For several years, Barack Obama claimed he was opposed to gay marriage because of his religious faith. He belongs to a denomination that supports gay marriage, but no television host or reporter ever questioned him about this inconsistency. Now that political correspondents have learned more about Obama’s religion, he has stopped making this claim.
The entire concept of gay marriage is, of course, totally phony, though no candidate or politician dares to point this out. All marriages in this country are civil unions; there is no difference between the “civil union” of a gay couple and the “marriage” of a straight couple. Without the paperwork, a marriage is not legal, no matter how many priests are present at the wedding ceremony. Giving gay couples the right to marry is the same as giving them the right to have a “civil union,” but rather than make the obvious clear, politicians keep stepping around the non-issue. Under any system, a particular church has the right to refuse to perform a ceremony, but that is the only factor involved. Otherwise, there is no difference between two straight people going to City Hall for the paperwork, two gay people going to City Hall, two bisexual people going, etc.
But back to Obama…Having dropped the “religious faith” argument, he proceeded to present a pro-“civil union” plan as part of his platform. Of course, he did this while promoting gay-hating and gay “conversion” via Donnie McClurkin in South Carolina (compliments of some of that non-existent PAC money, of course). And at the same time, there has been little to no discussion of his 2004 statement, “I don’t think marriage is a civil right.” Even the interviewer in this debate let the statement go, but the statement is important because–if Obama believes that marriage is not a civil right–then he could not have supported his parents’ marriage had they met at a time when miscegenation was a felony in the U.S.
There could be more conflict, too, if man-of-the-hour Bill Richardson becomes more involved in the Obama campaign. In the 2007 presidential debate on Logo, Richardson stated that homosexuality is a choice. How enlightened is that? By the way, that is a belief Obama does not share–well, “in most cases,” he says (I would love to know who “chooses” lifelong oppression and abuse), and of course, most Americans do not care about gay rights, but the LGBT community needs to pay attention.