Barack Obama has become the first sitting President to endorse same-sex "marriage", reversing a longstanding opposition, amidst pressure put on him from the Democratic base and even his vice president Joe Biden.
In an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts, Obama says that the "evolution" of his thought process was based on conversations with staff members and military service members who are openly homosexual, along with his wife and daughters. Obama said,
"I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together; when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that 'don't ask, don't tell' is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married."
While he says that states should decide their own issues, he declares this is a personal position for him, which means that we can be assured that in the days to come there will be more pressure applied by the administration on the issue. The low standard that Barack Obama set in dragging his daughters into the discussion and saying they were comfortable with the concept is alarming.
"It's interesting, some of this is also generational," the president continued. "You know when I go to college campuses, sometimes I talk to college Republicans who think that I have terrible policies on the economy, on foreign policy, but are very clear that when it comes to same-sex equality or, you know, sexual orientation, that they believe in equality. They are much more comfortable with it. You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we're talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn't dawn on them that somehow their friends' parents would be treated differently. It doesn't make sense to them and, frankly, that's the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective."
Obama then went on to try and push the issue deeper in regards to the Christian faith:
"This is something that, you know, we've talked about over the years and she, you know, she feels the same way, she feels the same way that I do. And that is that, in the end the values that I care most deeply about and she cares most deeply about is how we treat other people and, you know, I, you know, we are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others but, you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it's also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated. And I think that's what we try to impart to our kids and that's what motivates me as president and I figure the most consistent I can be in being true to those precepts, the better I'll be as a as a dad and a husband and, hopefully, the better I'll be as president."
This has clearly not been the teaching of historic Christianity, but is a departure from it. Treating others the way you want to be treated doesn't have anything to do with endorsing sexual perversion in a society.
In 1996 he indicated support for homosexual "marriage" in a questionnaire, as a State Senate candidate, but later his aides disavowed it.
In 2004, as a candidate for the U.S. Senate, he cited his own religion in framing his views: "I'm a Christian. I do believe that tradition and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman." he maintained that all throughout his campaign and term in office, until today.
It appears the highly publicized vote to ban homosexual "marriage" in North Carolina and his own vice president's inability to control his mouth has pushed Barack Obama "out of the closet" on a statement that has long been coming.
As Barack Obama is has devolved in his thoughts on homosexual "marriage", one of his possible rivals in November, Mitt Romney claims, "My view is that marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman." He added, "That's the position I've had for some time, and I don't intend to make any adjustments at this point." Romney will have a difficult time though as his history as governor demonstrates that he has at least previously held a very similar view to Obama's.
The interview is scheduled to appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday. Excerpts of the interview will air tonight on ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer.”Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.