Obama stance adds fuel in marriage battlegrounds

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
President Barack Obama’s support for gay marriage has emboldened activists and politicians on both sides of the issue.

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PORTLAND, MAINE (AP) -- President Barack Obama’s support for gay marriage has emboldened activists and politicians on both sides of the issue.

It has set off a flurry of political activity in a number of states and is serving as a rallying point in at least four states where gay marriage votes are being held this fall.

Those states include Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.

In Maine, supporters and opponents of a November referendum seeking to legalize same-sex marriage say Obama’s declaration has motivated their bases of support.

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  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2012 at 05:20 PM
    Homosexuality is developed not born. If they are born then they are mentally ill and need help. They need to be committed or put on proper medication.
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      by Anonymous on May 21, 2012 at 06:26 PM in reply to
      And I'm sure you have the education needed to make that diagnosis, Dr.
  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2012 at 11:57 AM
    Hilarious that everyone feels that marriage between a man and woman is the end all, the best choice, with the divorce rate at 50 percent, we marry men and women who kill each other, who molest, abuse and kill their children, how could same sex marriage be any worse. Just keep believing your mythology. Man created god, man created religion to control other men. The words are just words to control you, keep you a small minded mfer.
  • by Robert Location: USA on May 19, 2012 at 03:13 PM
    Google First Scandal.
  • by Disgusted Location: Ritterville on May 18, 2012 at 10:04 PM
    Better get that Marxism express in gear, the clock is ticking, less than 6 months to go.........
  • by Scott on May 18, 2012 at 03:49 PM
    The so-called "personhood" amendment seems to get brought up over and over also, despite having been voted down repeatedly. Do you also think they should stop bring that to the ballot, or is that just for things you disagree with?
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      by Peabody on May 18, 2012 at 04:06 PM in reply to Scott
      Stop changing the subject. Being gay is a bad choice in life they make. They have the right to make that choice. They are always asking for more, like its a natural choice. Its' not! Just a bad choice in life that they have the right to make.
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        by Anonymous on May 18, 2012 at 04:27 PM in reply to Peabody
        It's not changing the subject, its finding out how consistent your position is. Your refusal to answer suggests what your answer might be.
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        by Anonymous on May 20, 2012 at 11:53 AM in reply to Peabody
        Hey dummy, people are born gay, they do not choose to be gay.
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          by Scott on May 20, 2012 at 04:44 PM in reply to
          But it HAS to be a choice. If it isn't, then they have to ask why their god would have made them that way, and that has an answer that they can't face. So it must be a choice in order for them to hold on to their beliefs.
  • by Scott on May 18, 2012 at 03:47 PM
    Don't be so sure. Last poll I saw said 51% were in favor of gay marriage, and I've read that 62% favor gay marriage and/or civil unions. But that's irrelevant, because civil rights should never be subject to majority opinion. What if the majority agreed to revoke the citizenship of all Republicans over the age of 60? That would be the will of the majority, but would you go along with it?
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      by Peabody on May 18, 2012 at 04:03 PM in reply to Scott
      This isn't a right! They choose to be gay. Why should "marriage" or "Unions" be a special entitlement that will burden taxpayers and business. They have teh same individual rights as every other citizen.
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        by Scott on May 18, 2012 at 04:27 PM in reply to Peabody
        Come into the 21st century. Homosexuality isn't a choice. They have the same rights, except the one to choose who they want to share civil benefits with. You don't want gay marriage? Don't marry a gay person. But why should you get to choose for someone else?
  • by Peabody on May 18, 2012 at 03:42 PM
    O.K. Lets take a vote of the people. Will they or wont they approve gay marriage. If its voted down then that should be final. No more changing the name to try to pass the same thing. Gay marriage is not acceptable, special benefits for gay unions is not acceptable, this should not be a burden to the taxpayer every year just to get turned down every time.
  • by Scott on May 18, 2012 at 02:46 PM
    Thanks for admitting that anti-gay marriage is simply a a religious issue. Now why should anyone be denied civil benefits of any kind based on religious objections? Remember that first amendment thing?
  • by Nobama on May 18, 2012 at 01:21 PM
    Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve. Get it straight one term pres.
  • by Anonymous on May 18, 2012 at 12:50 PM
    No it is not. He is attacking our Bibles first then the Guns next. What a communist.
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