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Same-Gender Marriage - A Presidential Election Distraction
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OK, I'll say it. The uproar and debate ongoing about whether President Barack Obama is now for same-gender marriage or still "evolving" is a distraction to the real issues facing American voters in this presidential election year.
Not that same-gender marriage or civil union is not an important topic, but that when compared to the more pressing issues of the economy, jobs and the national debt, it barely makes a blip on the radar.
I know this will not sit well with others who are LGBT such as myself, but that is the reality. Besides, this is and should remain a states right issue not a federal issue. That is why I believe the Defense of Marriage Act should be repealed or overturned by the Supreme Court.
Most of yesterday and all day to day until the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula terror plot was thwarted and announced, most of the news cycle has centered around same-gender marriage. This is such a distraction.
Our time will come, but during this presidential election, the LGBT should keep its eyes on the more needy issues of the economy, jobs and the national debt.
So what if the President has finally "evolved" in his opinion to support same-gender marriage?
Will that support translate into a more robust economy?
Will that support bring about more jobs?
Will that support result in a cut in the national debt?
It is nice if the President is coming out (no pun intended) for our equal rights and benefits under the law, but it is not a life or death issue.
Besides...can't you see through the pandering to keep "our" vote...as if we all think the same and cast our vote on one issue alone?
From the Cornfield, state by state change is coming.
But to make such a big deal over whether the President will take a stand for same-gender marriage at this point in time is irrelevant when placed in the glare of our more pressing needs: the economy, jobs and the national debt.