Obama endorses gay marriage push in Washington, Maine

President Barack Obama on Thursday (Oct. 25) endorsed the same-sex marriage referendum on the Washington state ballot and also formally … Continued

President Barack Obama on Thursday (Oct. 25) endorsed the same-sex marriage referendum on the Washington state ballot and also formally backed a similar measure on the ballot in Maine.

The support from the president — who in May came out in favor of gay marriage — provided a boost for the campaign in favor of Washington’s Referendum 74 just as a new poll showed that the race was getting tighter.

The announcement came in a statement issued by Paul Bell, the Washington press secretary for Obama’s re-election campaign:

“While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the president believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect. Washington’s same-sex marriage law would treat all Washington couples equally, and that is why the President supports a vote approving Referendum 74.”

Michael Czin, the Obama campaign’s Northeast regional press secretary, issued an identical statement on Obama’s support for Question 1 in Maine, which asks voters whether marriage certificates should be issued to same-sex couples, according to the Portland Press Herald.

Zach Silk, the campaign manager for the pro-referendum forces in Washington, said Obama’s endorsement “puts an extra gust of wind in our sails.”

A new poll released Wednesday from Elway Research showed the referendum was just barely ahead, 49 percent to 45 percent. In mid-September, Elway found that the measure was ahead, 52 percent to 40 percent.

In recent weeks, the opposition campaign has begun its own television advertising campaign.

Like Washington, Maryland is also voting on whether to ratify a same-sex marriage law passed by its legislature. In Maryland, the president’s voice is heard on a new radio ad in support of the measure. His remarks were taken from an interview he gave in May where he announced that he no longer felt civil unions were sufficient for gay couples who wished to get married.

The president has also opposed a constitutional amendment in Minnesota to ban same-sex marriage.

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  • IntellectOne

    “Of course, homosexuals cannot have children” “That anti-gay LIE is easily disproven:” Not an anti-gay

    Lie, but this is reality!

    There is no such thing as a homosexual same-sex pseudo marriage that can produce a child naturally.

    You would have to have an ‘artificial insemination’ ( which you would have to abort about 6 human embryos, so to get one child, you are killing six), very inefficient. . This is why the Roman Catholic Church also condemns ‘artificial insemination’ for human-beings. . The child is never able to live with the Real Mother or Real Father at the same time.( besides they may have the same Father or Mother that they never will know their real Heritage, because they do not have one. First of all the marriage is not, nor ever will be equal to heterosexual and authentic marriage. If the baby is adopted , the baby should have one father and one mother, as not to confuse the child. However, it sounds like the homosexuals do not care what and how it affects the child or society and keep insisting that their “Love” is superior and more worthy than anyone else. They could care less how the child feels, just so that they can feel good and that is all that matters.

    That is very selfish and that is why the homosexuals (which by-the -way identify themselves by their sexual orientation). Nobody else does ,because it is self evident, you are either male or female That is how people are born and accept how they were born. To insist on identifying yourselves as something other than how you were born, whether it is your fault of not , it is not other people’s fault. That is called Objectively Disordered and no matter what physco (doctor) you speak with it will never change, because that is the reality.

  • Truthbetold3


    Re: “There is no such thing as a homosexual same-sex pseudo marriage that can produce a child naturally.”

    So what? Procreation is not a requirement of marriage for anyone.

    The rest of your religious gobbledygook is equally irrelevant, in a country that promises freedom of religious belief to ALL.

    Have you got any RELEVANT arguments? If so, we’d love to hear them.

  • IntellectOne

    Procreation is an absolutely necessary part of marriage, as long as, the couple can be gifted with a child. There are very few couples, in the scheme of things, that are unable to have children.

    There would be NO Future, if there was no procreation.

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