and deeds of ordinary Americans. Let us pay tribute to those who came before us, and those who continue their work today; and let us rededicate ourselves to a task that is unending ‑‑ the pursuit of a Nation where all are equal, and all have the full and unfettered opportunity to pursue happiness and live openly and freely.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2012 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
Obama’s Battle for Ohio’s Atheist Vote
By Phil Zuckerman
October 17, 2012
U.S. President Barack Obama’s multiple references to Planned Parenthood in the second presidential debate showed how keen he is to sway female voters in swing states.
He may have emboldened another demographic in the process, without making an overt appeal. I’m talking about secular Americans. Compared with their religious peers, this bloc of Americans is much more inclined to support women’s rights and gender equality. And the number of nonbelieving Americans is rapidly increasing.
A study released last week by the Pew Research Center provides evidence of what many sociologists have observed: The proportion of Americans who say “none” when asked their religion is the highest recorded in such surveys.
The numbers are striking. In 1990, only 8 percent of Americans claimed to have no religion. Today, about 20 percent claim as much. More than one-third of American adults younger than 30 are now religiously unaffiliated, which means that among 20-somethings, secular Americans far outnumber evangelical Christians -- a big shift from 25 years ago.
The overwhelming majority of “nones” are content with their lack of religious involvement; 88 percent say they aren’t interested in or looking for a religion that might be right for them.
Most religiously unaffiliated Americans aren’t atheists or agnostics in orientation, yet a sizable proportion are -- somewhere from one-third to one-half. Thus, the rise of the “nones” simultaneously indicates an increase in atheism and agnosticism in America.
There are several noteworthy demographic patterns. Men are more likely to be secular than women, on average. Asian- Americans, Jews and non-Hispanic whites exhibit higher rates of nonbelief than Hispanic and black Americans. The nonreligious are most highly concentrated in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest -- Portland, Oregon, was recently designated the “least Christian” city in the U.S. by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies.
What is perhaps most politically significant when it comes to the rise of irreligiosity is the strong correlation in the U.S. between being nonreligious and being left-leaning politically. Of course, as Ayn Rand fans know, many secular Americans are conservative or libertarian. But most are not.
According to the Pew study, nonreligious Americans are about twice as likely as religious Americans to describe themselves as politically liberal, rather than conservative. And they are much more likely to vote Democratic; 63 percent of nonreligious Americans support the Democratic Party, with only 26 percent supporting Republicans.
In the 2008 presidential election, three-fourths of the nonreligious supported Obama, with only 23 percent supporting Republican Senator John McCain. A related study recently conducted by the Council for Secular Humanism found that rates of left-leaning political orientation are even higher among those Americans who affiliate themselves with secular groups. For example, among subscribers to the secular humanist magazine Free Inquiry, 75 percent label themselves as liberal, progressive or socialist, with only 7 percent self-labeling as moderate, and 3 percent as conservative.
Numerous additional studies reveal the contours of the secular-liberal connection: Nonreligious Americans, when compared with their religious peers, are more supportive of same-sex marriage and abortion rights, more interested in protecting the environment, and more supportive of creating paths to citizenship for illegal immigrants. They are less likely to support the death penalty.
Yes, you could have guessed this already. And why should political operatives care, since these voters are concentrated in uncontested blue states? As the microtargeting boom has demonstrated, small subsets of voters in swing districts and states matter, and if secularism is on the upswing, then those subsets might be growing too. It is unclear how strong a wind this is for the political left.
The rise of the “nonreligious” is partly a result of the decline of liberal Christianity. People who might have considered themselves mainline believers a generation or so ago don’t want to be associated with a belief system that they think has been hijacked by the religious right. The religious liberals have become nonreligious liberals.
Secular Americans aren’t an organized lot with a clear political agenda. Unlike religious voters whose convictions often determine their political choices, people are identified by the lack of something -- belief in God, faith in Jesus, interest in church. That doesn’t always translate into a predictable voting strategy.
In the swing state of Colorado, for example, secular women who favor abortion rights might not vote for Obama because other issues could be of greater concern to them, such as the economy.
While a few organizations, for example the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Humanist Association, provide support to the nonreligious, there is nothing on the secular left akin to the hundred-million-dollar media empires and multimillion-dollar PACs of the religious right. Thousands of state and national legislators don’t owe their jobs to secularists.
But if the rise of the “nones” keeps up the pace it is making now, who knows what will happen.
(Phil Zuckerman is a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. He is the author of “Faith No More” and “Society Without God.” The opinions expressed are his own.)
Is Barack Obama a Compulsive Liar?
By Steve McCann
October 1, 2012
Barack Obama has lied about the terrorist attack on the American Consulate in Libya for over 15 days, even going so far as to overtly imply that this attack was prompted by an obscure internet movie trailer in his speech at the United Nations two weeks after it was confirmed the White House knew it was an Al Qaeda sponsored attack. Additionally, during the current campaign the lies and obfuscations about Mitt Romney and the Republicans have been so fast and furious that it is nearly impossible to keep up with them.
The administration's reaction to what went on in Libya is not a surprise, as reliance on prevarications and the attendant dishonesty is part and parcel of Obama's normal behavior. There rarely has been a speech or an off the cuff comment since he entered the national stage that does not contain some deliberate or insinuated falsehood. This tendency is exemplified in his recent interview with Univision wherein Obama lied about why he never introduced immigration reform and when the ill-fated Fast and Furious program was raised, he began blaming the Republicans and George Bush respectively.
There is now a near universal mistrust of Obama among world leaders as well as many members of Congress who candidly admit they cannot deal with Barack Obama, as he has proven himself to be untrustworthy and unbelievable -- particularly as he refuses to accept any responsibility for the outcome of his actions and policies. The diminished status of the United States around the globe and the greatly eroded standard of living for the vast majority of Americans are testament to these character flaws.
At times even the most diehard of his sycophants in the mainstream media are forced to report on this disturbing trait in their hero. This past spring the Washington Post ran a lengthy front page article on Obama's machinations during the debt ceiling debate. The highlight of the piece: Barack Obama deliberately lied to the American people concerning the intransigence of the Republicans in the House of Representatives. It was an amazing admission for a pillar of the sycophantic mainstream media to write a story claiming that their hero lied. A further example of the media's awakening to the deceit and fabrications of the Obama administration is the recent reporting on the Libyan scandal which is actively pursuing the lies and cover-up.
However, there has been five years of outright lies and narcissism that have been largely ignored by the media, including some in the conservative press and political class who are loath to call Mr. Obama what he is in the bluntest of terms: a liar and a fraud. That he relies on his skin color to intimidate, either outright or by insinuation, those who oppose his agenda only adds to his audacity. It is apparent that he has gotten away with his character flaws his entire life, aided and abetted by the sycophants around him; thus he is who he is and cannot change.
In an earlier column I asked the question is Barack Obama a compulsive liar or a sociopath?
A sociopath is typically defined as someone who lies incessantly to get their way and does so with little concern for others. A sociopath is often goal-oriented (i.e., lying is focused--it is done to get one's way). Sociopaths have little regard or respect for the rights and feelings of others. Sociopaths are often charming and charismatic, but they use their talented social skills in manipulative and self-centered ways.
A compulsive liar:
A compulsive liar is defined as someone who lies out of habit. Lying is their normal and reflexive way of responding to questions. Compulsive liars bend the truth about everything, large and small. For a compulsive liar, telling the truth is very awkward and uncomfortable while lying feels right. Compulsive lying is usually developed in early childhood, due to being placed in an environment where lying was necessary.
While Barack Obama exhibits traits from both categories, it is becoming increasingly clear that he is primarily a compulsive liar. How else to explain the lies and obfuscations that so easily come forth regardless of whom he may be talking to or the subject matter. His sociopathic skills come to the fore in his ability to manipulate others to join him in his these prevarications, or to exploit the celebrity culture that has overwhelmed a deliberately ill-educated American society.
In the United States there is great deference paid to the occupant of the White House. Justifiably so, as that person is the chief operating officer of the country, but more importantly he or she is the head of state representing the nation around the globe. The President's actions and demeanor set the tone for not only the political class but the country as a whole. Over the centuries there have been many exceptional but also a few inept men to hold the office of President.
Today so much power is vested in the Office of President that honor and integrity must be a hallmark of a president's character. It is not with Barack Obama; he is perhaps the most dishonest and disingenuous occupant of the oval office in history, and has the potential to do more long-term damage to the United States than all his predecessor combined.
His failings can no longer be excused by this historical deference or timidity fostered by race with the euphemisms of spin or politics as usual being used to avoid the truth. It is extraordinarily difficult to run against someone such as Barack Obama -- a stranger to truth and integrity willing to do anything to win -- but Mitt Romney must do so by candidly admitting who he is dealing with.
While the future of the country depends on dramatically altering the economic and governing landscape, it cannot do so unless the opposition politicians and average citizens recognize and forcefully challenge the lies and machinations of Barack Obama and his allies without fear of what may be said about them or to them by either the Obama machine or their sycophants in the media.
Book reveals Obama
Friday, July 6, 2012
Editor: "Dreams From My Father" is Barack Obama's biography of past and present beliefs, finished in 2004. This book can be found in any library and should be read to know who our true president is today.
Obama stated that he attended many socialist conferences as he went to college in New York on page 122. Obama has honored many socialists while being president. Does Obama want America to become a socialist nation? Obama states that he and his family's (forefathers) are of the Islamic faith in this book many times. Obama states that he supports Malcolm X's teachings … on page 86. This book was completed in 2004, and Obama became president in 2008.
Obama states that his best friends were Marxist professors on page 100. Does Obama support Marxism today? Economists say Obamacare is an action of socialism and Marxism. Who is the true Obama today?
Obama states that he did a lot of drinking and used different types of illegal drugs in the past on pages 93 and 94. The media hides Obama's words but constantly attacks (Mitt) Romney for his past. Does Obama still use drugs today, because Obama has tried to pass laws legalizing illegal drugs in America? Republicans are attacked for their past, but Democrats' past stays silent. I believe the past of Obama should be known by everyone before the 2012 elections.
stated in this book that he was against homosexuality and called
Christians zealots. Obama now supports same-sex marriage today. This
would be called a flip-flop if Obama was a Republican, but media states
Obama just evolved to better knowledge. Why the double standard?
Obama speaks of a hatred for white people in his book and this hatred for anyone means that Obama isn't the Christian he claims to be. God states you can't hate anyone and enter into heaven. Obama shows himself to be a racist. Obama speaks of being a bully to several youths in school, but this information isn't spoken of by our media as they attack Romney for past bullying.
Obama spoke of getting elected into the African National Congress by having two white boys drag him off the stage to dramatize the situation on page 105. If Obama would do this to be elected, what actions and lies would Obama tell to be re-elected?
America become another China that only allows one child to be born unto
each family? Planned Parenthood endorsed Obama, but recently supported
aborting any child due their gender. Obama, Democrats and our media
said nothing against gender-selected abortions. Does Obama dream of
better ways to spend, destroy and torment America?
Black pastors withhold support for President Obama over same-sex marriage
Published July 06, 2012
A coalition of black pastors is calling on other black pastors nationwide to withhold support for President Obama, demanding that the administration reverse its stance on same-sex marriage.
“By embracing gay marriage, President Obama is leading the country down an immoral path,” said Rev. William Owens, president of the 1,300-member Coalition of African-American Pastors. “The Black Church has always been the conscience of America, and today we are calling on black pastors and black Christians to withhold support from President Obama until he corrects course.”
CAAP officials, in a letter to Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss the issue, said they “pray” for Obama.
“President Obama is the fulfillment of our dream for our sons — and he has broken our hearts by using his power and position to endorse as a civil right something that is simply wrong,” the letter read. “Some things are bigger than the next election.”
The group, which has created a petition on the issue, also called on the African Methodist Episcopal Church to denounce the president's actions.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the AME Church has condemned as false an online report claiming the denomination had already withdrawn support for Obama over his stance on same-sex marriage.
In a statement released Monday, Bishop Samuel Green Sr., president of the Council of Bishops, said the denomination does not endorse candidates for political office. Green also said the denomination is not affiliated with CAAP. The erroneous report was published on Christian news website charismanews.com. On Tuesday, it appeared to have been taken down.
Obama was a featured speaker at the AME Church's 2008 general conference. He was a senator at the time. Last week, Michelle Obama addressed the 2012 conference in Nashville, receiving a standing ovation and enthusiastic cheers from a crowd of about 10,000. After the speech, several attendees said they were not bothered by Obama's recent expression of support for same-sex marriage, although they believe homosexuality is a sin.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Obama Is Wrong on Gay Marriage
Friday, 08 Jun 2012 11:28 AM
By Pat Boone
was likely the most stunning magazine cover in American history.
Newsweek, with new ownership and editorship, trying desperately to
regain former readership and relevance, portrayed President Barack
Obama looking upward with a determined, purposeful expression . . .
with a shining, ethereal, rainbow-hued halo hovering over his head.
And in bold letters, the picture and cover story bore the title,
'The First Gay President."
Yes, the President of the United States, the presumed leader of the free world . . . gay.
Of course, the incredulous reader would discover that the president didn’t pronounce himself a homosexual. That title was conferred on him by the magazine and the cover story writer, Andrew Sullivan, who is proudly homosexual.
But the intent of Newsweek and Sullivan — in no way disclaimed by Obama — was to identify the American president totally with, and 100 percent supportive of, the homosexual community and its determination to be “normalized” in American culture.
This was in contradiction to Obama’s earlier statements in which he declared his belief in marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman. That was when he was campaigning for the presidency.
But now he is campaigning for re-election, suffering in the polls because of the economy and many other factors, and Sullivan surmised that championing “gay marriage” would “fire up” the youth vote. So our president declared his “thinking had evolved,” and that his new view underscored his commitment to “equality.”
Sullivan said further, “Obama advanced his key strategy to winning in the fall: to make this a choice election. If it is a ‘choice’ election (a choice about the institution of marriage), he wins. If it is a referendum on the last four years of economic crisis, he could lose.” And as Sullivan added, “the choice could not have been starker.”
It is the president, not the Congress, not the electorate, not the tea party, or any “special interest” group who has drawn a line in the sand. He is motivated by purely partisan political ambition. He, and he alone, has given the American people the starkest and clearest choice ever in American politics this November.
It’s not about homosexuality alone, or marriage, or his “evolving” thought.
The real dividing line — the line drawn in the sand — is who, and what, will govern the American people. Will it be the people ourselves, by majority rule as foreseen by our founding fathers — or will it be a temporary leader, unelected judges, and willful, heavily funded lobbying groups?
Even more precisely, will we continue to be “One nation Under God” or a drastically divided society under humanism, secularism and “evolving” thought?
Consider, on just this issue of the definition of marriage. In every state where the people have voted, expressing their will, the verdict has always been to uphold marriage as between a man and a woman.
The issue is not antipathy toward homosexuals; it is not about the morality involved; it is whether or not this sacred God-ordained covenant will continue to be defined — as it always has been since the human race came into being — as the union of a man and a woman.
Interestingly, not one of the proponents of same-sex marriage — not a single one, ever — is other than the product of a man and a woman. That was the plan, from the beginning, and there will be no other way to propagate the human race.
When this issue was being debated in Washington, just before Congress voted on the Marriage Amendment, a dear black minister made this observation: “Water is H20. That’s two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen.
"You may decide to combine two parts oxygen and one part hydrogen—but then you get hydrogen peroxide, not water. Water is made only one way, and messing with that creates something very different.”
Mr. Obama has drawn his line right down the middle of the black church, presuming he could bring them along into his evolutionary thought. He’s wrong.
All the big black church groups, though they love Obama, cannot endorse abortion or homosexuality…because they know their Bible. So he has put them in the position of choosing him…or God. That’s a losing proposition.
Bishop Clarence McClendon, in South Central L.A., pastor of a large, vital, multiracial church, was compelled to preach on this painful choice right after the Newsweek cover appeared:
“Truth does not change because of cultural change (if this is the perspective of a practicing Christian, then he needs to stop practicing).
This is not a civil rights issue . . . this is an issue of “equalization,” of making homosexuality “normal” in the culture. We respect your right to do it, but we will not call it normal, when the Word of God calls it an abomination. Marriage makes it normal in the culture and homosexual marriage is not normal.
We can, and do, love every human being, but we are not to compromise our beliefs or the standard of God’s Word.” And the Bishop went on to say,” Sin is sin, no matter who does it. The sin of a believer or an unbeliever is still sin. There are no levels of sin, and we make no distinctions. The Bible says ‘All have sinned and fallen short’ Romans 3:23
This brave minister echoes the words of John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church: “Vice does not lose its character by becoming fashionable.” And “what one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.” That’s “evolution” of thought. Wesley also said, “My ground is the Bible. Yea, I am a Bible-bigot. I follow it in all things, both great and small.”
I fear our cries for “tolerance” are leading us away from God’s will . . . and blessing.
And that’s where Barack Obama, the “first gay president,” has brought us.
Pat Boone's public career spans a half-century, during which he has been a top-selling recording artist, the star of a hit television series, a movie star, a Broadway headliner, and a best-selling author. He is also a great-great-grandson of the legendary pioneer Daniel Boone.
Obama Sees Rise in LGBT Fundraising But Small Donors Stay on Sideline
By Paul Stanley
Christian Post Reporter
June 7, 2012
While many previous donors to President Obama's campaign are choosing to sit on their wallets this time around over a faltering economy and lingering war in Afghanistan, the president has found newly motivated donors within the homosexual community.
Since publicly announcing his support for same-sex marriage in May, several celebrities who are gay or support gay marriage have forked over large sums of money for Obama's reelection efforts.
While Obama has always received substantial support within the LGBT community in recent weeks, their support was seen as lukewarm during the president's first campaign when he said marriage was "a union between a man and a woman." Now that Obama has "evolved" and publicly embraced same-sex marriage, the motivation within the gay community has skyrocketed.
A fundraiser in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, attended mainly by gay activists and supporters including Ellen DeGeneres and Cher, raised over $5 million for Obama and the Democratic Party. Recent fundraising reports released on Thursday show that the Obama campaign raised over $60 million during the month of May.
a glowing endorsement of Obama's support for homosexual issues, he
received a standing ovation during the Los Angeles event from the 600
in attendance when he confirmed his commitment to refuse to reinstate
the military's ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military.
"That is not something I will tolerate," Obama told the audience.
But gay supporters and their allies aren't just giving money; they are also raising it from other friends and supporters.
Donors are required by law to provide their name, address and occupation, but sexual orientation is not required and therefore more difficult to measure. However, many of the supporters who gather and raise larger sums of money, known as "bundlers," are increasingly identified as homosexual and their contribution to the Obama campaign has been significant.
An analysis by several news sources such as The Washington Post and CNN estimates that anywhere from one in six "bundlers" are homosexual and their combined contributions have exceeded $8 million during this fundraising cycle.
Homosexual activists such as Fred Eychaner of Chicago have contributed over $1.2 million to Obama and super PACs that support him. Software entrepreneurs Tim Gill of Colorado, along with his partner Scott Miller, have donated in excess of $600,000 to Obama.
But outside of the gay and Hollywood glamour circuit, Obama is struggling to attract many of the more blue-collar, working class contributors he attracted during his first campaign.
In 2008, Obama had more than 550,000 donors who contributed $200 or more to his campaign, giving him the longest fundraising list of any politician. But a recent analysis of campaign finance records by BuzzFeed shows that 88 percent of those same 550,000, have yet to contribute for the 2012 election cycle.
According to interviews conducted among many of Obama's former contributions, a lack of enthusiasm based on the president's inability to end the recent economic recession, combined with the fact that Obamacare doesn't go far enough in meeting the needs of the middle class are primary reasons why fundraising has suffered.
"Where is the change I can believe in?" Lisa Pike, a small business owner in Virginia, asked BuzzFeed. "I wish he was the socialist they accused him of being. I wish we had the tons of change that would justify the right freaking out … but I'm disappointed that he's not the change-agent I had hoped for."
Obama campaign spokesperson Katie Hogan disputed the analysis, saying that 98 percent of donors have given less than $200 and that the campaign is ahead of its 2008 one at this point.
Nonetheless, President Obama and his team still have work to do in order to convince some of his most ardent supporters to get back on their donor list.
the thing is we want more," noted Kirsten Leitzinger, saying that
Obama's performance over the past three years has left her
Newsweek cover declares Obama 'the first gay president'
By Morgan Little
Los Angeles Times
May 14, 2012
Newsweek, which has recently become a conduit for controversy with its cover art choices, drew more attention with the debut of its latest issue declaring President Obama to be “the first gay president.”
The cover, featuring Obama anointed with a rainbow halo above his head, made its arrival on newsstands Monday and comes in the wake of Obama’s declaration last week that he is personally in favor of gay marriage.
The cover article, by prominent Newsweek political writer and outspoken gay community member Andrew Sullivan, delves into Obama’s past and asserts that given his background, his declaration of support for gay marriage should come as no surprise. Drawing parallels between the sense of isolation felt by many growing into accepting their homosexuality and Obama’s struggle to assert his own racial identity in his early years, Sullivan wholeheartedly celebrates Obama’s decision.
“Like many others, I braced myself for disappointment,” Sullivan writes. “And yet when I watched the interview, the tears came flooding down. The moment reminded me of my own wedding day. I had figured it out in my head, but not my heart. And I was utterly unprepared for how psychologically transformative the moment would be. To have the president of the United States affirm my humanity — and the humanity of all gay Americans — was, unexpectedly, a watershed.”
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, when asked if Obama had any thoughts about the cover Monday, said “I don’t know if he’s seen it and I haven’t spoken to him about it.”
Sullivan, it should be noted, was also one of the first voices within the media calling for gay marriage, with his prominent 1989 cover story in the New Republic, “The Case for Gay Marriage.”
“It's one of the richest ironies of our society's blind spot toward gays that essentially conservative social goals should have the appearance of being so radical,” Sullivan wrote back in 1989. “But gay marriage is not a radical step. It avoids the mess of domestic partnership; it is humane; it is conservative in the best sense of the word. It's also about relationships. Given that gay relationships will always exist, what possible social goal is advanced by framing the law to encourage those relationships to be unfaithful, undeveloped, and insecure?”
Obama’s declaration comes alongside a turning point for gay marriage in the court of public opinion, with a recent Gallup poll finding that, for the first time in the poll's history, a majority of Americans support the legalization of gay marriage, 53% to 45%. But, one-fourth of Americans still say that Obama’s support for gay marriage will make them less likely to vote for him in November, while 13% say they’re now more likely to vote in his favor. Obama will also be using his declaration as a means to bolster his fund-raising, as reported earlier by The Times.
The president will be taping an appearance on ABC’s “The View” Monday, to be aired Tuesday, in which he is expected to speak further on his support for gay marriage.
Obama Proclaims June LGBT Pride Month
By Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
June 2, 2012
President Barack Obama called on Americans to celebrate evolving attitudes toward the homosexual community as he proclaimed June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.
"This June, let's take some time to celebrate teachers and students who take a stand against bullying, openly gay and lesbian service members, ... families and friends who have seen their own attitudes evolve," he urged.
Obama made the proclamation Friday and expressed again his evolved personal belief in "marriage equality for same-sex couples" "because we must treat others the way we want to be treated."
He cited the Golden Rule when he first revealed on May 9 that he now believes gay and lesbian couples should be able to get married.
Pointing to his and his wife Michelle's Christian faith, he told ABC News at the time, "[W]hen we think about our faith the thing at root that we think about is not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf but it's also the golden rule – treat others the way you'd want to be treated."
His proclamation for LGBT Pride Month comes just after a group of African-American pastors requested a meeting with Obama to discuss their concerns over his "endorsement of gay marriage as a civil right."
The Coalition of African American Pastors says they're disappointed and heart-broken over the president's new stance.
Obama has declared June as LGBT Pride Month every year since taking office in 2009. Considered the most pro-gay president in history, Obama has repealed the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in the military to allow gays to serve openly, stopped defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court, and after many years of "evolving" expressed support for same-sex marriage, among other things.
"I've often said that the true genius of America is that America can change. We can pass laws to right wrongs; we can soften hardened attitudes," he said in a video posted Friday on the White House website.
Celebrating "unsung heroes" in the LGBT movement, Obama stated, "Bit by bit, step by step they bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice. Now it's our turn."
The president vowed to continue to "advance the rights of LGBT Americans" and called on Americans to "eliminate prejudice" and "celebrate the great diversity of the American people."
According to a USA Today/Gallup poll
released last month, 26 percent of Americans are less likely to vote
for Obama this November over his support of gay marriage; only 13
percent are more likely to vote for him.