The biggest question here is – who the hell gives a flying fig?
Via ABC News:
President Obama today announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president.In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process as an “evolution” that led him to this decision, based on conversations with his staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and his wife and daughters.“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together; when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told Roberts in an interview to appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday.
And for those who argue that this is an historic announcement – get a grip on yourself. Same-sex marriage is not a civil right, it is a manufactured controversy. It is not akin to the civil rights movement for blacks, or the civil rights movement for women. It is not an Arab Spring.
It is a non-issue.
Update: The Panderer-In-Chief is already soliciting campaign donations for his newly found … um … love affair, with gay marriage.
Via Weasel Zippers:
Today, I was asked a direct question and gave a direct answer:
I believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
I hope you’ll take a moment to watch the conversation, consider it, and weigh in yourself on behalf of marriage equality:
So I decided it was time to affirm my personal belief that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
I respect the beliefs of others, and the right of religious institutions to act in accordance with their own doctrines. But I believe that in the eyes of the law, all Americans should be treated equally. And where states enact same-sex marriage, no federal act should invalidate them.
If you agree, you can stand up with me here. [goes to campaign fundraising page]
This is such a low-level calculated move to get votes, that I would almost think it beneath even Obama to stoop this far.
Incidentally, now that Obama is an advocate for states rights, he’ll be dropping lawsuits against those who are trying to secure their own borders right?
As Gateway Pundit says, it’s an Obama world now…
From a site called – I kid you not – Unicorn Booty:
Nicole Jodice’s sweet, sweet boo raises a gay pride flag above a U.S. military base while stationed in Afghanistan. Not a hoax! Not a photoshop illusion. Nicole assures us this is the real deal, baby!
A bottomless well of gratitude and admiration to not only the LGBT members of the military across the globe, but the incredible straight allies that literally wave the flag for equality wherever they go. We’re absolutely humbled and inspired by your support. Thank you!
Equality doesn’t appear to go both ways however.
In November, Politico reported that a Christian cross had been removed from an army chapel…
A large cross that had been prominently displayed outside a chapel on an isolated military base in northern Afghanistan was taken down last week, prompting outrage from some American service members stationed there.
“We are here away from our families, and the chapel is the one place that feels like home,” a service member at Camp Marmal told POLITICO. “With the cross on the outside, it is a constant reminder for all of us that Jesus is here for us.”
“Not having it there is really upsetting,” added another. “I walk by the chapel daily on the way to chow and the gym, and seeing the cross is a daily reminder of my faith and what Jesus accomplished for me. It is daily inspiration and motivation for me to acknowledge my faith and stay on the right path.”
Camp Marmal is a German base that hosts NATO forces. The interfaith chapel in question is supervised by the U.S. Army.
The soldiers said they found great comfort in the chapel —and the cross visible outside. “Sometimes the Church and the ability to openly express religious views ultimately gets people through the deployments over here,” one told POLITICO by email.
You can openly express sexual views in the army, but religious views are apparently too controversial.
Now it’s Christians who have to live their lives in a closet.