COLUMN: Coren – Obama is far from brave for endorsing gay marriage

- May 19th, 2012

Obama panders to Hollywood on gay marriage

by Michael Coren

President Barack Obama has changed his mind about same-sex marriage again, partly after discussing the issue with his daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10.

Nice. Now we wait for the Congressional Medal of Honor to be awarded to the “awesome cute guy” from One Direction. Can you imagine how the media would have reacted if Obama had said he’d decided to preserve the definition of marriage after chatting to the kids, or if a Republican president had used a similar line to justify a policy?

It’s all sheer nonsense, of course, just a folksy attempt to disguise the fact that Obama’s Hollywood buddies told him the donations and fundraising parties would disappear unless he did something for their favourite cause. Most Americans don’t care about same-sex marriage. Many gay people don’t care about it. Equality, tolerance, a clumsy but vital co-existence. That’s what is essential to a civilized handling of sexuality. Marriage is not an entitlement but a social institution, not a human right but a child-centred entity based around natural law. Someone’s sexuality is their own business, and they should never be denied a job, home or respect because of it. That, however, is the sort of appalling behaviour now being projected at people who disagree with same-sex marriage, which is one of the bitterest ironies of contemporary politics.

Back to Obama. He can’t be re-elected without the almost unanimous support of black and Hispanic America. Not going to happen, Mr. President. You’ve done nothing for African-Americans, and their overwhelming objection to same-sex marriage is less important to you than the obsession with it among the chattering classes, in particular those moral champions of the world in Hollywood.

How gruesome it is that when Iranian protesters are slaughtered or when Africans in Sudan are massacred in legions, people like Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. and Spider-Man Tobey Maguire say nothing, but when their gay friends want to marry their other gay friends, they demand the president change the country and alienate millions.

Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who has hardly mentioned the issue, referred to marriage being between one man and one woman at an address to a Christian university last weekend, and was immediately described on CNN and elsewhere as making marriage a political issue. Mind you, Mitt doesn’t have any superheroes in his camp, so this sort of hilariously one-sided and dishonest approach is rather inevitable.

The Obama-loving media also managed to find some story about Romney playing a prank on a classmate when he was a teenager, and maybe even — good God, can it be true? — using the word “gay” in a less than positive context. In the universe of liberal authoritarianism, I suppose this disqualifies someone from ever holding public office, but to me it means someone acted like a kid when he was a kid. Then he grew up, and realized that such innocuous but dumb behaviour was not appropriate.

Unlike Obama, who thinks bullying churches and cutting away at religious freedom when it comes to health care is entirely OK. The difference then is Romney grew up and has put away childish things, but Obama is still playing with them.

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5 comments

  1. Tony McLean says:

    That was Obama’s “Checkers speech.”

    “President Romney.” Sounds good doesn’t it?

  2. Kim Lyvang says:

    Why is it OK for religious people to attack and condemn others in the name of their god but not OK for others to support individual freedoms of the LGBTQ community?
    I thought state and church were supposed to be seperate?

  3. James Small says:

    @ Kim Lying in previous post: Church and state ARE separate. No church forms the government in Canada or the USA. The government is not a church either (well, not until the eco-radicals and global warmist nutjobs take over completely anyway), but this country’s moral fabric was founded on Judeo-Christian values, which intelligent people hope continues to be the case forever. If you don’t like that fact, you are free to leave. I understand Sweden and Norway are looking for new taxpayers. France would suit you too.

  4. Kim Lyvang says:

    What a wonderful reply. It is up to the Republican standards. Instead of me moving to Norway (BTW, I was born in Denmark), maybe you should move to the US. You view of the world is narrow enought to fit in down there.

  5. Geoff Meek says:

    Kim: When you are looking for the truth, your view naturally gets narrower – To discover a truth you must filter out many illusions. This is to be expected as you advance in the direction of the truth. All other directions will eventually be rejected.

    What you are espousing is relativism: whose purpose is to cover up that pesky truth. Nobody is right or wrong, up and down are the same direction, gay sex is the same as natural sex, etc…

    Sounds like hell to me…

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