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Michelle Obama Does Not Support Gay Marriage

Michelle Obama Denies She's a Public Supporter of Gay Marriage

Michelle Obama does not publicly support gay marriage, in case you were confused. After former New Jersey governor and now openly gay Democrat Jim McGreevey said he wished Barack would "listen to Michelle more often" on gay marriage, the first lady's office issued a clarification that "Mrs. Obama has never made any public statements about same-sex marriage."

Considering Michelle's popularity and the rise in pressure to legalize gay marriage across the country following New York's decision to pass gay marriage, maybe Michelle would be the perfect person to test out the political fallout President Obama might face for backing gay marriage. We already know that liberal supporters of the president are frustrated that he won't lend his support, so maybe it would actually help him win some votes.

Last week, Michelle Obama offered decent dating advice to her daughters and all young people: find someone who makes you better. Since she's already talking love from time to time, do you think she'd be wise to lend her support to marriage equality, too?

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stephley stephley 6 years
They also clarified that Michelle Obama hasn't discussed the issue with McGreevey. Politics is the ‘only thing holding back’ making sure poor children in this country are fed, educated and get medical care. That we all should have clean water can’t be considered a given these days. Politics is a serious obstacle/weapon these days and if you pick a big ideological fight, you better be absolutely certain you are going to win or be ready to lose everything. How much room is there to compromise on marriage equality? I would consider ending up civil unions a serious loss.
Annie-Gabillet Annie-Gabillet 6 years
I see what you're saying, @Stephley. Maybe, as Danny suggested, in his lame-duck term (if he has one) Obama will use the pulpit of the presidency to fight for equal marriage rights, if politics is the only thing holding him back now. @bluesarahlous, this post is about how Michelle Obama is not a public supporter of gay marriage. McGreevey made it seem like she has expressed support, but her people clarified that she has never supported it.
stephley stephley 6 years
It’d be unusual, and likely not at all helpful in this political climate, for Mrs. Obama to go beyond her husband’s position. As much as I'd like to see gay marriage legal everywhere, I don't see much point in Obama trying to shove anything down opponents' throats - that just lands everything in court for years.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 6 years
Ha....funny....the web address states she does, the title in the tab says she doesn't. So which is it? Oh wait, we don't know, because she hasn't made a public statement one way or the other.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 6 years
I'm just curious where Annie found the evidence to conclude that the First Lady does not support gay marriage, as the web address states.
Danny-Feekes Danny-Feekes 6 years
She should have used this opportunity TO say something —whether for or against — rather than just skirting the issue. The Obama administration has been so timid in this arena, but I have a feeling, or, shall I say, I have hope that they'll be more gay-friendly in the next term.
stephley stephley 6 years
First effort flagged dang it! She has said she supports her husband's position on reverseing discriminatory DOMA - which doesn't sound like blanket Doesn't Support Gay Marriage to me.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 6 years
Michelle Obama does not support gay marriage, in case you were confused. Uh....where does it say that? She hasn't made a public statement about same sex marriage. That doesn't mean she's against it, or for it for that matter.
stephley stephley 6 years
You’re putting words in Michelle Obama’s mouth. Her office says “Mrs. Obama has never made any public statements about same-sex marriage,” and that she and the guy who says the President should listen to Michelle on the issue have never met or discussed gay marriage. There’s no way that can reasonably be interpreted as Michelle Obama does not support gay marriage. The Politico article says: “Michelle Obama has only gone so far as to share her husband’s views on gay rights issues. “Barack believes that we must fight for the world as it should be, a world where together we work to reverse discriminatory laws like DOMA and ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’” she said at a 2008 fundraiser. “The world as it is should be one that rejects discrimination of all kinds.”” If Michelle Obama shares the view that DOMA is discriminatory, and DOMA says marriage is only between a man and a woman, interpreting her comment as Does Not Support Gay Marriage doesn’t make any sense.
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