Friday, May 11, 2012

President Obama's Stance on Gay Marriage

The biggest news this week was that President Obama came out in support of gay marriage.  I imagine some people jumped to the wrong conclusion when they saw the words "President Obama Comes Out" and "Gay" in the same headline.

People are wondering if the President's new, pro-gay marriage stance, is going to have an effect on the election in six months.  Maybe it will in some places, but not in my area.  If you drew a Venn Diagram of "people who will vote for President Obama" and "people who support gay marriage", you'd find a huge overlap.  I don't foresee many people here changing their votes away from Obama because of this issue.

To be honest, the state of California rarely matters, when it comes to Presidential elections. Thanks to the time differences, the election usually over by the time our polls close.  In any case, California always votes for the Democratic candidate, who in this case is President Obama.

I've been writing about California's legal debate on gay marriage for a while now.  As I predicted, the latest ruling on the case has been appealed.  The appeal has not yet been processed, even though it's been three months; we'll have to wait and see if the appeal goes to the full Ninth Circuit (of California) or the full Supreme Court (of the United States of America).  So, at this point, it's possible that our state will force a national ruling on this issue within a year or so.  Once the appeal is processed, we'll know for sure.

Either way, it seems to me that when California puts the issue of gay marriage before the US Supreme Court, it doesn't really matter who the President is at the time.  The President can't vote for or against the issue, and he can't veto the court's decision.  So...I don't think the issue of "how the Presidential candidate feels about gay marriage" should have a large effect on the Presidential election, because the Supreme Court will decide the issue, not the President.


Anonymous said...

I hope the issue doesn’t reach the Supreme Court, although history and common sense indicates it probably will. Based on how the Supreme Court is split now, with 4 liberals and 4 conservatives, and only Justice Kennedy as an independent leaning conservative, if the issue did get that far, they would probably vote on party lines and rule that marriage is something to be regulated by the state. That’s how the Supreme Court rules: based on their own political beliefs, and not what the Constitution says. That’s why when they were debating the health care law, many people referred to Justice Kennedy as the “king of America,” because he basically is. The other justices had already made their positions on health care clear, long before the issue ever reached their steps, so Kennedy is basically the only one who is slightly impartial and is going to single handily decide if the law is constitutional. The Supreme Court has become way too politicized to decide on an issue fairly, and, in my opinion, issues should be made on state by state basis, based on what that state’s population wants, and not the personal beliefs of nine highly biased judges.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what he's doing that for. It's not that the support of American gay population will help him win the election.I mean, gay population is not that numerous.
However, it will make some people support him, even though it's not up to him to legalize gay marriage. The thing is, people like when politicians share their views.

Speaking of gay marriage, I don't understand why gays would want to marry. They are normal people, homosexuality is no longer considered a deviation in the medical world, but the main purpose of marriage is raising children, which in gay marriage is impossible, if it's not about adoption. My main argument against gays adopting children is that offensive people can abuse such children.