Team Obama trumpets same-sex marriage stance
May 10th, 2012
09:17 AM ET
11 years ago

Team Obama trumpets same-sex marriage stance

(CNN) – The Obama re-election campaign released a video Thursday to contrast the president's view on same-sex marriage with that of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

The web video plays President Barack Obama's comments from Wednesday's ABC interview in which he expressed support for same-sex marriage, followed by Romney's statements on the issue throughout the presidential campaign.

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Text in the video accuses Romney of supporting policies that would work against same-sex couples hoping to receive the same benefits as those given to heterosexual couples.

"What rights would Romney deny? Health insurance for your partner and kids, denied. Adopting children together, denied. Emergency decisions for partners, denied," the text reads. "Even President Bush supported civil unions."

Romney has said he believes marriage is between one man and one woman and that states should make decisions about domestic partnerships benefits.

The video plays a clip of Romney saying "3,000 years of human history shouldn't be discarded to quickly" and closes with a graphic that plays off their new slogan: "President Obama is moving us forward. Mitt Romney would take us back."

Thursday's video follows the president's decision Wednesday to publicly support same-sex marriage, after previously saying his opinions were "evolving" on the issue.

Romney reiterated his position after the president's remarks during a campaign appearance in Oklahoma City Wednesday.

"States are able to make decisions with regard to domestic partnership benefits such as hospital visitation rights, benefits and so forth, of various kinds can be determined state by state, but my view is that marriage itself is a relationship between a man and a woman and that's my own preference," he said at the Oklahoma Republican Party headquarters in Oklahoma City. "This is a very tender and sensitive topic as are many social issues, but I have the same view that I've had since running for office."

Team Romney did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the video.

- CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Ed1

    First you are against gay marriage now your for it must be an election year.

    What is a practicing Christian anyway either you are a Christian or you are not.

    May 10, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. WireweirdinSF

    Once again, anything to get reelected. ANYTHING. While trampling alll over the rights of the American people, this Kenyan village idiot, the most incompetent, inept, corrupt, union toady we have ever had as president once again shows what a true liar and hypocrite he and his democrt liberal ilk are. Absolutely disgusting. He will deny me the right to a hard earned retirement, but trumpets his gay act. Outrageous.

    May 10, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The World isn't coming to an end, so don't panic because freedom is still alive in the Good Old USA.

    May 10, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    You mean Obama is attacking Romney for the same views Obama held on Tuesday and that he had to change because his VP screwed up??? WHat a joke Obama is!! The clown is a complete political scammer. On this topic he has been the KING of Etch-A-Sketch! He's changed his position MANY times. The American people simply cannot believe ANYTHING that comes out of Obama's mouth.

    May 10, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. rla

    Good luck with that!

    May 10, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. tykl

    The ad should read:

    Will Obama champion your cause? Only if it is an election year and only if his gaffe-a-minute VP outs him. Vote for cowardice and avarice, Obama/Biden 2012.

    May 10, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. s

    Your view depends on which way the wind is blowing that day. I am from massachusetts and I know how he thinks, just like new england weather, wait a minute and it will change.

    May 10, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Team Romney did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the video."

    Back in 1994 his view was this:

    AUGUST 25, 1994. Romney: "I'll be better than Ted Kennedy for gay rights. I have several friends in the gay community who are supporters, who are working in my campaign. I think they believe I would be a better senator."

    May 10, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  9. ST

    What I can only say to Mr. Prez. and people surrounding him is: " WELL DONE" and keep it up. We have jumped one roadblock and we will reach at our last destination!

    May 10, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. kathy smelser

    if you allow the states to get away with being able to dictate who/ when / how folks can marry .....what will be next on the list ....taking voting rights away from women ....close all stores on Sunday because Jesus rested on that day .......requiring every family to have at least 4 kids or pay a fine ....i hear people say that they feel their freedoms are being taken away ..THEY ARE AND PEOPLE ARE ALLOWING IT TO HAPPEN would think that as a country we have more important things to deal with

    May 10, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. GK

    Yanno, Team O-looser. It's the economy. It's the fact that hundreds of thousands of Americans don't have jobs and have stopped looking (so your lower unemployment looks better, but in truth it's because people gave up under you). It's the fact that you only believe in rights that you want to believe in. But most importantly – it's the ECONOMY. You need to take a page from your predicessor's playbook – it's the Economy Stupid!

    May 10, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. Marty, FL

    Pres. Obama at least has the courage to take a personal stand for equality. His historical strength is respectful regardless how one may feel on the issue.

    Romney used to say he would be to the left of Sen. Kennedy for gay rights until Romney lacked the political strength to follow-thru. Romney would now deny basic rights and did not stand up against his base for Grenell. His apparent weakness is disappointing.

    May 10, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  13. Gurgyl

    Simply obama2012.
    Flip-flop is an idiot. Bain capital.

    May 10, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. Sniffit

    "States are able to make decisions with regard to domestic partnership benefits such as hospital visitation rights, benefits and so forth, of various kinds can be determined state by state"

    He really loves this line of thought, playing it up to the states rights wackadoos. Anyone want to tell me what's different from state to state about a person, gay or not, wishing to visit a lifelong partner, friend, confidante, loved one, lover...YOUR OTHER HALF...while they're sick or dying in the hospital? Or hey, let's try just this one out..."Well ya know...them gays down there in TN...they make terrible adoptive parents...but our gays up here in WI make great ones." Patently absurd.

    That's not to say that certain things shouldn't be left to the states, like dealing with child custody battles and divorces and procedures to get married...but equal rights apply ACROSS THE COUNTRY and the entire concept of them falls completely apart if they are not UNIFORM.

    May 10, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. Sandy

    The onslaught against Romney continues! I love it! Dems showing a backbone! All the dems have to do is tell the truth and display Romney's own words and in full context.

    May 10, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. GI Joe

    He would also take away every right women have worked hard for for over 50 years. He would do more negative things to this country than any other politician can even think of (except maybe Hitl3r).

    May 10, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. Myviewis

    Wait a minute, Obama said that he hesitated on gay marriage because he thought a civil union would be enough to grant such things as hospital visitation rights and now he makes it sound like he has always been upfront and in favor of gay marriage? And he accuses Romney when Obama himself said "previously saying his opinions were "evolving" on the issue? Honestly, what a hypocrite Obama is, he truly is an expert in Marketing/Advertising.

    May 10, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. Steve- Illinois

    Obama's desperate attempt to buy votes! Next promise, immigration reform.........oops! Did that one last time, and never acted on it... hmmmm, can the Latino's be fooled again?

    May 10, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. roro

    My only question to Romney would be, "If marriage is only between a man and a woman, just HOW MANY WOMEN are we talking about?".

    May 10, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. terryrayc

    So Obama flips on this to get the lib vote. I agree with Mitt. Marriage, as it's defined, is a legal issue that is set by the states. I agree that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. I think Civil Unions should be for same sex couples. I also think that people in Civil Unions should have the same rights of married couples. However that being said I think it's up to the states to outline their rules for getting either married or join in a union, it's not the POTUS's job to put the rule down...then again Obama thinks he should be making all the rules so why am I not surprised.

    May 10, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. Russ in Md

    Romney is part of the 50% but so is Obama. My personal view is who cares because I am not a practicing religious person. Now that Obama said he supports it. Again who cares. Civil unions are allowed in almost every state and if that state wants to call that a marriage, it's up to that state. Obama has zero say so in it and can't do anything to change it.

    May 10, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Republicans want you to forget all about the social engineering legislation that they have tried to pass everywhere, and have most places. Only the most extreme of the extreme has not passed.

    -war against unions – anti-union legislation everywhere, destroy any union industry
    -war against health care – remember that Blunt/Rubio Amendment, allowing employers to deny health care

    The Grand Old Tea Party claims they want government out of their lives, but take every chance they can grab to put government in control of yours. Conservatives are always passing legislation that *restricts* freedoms, people.

    May 10, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  23. !ST SGT

    Really something to brag on here atheist.

    May 10, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. Gene

    Love how Democrats accuse Romney of "flip-flopping" on abortion stance, but Obama says he "evolved" on his view of gay marriage. Love double standards, don't you?

    May 10, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. judy

    mitt believes marriage to between a man and a woman and awoman and a woman Obama 2012

    May 10, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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