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Obama made an oopsy?

Throughout the year in Government class we have been urged to pay attention to current events happening in the world and especially within the United States. One of the most recent and important current events is the debate on same-sex marriage. This issue has plagued America for many years now and based on current debates it will continue to be a shadow over our country for a while.

While researching several websites geared towards current events and news such as www.cnn.com and http://www.myfoxdfw.comI came across several articles regarding President Obama’s view on same-sex marriage. He made it loud and clear to the public that he is 100% for same-sex marriage. In a speech that he gave he stated “I want everyone treated fairly in this country. We have never gone wrong when we’ve extended rights and responsibilities to everybody… That doesn’t weaken families, that strengthens families.” (CNN) After revealing his view toward same sex marriage President Obama’s future in the office is in question. His strong stance on the issue, as always, will either be the pivotal factor in getting him re-elected or will be detrimental to his platform and cause him to lose votes. The reason that this issue is such a potentially deciding factor is because the 2 candidates (Mitt Romney is known to be the future Republican nominee) are both on complete opposite ends of the issue. Mitt Romney has made it clear that he is against same-sex marriage. He stated “a marriage is defined as being between a man and woman” making his stance on the issue clear.

The recent approval to ban same-sex marriage in North Carolina is what has sparked so much debate lately over the topic. North Carolina has become the thirtieth state to ban this very controversial issue. President Obama’s decision to make his view so clearly forth put may have been a very bad decision politically. Only six states allow same sex marriage therefore making it a widely unaccepted issue.

There are many views on this subject. No matter what a person belives about same-sex marriage they will always meet opposition and be judged by someone for their views and opinions. In my opinion same-sex marriage must be handled very delicately. I believe that if two people want to be happy then they should have that opportunity. I also believe that religion is a very delicate factor. No matter what a person may believe, wrong or right, that person’s beliefs should be respected. Marriage, in all religious beliefs, is a sacred ceremony and in the christian perspective it is wrong for two people of the same sex to be wed.

Due to the fact that most weddings are performed in churches i believe that the beliefs of this religion should be respected. My stance is that a man and a man or a woman and a woman have just as much right to be happy as a man and a woman so I believe that a couple should have the right to be married as long as the ceremony is not performed in a religious place of worship or by a religious figure.

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  1. May 21, 2012 at 9:05 am

    You write: “After revealing his view toward same sex marriage President Obama’s future in the office is in question.” Wasn’t is future in office ‘in question’ long before the president announced his support for gay marriage? Cynics might argue that it’s because of the president’s re-election campaign that he’s made such a clear, strong statement of support for gay marriage at this moment…

    I’m curious as to why you see gay marriage as a “potentially defining factor” – I agree that each candidate has an opposite point-of-view, but… what sorts of voters will change their minds based on what President Obama has recently said?

    … and lastly – if the religion is to be respected, is it possible that some religions/religious leaders might choose to support gay marriage? In this case, might the ceremony happen in a religious context?

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