Obama’s Flip-Flop On Same-Sex Marriage: ‘As A Christian Man, I Believe Marriage Is Between A Man And A Woman’ [Video]


Barack Hussein Obama: “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.” He went on to say “for me as a Christian, [marriage] is a sacred union.”


Obama referred to same-sex marriages as unstrategic, and said it was against his religious beliefs, and something that should be in the hands of churches rather than government.

Here is a time line of Obama’s flip-flop stance on same sex marriages:

1996 – SUPPORTS MARRIAGE EQUALITY: Then Illinois Senate candidate Obama submitted a survey to a newspaper called Outlines saying, “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.” (Read the documents here.)

1998 – UNDECIDED ON MARRIAGE: In a political questionnaire, when asked if the “Illinois government should recognize same-sex marriages,” Obama’s response was “Undecided.”

2004 – LESS CONCERNED ABOUT ‘MARRIAGE’: In an interview with the Windy City Times, Obama avoided the issue of marriage, saying “I think we can get civil unions passed. […] I’m less concerned about the name.”

2006–2007 – SUPPORTS CIVIL UNIONS: Obama repeatedly separated his support for secular civil unions from recognizing religious definitions of marriage. In his 2006 bestseller The Audacity of Hope, he supported “a special place for the union of a man and a woman” (pp. 222-223) in society.  During a 2007 CNN debate, he said he supports equal rights, but “it’s up to the individual denominations to make a decision” on marriage, a sentiment he echoed at the HRC/logo gay issues debate (PDF).

2008 (February) – SUPPORTS DOMA REPEAL: In a campaign “Open Letter to the LGBT Community,” Obama wrote, “I support the complete repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act…I believe we should get rid of that statute altogether.”

2008 (August) – OPPOSES MARRIAGE: In an interview with Rick Warren at the Saddleback Church, Obama defined marriage by saying, “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian…it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.” Even though Obama still supported civil unions at this point, his statements drew a bold line between opposite-sex couples and same-sex couples.

2009 – SUPPORTS CIVIL UNIONS: In his 2009 Pride Month Proclamation, President Obama reiterated his administration’s support for “civil unions and Federal rights for LGBT couples.”

2010 (May) – SUPPORTS DOMA REPEAL: In his 2010 Pride Month Proclamation, he went further, revisiting his “Open Letter” promises by suggesting “we must give committed gay couples the same rights and responsibilities afforded to any married couple, and repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.” This statement implied a recognition that there are, in fact, married same-sex couples. By this point in time, same-sex marriage was legal in Iowa, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

2010 (October) – EVOLVING ON MARRIAGE: It was during an interview with AMERICAblog’s Joe Sudbay that the President began “evolving” on the issue. He admitted, “I have been to this point unwilling to sign on to same-sex marriage,” but added that “I think that it is an issue that I wrestle with” and “I think it’s fair to say that it’s something that I think a lot about.”

2011 (February) – GRAPPLING WITH MARRIAGE: Though the decision to no longer defend DOMA was a big step toward marriage equality, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that Obama was still “grappling” with his personal views on the issue.

2011 (May) – NO MENTION OF COUPLES: Unlike in the previous two years, the White House’s 2011 Pride Month Proclamation notably omitted any mention of recognizing same-sex relationships, through civil unions or otherwise.

2011 (June 17) OPPOSED MARRIAGE IN 1996?: White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer told Netroots Nation that the president was not the one who filled out the pro-marriage equality questionnaire in 1996 (i.e. it was fake, though it had Obama’s signature). The White House distanced itself from Pfeiffer’s remarks, telling Metro Weekly, “Dan was not familiar with the history of the questionnaire that was brought up today.”

2011 (June 19) YES HE SIGNED IT, NO HE DIDN’T SUPPORT MARRIAGE: According to the New York Times, Pfeiffer was “mistaken.” Obama did fill out the 1996 questionnaire, but he was “really referring to civil unions.”

2011 (June 20) STILL EVOLVING ON MARRIAGE: Carney told the Washington Blade and Metro Weekly that Pfeiffer was actually referring to “another questionnaire” and refused to say anything more about the president’s position on the issue.

Barack Obama on Gay Marriage – 2008:

President Obama’s Flip-Flop On Same-Sex Marriage: A 1996 questionnaire shows he supported same-sex marriage. Anderson Cooper talks with Paul Begala & Cleve Jones.

HT Think Progress

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  1. Rob… That’s just makes people like me and you look bad. You seem to be the definition of Racism… I don’t like Obama because for one just like that he flip flops on his ideas and beliefs just so he can get the liking of all of the people. And he a liar, deceiver, and an anti-american. Not to mention their is no way on Gods green earth has he ever been a Christian. And he will never be a christian. I do’t dislike Obama because of his color. That has 0% of what it has to do with. I don’t care if we have a Asian president. As long as he is born in america, he is a christian, and he is a president legally. Obama is none of those.

  2. Why are Obama’s beliefs so important on this matter? He has always been a carbon copy liberal democrat. In addition, to date, Obama has rarely if ever represented the majority of the citizens or the wishes of the people of the United States. It would seem to me that if in fact Obama is a Christian (which he does not seem to be), he should be legislating based on his own personal convictions. If he does not legislate based on his own beliefs then he is a traitor to his beliefs as well as to the people who voted for him believing he would legislate according to his beliefs. Lastly, since Obama is more than likely a muslim (based on his numerous references to such and defense of such), they too are deeply rooted against homosexuality. So…who exactly is he legislating for? The fact that a mass of people from his past in Chicago and in his youth state that he is in fact a raging homosexual, this is the reason he supports the movement so flamboyantly.

  3. I honestly didn’t see any duplicity throughout this whole article. All I saw were countless statements that although he didn’t support this legislation, he still refused to deny a minority the same basic rights as their fellow Americans. He put his religious views aside, like the founding fathers intended for America, in order to do right by the American people. To be clear, he’s done a lot of things that have sent my blood boiling, but taking the old country’s lead was the best thing he’s done as president. Period. Maybe now that this petty bullcrap is over, we can finally focus on real issues, like reviving the value of dollar so we can finally work toward paying off our debts to other countries, thus reviving America’s good name?


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