Obama's same-sex marriage support riles religious conservatives
May 9th, 2012
05:05 PM ET
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Obama's same-sex marriage support riles religious conservatives

(CNN) – U.S. President Barack Obama's endorsement of gay marriage on Wednesday outraged conservative Christian leaders, who vowed to use it as an organizing tool in the 2012 elections, but the move is also activating the liberal base, raising big questions about who gains and loses politically.

"It cuts both ways – it activates both Democratic and Republican base voters," said John Green, an expert on religion and politics at the University of Akron. "The most likely effect is that it makes an already close election even closer."

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  1. gg

    all those preacher will be under the mormonism –tax them

    May 9, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. cali girl

    Your ideas are so far out there that you are in a state of funk. Get real man. California as a whole is not gay marriage, because the states voters, which come in all shapes and sizes said no. It is a racist claim to say that only Black voters are responsible for it not being a gay marriage state. Go back to Fox where they promote that kind of lame braid ideology.

    May 9, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. bestchill

    republicans want smaller government ,but want to tell everyone how to live thier lives behind close doors. they cant be christian, because GOD SAID COME AS YOU ARE

    May 9, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    to all the right wingers posting here you know who else supports gay marriage? DICK CHENEY!!!

    May 9, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Sniffit and Cali Girl, you are hilarious when you try to deny reality. San Francisco has become GAY CENTRAL for America. It is THE city most identified with the gay "culture" in the USA. I'm not saying the city is 100% gay but I am saying it's image across the USA is that of being 100% gay.

    May 9, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "to all the right wingers posting here you know who else supports gay marriage? DICK CHENEY!!!"

    That's just the desperation of an old man trying to get into heaven and make his daughter love him.

    May 9, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    cali girl - It is a racist claim to say that only Black voters are responsible for it not being a gay marriage state
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    The margin of defeat for the measure was provided by the large black turnout to vote for Obama. How ironic is THAT?! You know it is the truth so please admit it. Here this is the proof "Seven in 10 African Americans who went to the polls voted yes on Proposition 8". 70%!!!! Now please stop lying in here.

    May 9, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  8. fred ca

    How could they be upset. That obama used 'I' or 'me' four times in one sentence should be enough to awe anyone. For such an incompetent that is impressive.

    May 9, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Who cares if they are riled up?!
    They've been trashing him at my "Catholic" Church long before he made this pronouncement today. And the man said for him "personally". Thiis is America. He is entitled to his views.
    I'm not gay, but I have good, decent, loyal friends that are. I satnd with them and my President.
    Obama 2012.

    May 9, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "Obama's decision to come out in favor of gay marriage is going to cost a LOT of Democrats their seats come November. "

    Why? They don't have to run on President Obama's views. You seem to forget the Dems welcome a much greater diversity of people and viewpoints than the GOPB cult does.

    May 9, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. Ol' Yeller

    " U.S. President Barack Obama's endorsement of gay marriage on Wednesday outraged conservative Christian leaders..."
    Oh, Goodness! And they have been so happy and supportive of him up until now.
    I kinda' like this... Obama slingin' his arms downward and to the sides... gloves flying off and hitting the ground...
    I don't know if the republicant's are ready for this drubbing he is fixing to put on them... but it is going to be FUN to watch.

    May 9, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  12. NameMorpunkt

    Liberals "evolve".
    Conservatives "flip-flop".
    Hypocrisy at its finest.

    May 9, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. Sydnium S. Adolsen

    He's too far out. He's too nuts. He's too deranged. He's too strange. He's too decisive. He can't make up his mind. His government won't help the one I'm living on due to island rehabilitation wars. He's yucky. He's weird. He's a big 6' cry-baby. He's a jerk. He's a dweeb. He's dumb. He's not a friend. He's a foe. America's Most Wanted: Barack Obama. He's a party pooper. He's a dork. Dorkier than Jon Arbuckle and dorkiest of all when compared to Romney. Well, Paul and Obama are tied for my descriptions, except the height.

    May 9, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  14. Larry L

    The right-wing will not vote for an African American if he talks Jesus into being his Campaign Manager. Racism trumps logic, wisdom and religion every time.

    May 9, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  15. Doug in NYC

    I want the right to vote on every straight couples right to marry! Every couple that is getting married must let the public decide if they can, if the majority says no they can't get married then they can't get married!

    May 9, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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