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    Posted May 10, 2012 by
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Same-sex marriage: Civil right vs. states' rights

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    President Obama Forced to "Come Out" on Gay Marriage : W J O'Reilly


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     wjoreilly shared his thoughts on the May 9 public declaration of support for same-sex marriage by President Obama. ' I empathize with those who disagree with the trend to extending freedoms to all – it does shake the foundations of some peoples' faith,' he said. 'But we are a free society, and unless people are denying the freedoms of others, they are allowed to participate fully in our societal model; that includes marrying and raising families.'
    - jmsaba, CNN iReport producer

    I'd like to jump in on the discussion of President Obama's finally chiming in with his position on gay marriage. I find myself in the EWillies1961 camp and this time on the other side of the fence with my friend and colleague Omekongo. Because President Obama clearly had some major obstacles in his path to stating his position on gay marriage. Romney was already well entrenched in the "No way" position and I think the president's handlers felt that they'd take a softer stance on the issue if there was such a thing as a soft stance on gay marriage. It's kind of like being pregnant, you either are or you aren't...and Matt Drudge's lead story today sums it up with the faces of the two candidates and Obama's saying "I do" with Romney saying "I don't." I don't think there's any question about the president's real feelings about who should be allowed to get married--but let's face it, once he's in the "they can" side of the question, that will shut the door on some moderates who might not be fully on board with the gay marriage concept. I think Obama did what he had to do on this--but I think he was forced to take the position publicly, especially after Arnie Duncan and Joe Biden backed it. Courageous of the president--I'd say more forced to take a public side on this still very controversial American topic.



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