August 9th, 2010
02:05 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama may face trouble with gays after same-sex ruling

Washington (CNN) - Many gays and lesbians supported Barack Obama at the polls in 2008, and they've backed him once he took office. But one topic in particular has created a firestorm among the vocal constituency historically aligned with the Democratic Party.

Gay activists and bloggers and others unleashed a wave of criticism against Obama after a federal judge on Wednesday ruled California's Proposition 8 - which outlawed same-sex marriage - unconstitutional.

The reasoning behind the criticism, they said, is a lukewarm response from the White House on the historic ruling - and Obama's stance against same-sex marriage.

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. scott

    look gays u got no where else 2 go the republicans r worse!

    August 9, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Naqib

    Obama believes one man/one woman... yet gets a pass?
    Some Miss America contestant says the exact same thing and is run out of the state...

    Funny... November will be Funny Too

    August 9, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. doug

    I'm confused. I thought Obama was in favor of same sex marriages. And if not mistaken, didn't he just appoint a lesbian to the Supreme Court??

    August 9, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Peter s

    I hate to jump in to this silly topic! but you gay activists or who ever you are just explain to the American people whether Dick cheney homosexual daughter voted for Obama! I don't think so!!!

    August 9, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. Dano

    I suppose that gay people could vote Republican or withhold their support if they want to send a message to the President. Of course the GOP would just as soon have them jailed and/or shot for crimes against God so I wouldn't recommend it.

    August 9, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. ATL Guy

    I think immigrants, gays and blacks should vote for the Republicans. In time they'll regret their stupidity.

    August 9, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Malt

    Libs and 'progressives' always run to the courts when their agenda isn't met with open arms. Every state has voted down each attempt to change the meaning of marriage–yet liberal judges wrongly misinterpret their roles in the separation of powers and overrules the voters will.

    The same-sex marriage groups lie when they state that they aren't getting the same rights as hetero couples (ie. hospital visits, insurance...). If their arguments were more truthful instead of based on lies and false stereotypes (ie. human rights, 'they're haters'...), they might get more people listening.

    August 9, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Bill

    What did they expect? Should he drop his drawers and moon them?

    August 9, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Bill, Bloomington Il

    and now elections are irrelevant thanks to activist judges.

    August 9, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. YBM

    About the only thing I can agree with Obama on. Call it a civil union or anything else besides a "marriage." The Gays should not be allowed to have anything to do with children. Children should not be taught that such a lifestyle choice is ok, or natural.

    August 9, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Don

    What the hell is so hard about a marrage between one man and one woman? LETS KEEP IT THAT WAY!

    August 9, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. Cynthia

    President Obama is the only hope for gays. If a Republican is elected see how they fare. It won't be pretty. President Obama has been busy trying to safe us all from this country falling off a cliff. Give the man some time!

    August 9, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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