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What Is Barack Obama's Issue on Gay Marriage?

Would You Like to See Obama Take on Social Issues?

Gay couples have a lot of influential supporters in Hollywood, but the most powerful man in the country has come up short. This week's ruling that California's gay marriage ban violates the constitution highlights the fact that Obama does not personally support gay marriage (although he also didn't support Prop 8), and has yet to bring big victories on other issues like don't ask, don't tell.

Since becoming president, Obama has declined to take on other divisive "culture war" issues like abortion, race, and guns. To cut him a little slack, he's understandably busy with two wars and the economy, and you could characterize healthcare as a social justice issue. But would you still like to see more?

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snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
when the nation is 50-50 ob gay marriage and abortion, he can't win either way. but ideally i'd like for him to do as he said in a debate with mccain and reduce abortion through birth control access and more support for single moms and low income moms or families. whether its working with charities or govt sponsored. (i guess that is socialism) although these support options have not resulted in a low abortion rate in canada, keep in mind abortion is also free up here and there's no red tape around it whatsoever~~
WarEagleNurse WarEagleNurse 7 years
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
SKG, I totally see your point, but I think the political environment is different. Bush had the benefit of 9/11 happening at the beginning of his term. Everyone had a "we must support our President" mentality, and it seemed like those who would typically be moderate leaned more conservative. Meanwhile, Obama began his presidency at a time when the general public is angry with the government due to the financial meltdown, and I think he has much more of an uphill battle.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I agree, stephley. Ideally, would I have liked to see more positive changes on social issues? Yes. But look at how long it took just to get the health care bill passed. And then as soon as that was over with, there was the oil spill. Add a war and the unstable economy on top of that and, realistically, I don't think doing much more would be feasible.
stephley stephley 7 years
It's been two miserably hard, miserably devisive years - many of the divisions are deeper than they have been in decades. I'd rather have us slog through our differences to real solutions than have one president swing the country hard left, the next swing it back to the far right.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I have to disagree about Obama making many of the same decisions as a moderate conservative would. The conservative would have nominated conservative judges, who might have overturned RVW. Pro-life as I am, that would have been a disaster. The conservative probably wouldn't have passes additional stimulus bills, or pushed for Wall Street reform. The conservative would have let our economy laissez-faire itself further into recession. There probably wouldn't have been health care reform, DADT wouldn't have be challenged, immigration would be Arizona-uglier than it is now. Though I agree totally about Bush and his red-meat politics. Obama is trying to do good by this country, I think his problem is he over-estimates the general American public's ability to understand the logistics behind what they're expecting of him. I remember during his campaign, he said something along the lines of, it won't be easy and it will take a very long time to dig this country out of the hole it's in, but we can do it. Too many people ignore the 'won't be easy/take a long time' part and focus on the 'dig this country out' part.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
I agree with Betty. People expect him to fix everything overnight. It's not going to happen.
stephley stephley 7 years
I agree with Betty - there's no magic wand and the country is deeply divided on social issues and one side brags that it will remain the party of 'no' unless it gets what it wants. Obama has kept the country from sliding into the economic abyss we were headed into at the end of 2008; he has won the most serious health care and financial reforms seen in this country in decades; he signed legislation protecting women against pay discrimination; he's worked to make education more affordable and to improve our miserably neglected schools. What do you expect Obama to do unilaterally on abortion? Or guns? He's been president for two years, dealing with one of our worst ever economic crises - it took a lot of time & effort to create the mess we're in, it's going to take longer than two years to fix it.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I would like to point out, Obama can't just wave his magic wand and do away with DADT, anyone who thinks he doesn't care about that issue hasn't been keeping up with news well. And I'm not sure what you expect him to do about abortion, he's been nominating liberals to the supreme court. I don't think any abortion bills have come up but I doubt he would veto them. Do you want the govt to give a party hat to every woman after she gets an abortion? A balloon, maybe? Anyway, I actually voted no, I think he should but at the same time, he does have the wars and the economy. I have a lot of respect for him and faith in him, but the right is really holding him back. Though I am pretty mad about immigration in general... which I guess is part social issue and part foreign policy.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
I'm not going to lie, I'm a little disappointed by Obama's neglect toward social issues. He promised many things but hasn't delivered. He hasn't even tried. He promised an immigration reform by the first year of his presidency but hasn't even putted on the table, Bush even did more to promote an immigration reform than he did. I did heard that he didn't support gay marriage, but hasn't done anything to change their condition in this country . The only thing that he has done is support women's right to choose and a few thing right and there, but has neglected important issues.
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