By: Jeffrey Klein
Political Buzz Examiner
Yesterday afternoon at around 3:03pm ET, Abbey bells around the country began to ring upon hearing the ‘historic’ news being delivered by President Barack Obama, during his hastily-organized, emergency TV interview with ABC News reporter Robin Roberts.
For the sake of brevity the primary threads of the transcript have been captured, for the sake of clarity and to correct for [sic] errors, sentence structure aids have been [inserted], and for the sake of continuity and timeliness my comments have been included in linear fashion; with the unabridged transcript available via the link above.
RR: “So Mr. President, are you still opposed to same-sex marriage?”
BO: … “I’ve just concluded that…for me personally … I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.
Now…I have to tell you that … I didn’t want to nationalize the issue.
There’s a tendency when I weigh in … it becomes political and … polarized.
I think states [are] working through this issue…in fits and starts, all across the country.”
RR: “Well, Mr. President, it’s– it’s not being worked out on the state level–we saw that Tuesday in North Carolina–the 30th state to announce its ban on gay marriage.”
JK: Ms. Roberts huffing and puffing obviously indicates that she believes “worked out” means “nationalizing” the issue for it to be legalized in all 50 states–with the usual, pompous Liberal opposition to the majority will of the people.
In this case the 60 percent of the states who have already duly voted to provide “ironclad” constitutional protection against “gay marriage” in their states.
BO: “I think it’s important to recognize that…folks…who…feel very strongly that marriage should be defined narrowly as…between a man and a woman…a bunch of ’em are friends of mine…you know, pastors and…you know, people who…I deeply respect.”
RR: “Especially in the Black community.”
JK: Both the Black and Hispanic communities are staunchly Christian and biblical scripture specifically outlaws homosexuality (Lev. 18:22 NIV).
Obama’s decision caused a lot of heartburn for his “spiritual advisor” too.
Rev. Joel Hunter, the evangelical pastor of the 15,000 member Northland church in Longwood, Florida, says he’s disappointed in the president’s decision to endorse same-sex marriage, even though he gave him a quick heads up phone call to tell him what he had decided, according to a FOXNews article updated today.
“He knew where I stood, because I’m an evangelical and I believe in what the scripture says. One of the reasons he was calling was to protect our relationship and give me a ‘heads up’ on an interview he had just done,” Hunter said.
“It wasn’t something we were able to talk through–or I would have talked him out of it.”
RR: “So if you were … [a] legislator in North Carolina … would you vote for legalizing same-sex marriage?”
BO: “I would.”
RR: “But as president of the United States … can you ask your Justice Department to join in the litigation in fighting states that are banning same-sex marriage?”
BO: “My Justice Department has already…said that it is not gonna defend…the Defense Against Marriage Act…that we consider … a violation of [the] equal protection clause.
I’ve got an opponent … on the other side in the upcoming presidential election, who wants to re-federalize the issue and…institute a constitutional amendment…that would prohibit gay marriage.
I think it is a mistake to…try to make what has traditionally been a state issue into a national issue.”
RR: “…you bring up Mitt Romney … you and others in your administration have been critical of him changing positions–feeling that he’s doing it for political gain.
You realize … some people … are going to be saying the same with you about this.
When you are not [sic] [before you were] president, you were for gay marriage.
Then 2007, you changed your position [and were against gay marriage].
A couple years ago [since being inaugurated], you said you were [have been] “evolving” [your position on gay marriage].
… do you see where some people might consider that the same thing–being politics?”
BO: “Well, if you…if you look at my trajectory here, I’ve always been strongly in favor of civil unions. I think it’d be hard to argue that somehow this is– something that I’d be doin’ for political advantage.”
According to Stanley Kurtz February 28, 2011 article in Ricochet, about a week before Obama’s inauguration, the Windy City Times (“the voice of Chicago’s gay, lesbian, bi and trans community”) revealed that on February 15, 1996, in the midst of his first campaign for the Illinois State Senate, Obama told a local gay paper, in answer to a questionnaire: “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.”
Kurtz also said he was in possession of an interview Obama gave to Windy City Times in 2004, when he was running for US Senate, in which he explicitly frames his new-found opposition to same-sex marriage as a strategic move, rather than a matter of principle.
By the time Obama published The Audacity of Hope in 2006, his support for gay marriage and open talk of strategic positioning were both suppressed. Obama even says in Audacity that his opposition to gay marriage may be due to his “infection” with society’s prejudices, so he pledges to remain open to “new revelations” on the issue.
Obama maintained steadfast opposition to gay marriage throughout his 2007-08 presidential run–until he reverted into his theological “evolutionary” phase after inauguration in 2009.
President Barack Obama freely admits that in one way or another he has treated his stance on gay marriage like his now infamous American flag lapel pin–he wore, or didn’t wear it–depending upon the political “season” at the time.
Tomorrow night Barack Obama is attending a sold-out $40,000 per plate dinner at George Clooney’s home in Los Angeles, which will be filled with the most high-profile backers of gay marriage, and he figured that for $15 million it was high time to bring his rainbow lapel pin out of the closet.