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Obama, Romney, and Same Sex Marriage: What On Earth Is Going On?

President Barack Obama’s endorsement of same sex marriage on Wednesday caused confusion, controversy, and anger all over the United States. While Sean Hannity of Fox News said that it “sounds like this president can’t make up his mind very well” and Michelle Malkin, also of Fox, said that Obama is “trying to pander to wealthy, gay donors”¹, ABC News called Obama’s endorsement a “historic political and cultural moment in this country”. All the positive and negative media attention has made it difficult to figure out whether Obama’s move was a good one. Here are a few reasons why Obama didn’t hurt himself in endorsing gay marriage, and why Mitt Romney is in deeper trouble than before.

1) Donations To The Obama Campaign Have Greatly Increased

Though many homosexual voters already supported Obama before his endorsement of same-sex marriage, his announcement has further increased his popularity. According to CBS News, “President Barack Obama has seen an uptick in fundraising since he announced his shift on gay marriage, with some Democratic rainmakers citing renewed interest from gay and lesbian donors who had been urging the president to clarify his stance on the divisive social issue.”² By voicing his support for same-sex marriage, Obama almost guaranteed himself a large portion of the LGBT vote.

2) Though He Hadn’t Officially Endorsed Same Sex Marriage, Obama Was A Longtime Supporter Of Gay Rights

Before his endorsement of Same Sex Marriage, Obama voiced his support for civil unions and repealed the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Most Gay voters still supported him because he was in favor of more rights for them, even if he didn’t want same sex marriage.

3) Romney Bullied A Gay Student While In School

Though he and other conservatives deny it, substantial rumors have circulated that Romney cut off the hair of a crying gay boy while at prep school. Phillip Maxwell, one of Romney’s former classmates, said,”this was bullying supreme”⁴, and several other classmates came forward as well. To “bubble” voters still deciding between Romney and Obama, this incident could persuade them to vote for Obama.

Nobody likes a school bully.

Barack Obama’s decision to support marriage was a correct and timely one. Gay voters will almost certainly vote for him, and borderline voters scared by Mitt Romney’s behavior as an adolescent will also give him their votes. Obama has given himself a bigger advantage going into the fall elections.

 The Fox News Video

I was unable to post the ABC News video. However, it should come up easily when searched on Youtube or Google.

Works Cited

1. Vamburkar, Meenal. “Hannity Panel Blasts Obama’s ‘Flip-Flopping’ On Gay Marriage.” Mediaite.com. Mediaite, LLC, 9 May 2012. Web. 12 May 2012. http://www.mediaite.com/tv/hannity-panel-blasts-obamas-flip-flopping-on-gay-marriage/.

2. “Gay Marriage Shift Gives Obama Fundraising Boost.” CBSNews. CBS Interactive, 11 May 2012. Web. 12 May 2012. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57433121/gay-marriage-shift-gives-obama-fundraising-boost/.

3. Negrin, Matt. “Bullying Story Sidetracks Romney’s Campaign.” ABC News. ABC News Network, 11 May 2012. Web. 12 May 2012. <http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/bullying-story-sidetracks-romneys-campaign/story?id=16327280&gt;.

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Obama Shouldn’t Worry About The Votes He Can’t Get

On the front page of May fourth’s New York Times, an article titled “4 Years Later, Race Is Still Issue for Some Voters” brought attention to the many Americans who have qualms about voting for Barack Obama because of his race.

In 2008, this was an issue- many Democrats voted for third-party candidates or didn’t vote at all because they felt they couldn’t trust a black man in office¹. However, Obama won the election based on the values he supported and the agendas he constructed. American voters trusted him to lead the country through two difficult wars and a financial crisis. So why should his campaign strategy  be any different this year?

There are many more Americans who care about a responsible president than ones who only care whether he is white and Christian. Obama’s campaign should play to these voters, not the racist, bigoted ones. If President Obama continues to discuss his basic principles, his good actions in office, and his plans for a second term, he will gain far more supporters than if he produces his birth certificate again and desperately tries to prove his Christianity.

Wiston Churchill, the famous British leader, once said, “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”

Barack Obama should abide by this saying. Though many racist, misinformed Americans won’t give him their vote, he will win because of the votes of the Americans who know what he truly stands for.

WORKS CITED

1. “4 Years Later, Race Is Still Issue for Some Voters.” New York Times. The New York Times Company, 3 May 2012. Web. 5 May 2012. <http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/04/us/politics/4-years-later-race-is-still-issue-for-some-voters.html&gt;.