Peter LaBarbera
Obama's gay "marriage" doublespeak
By Peter LaBarbera
August 24, 2009

Barack Obama sure has a strange way of showing his much-touted support for traditional "marriage." On Aug. 17, Obama's Justice Department filed a legal brief against DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, which was signed into law by the last Democrat to occupy the Oval Office: Bill Clinton. Weeks before that, Obama's administration had defended DOMA, setting off a flurry of protests from his gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender-whatever allies.

DOMA — which only Congress can repeal — passed overwhelmingly in 1996 with bipartisan consensus (a mere 14 Democratic Senators voted "No"). It protects states from being forced to recognize out-of-state "gay marriages." Its growing unpopularity among Democrats signals the near-complete moral collapse of the party of Harry S. Truman, who surely would bristle at the Dems' current overwhelming support of abortion-on-demand and homosexuality as non-negotiable, litmus-test issues.

In this respect, Obama's anti-DOMA crusade epitomizes his party's flight from Judeo-Christian norms and tradition. But then again, who needs the Bible when you've got Barack in the White House? In 2007, during the Democratic primary campaign, the Anointed One "corrected" Gen. Peter Pace — the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and an old-school Catholic who was naive enough to honestly answer a Chicago Tribune reporter's question about homosexuals in the military. Gen. Pace said, "I believe that homosexual acts between individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts." For that apostasy, he was angrily denounced by "queer" activists who, like spoiled children, are not used to hearing "No."

It all went downhill from there for Pace, who was mercilessly maligned by the politically correct thought police, which is to say, the media. Pressed to respond to Gen. Pace, Obama (and Hillary Clinton) proclaimed that to the contrary, homosexuality was "not immoral."

I wonder if Almighty God got their memo. And when will Barack and the Democrats get around to revising the Ten Commandments?

But redefining sin is child's play for the all-knowing Theologian in Chief: against all biblical evidence to the contrary, Obama has had the chutzpah to imply that Jesus' Sermon on the Mount is a "gay"-affirming text — while dismissing as "obscure" verses in the New Testament Book of Romans that clearly describe homosexual acts as a sign of a self-centered society spiraling downward.

So much arrogance, so little time.

We keep hearing from the media about how incredibly smart Obama is. But if he's so intelligent, shouldn't he know that you cannot rationally hold two contradictory positions at the same time? Of course, the Obama-adoring media have allowed him to get away with his cynical double-game — telling voters again and again that he supports traditional marriage as they buried his opposition to DOMA and ignored his near-total subservience to the Gay Lobby.

(By the way, add Bill Clinton and Al Gore to the growing list of Democratic pols who have switched from supporting "civil unions" to outright homosexual "marriage." This is a lesson in "evolving" liberal morality: heck, if you're going to sell out your Creator, why not go all the way?)

Truth is, the vainglorious Obama is a spectacular phony on "gay marriage," as he is a poser on social issues and morality in general. (He claims to want to "reduce abortions" even as he championed Planned Parenthood and supports the radical, sweeping "Freedom of Choice Act," which would eviscerate pro-life reform laws nationwide.) Obama may have drifted rightward and milked the media image of supporting one-man, one-woman marriage to get elected president, but as sure as stimulus dollars are being wasted, in his heart he is for homosexual "marriage" in every way except calling them "marriages."

Oops. Strike that. On February 15, 1996, then-candidate for Illinois State Senate Barack Obama did come out for legalizing same-sex "marriage," in responding to a candidate questionnaire. This little tidbit was reported by a Chicago homosexual newspaper — conveniently, after the 2008 election. Obama told the gay newspaper Outlines in 1996: "I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages." No wiggle room there. Moreover, Politico reports, "On another questionnaire the same year, Obama said he would support a resolution in support of same-sex marriage."

But eight years later, in 2004, in another "gay" newspaper interview, Obama — now running for U.S. Senate — had seen the light on traditional marriage (wink, wink to powerful "gay" friends). Even so, note his highly political — not moral — rationale for opposing "gay marriage" (emphasis added):

    Lesbian Windy City Times reporter Tracy Baim: Do you have a position on marriage vs. civil unions?

    Barack Obama: I am a fierce supporter of domestic-partnership and civil-union laws. I am not a supporter of gay marriage as it has been thrown about, primarily just as a strategic issue. I think that marriage, in the minds of a lot of voters, has a religious connotation.... What I'm saying is that strategically, I think we can get civil unions passed.... I think that to the extent that we can get the rights, I'm less concerned about the name....

Entrusting the defense of marriage to this fellow would be like entrusting your 80-year-old grandmother to Obama-care for that urgent operation she needs to stay alive. Morality and timeless truths, like grandma, are thrown overboard as the politics of expediency overrides principle. On marriage, the playbook was obvious for the ambitious chameleon-candidate: running for office in a very liberal Chicago district, Obama pandered to the Democratic Left by strongly supporting full "same-sex marriage." But years later, a more savvy U.S. Senate candidate Obama needed to jettison his "gay marriage" position, lest the common voter figure out that he has a radical social agenda.

Of course, this was perfect training for the strategy that the cunning Obama would use in his successful run for the presidency — playing the role of moderate on a whole host of issues to fool America's centrist, independent, and faith-based voters, only to govern from the left once in office. Granted, he's hardly the first politician to do that and he won't be the last. But thankfully, Average American Joes and Janes are finally catching on to the real Obama — the one who plays a dangerous game with transcendent truth, while deceiving the public about the real "change" he is pushing for.

© Peter LaBarbera


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