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Obama's Gay Marriage Stance Could Create Election-Year Issue

•, Common Dreams staff
 With President Obama visiting Vermont and Maine today -- two states where gay marriage has been a major issue of late -- concerns about how stance on gay marriage may impact his re-election campaign continue to mount.
President Obama has never supported gay marriage, but in 2010 he said he was "evolving" on the issue.

"President Barack Obama could be caught in an election-year bind on gay marriage, wedged between the pressure of supporters who want him to back same-sex marriage and the political perils of igniting an explosive social issue in the midst of the campaign," says an Associated Press article from today. "Interviews with gay rights advocates and people close to Obama's campaign suggest it is no longer a matter of if, but when the president publicly voices his support. But Obama backers are split over whether that will happen before the November elections.

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Comment by Dennis Treybil
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1794 was a bad year for gay folk.

Just think, if individuals could sue their state governments, gay rights issues could be resolved at the state level and would not necessarily be forced up to the federal level.

The 11th amendment took that away.

While gays currently enjoy a status of some special protections initiated at the federal level, they are left at its mercy.  If "THUH guvamint" is big enough to provide that protection, it is also big enough to take it away.

Better to blend in with the locals and not engage "THUH guvamint" at any level - local, county, state, federal, international, interplanetary, interstellar, intergalactic, interdimensional, intertemporal, pan-temporal, transtemporal, pan-universal, transuniversal or beyond.

DC Treybil

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