Mixed Political Impact of President's Supports of Same-Sex Marriage

Thursday, May 10, 2012

President Obama’s public declaration of his support for same-sex marriage in an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts yesterday,could have a polarizing effect this campaign season, invigorating some voters and potentially alienating others. Gay campaign political activists and campaign donors are among those with a strong reaction to the news.

The Takeaway spoke to one top Obama bundler, Dana Perelman, who said he was "exhilarated" by the President’s announcement. Perelman is helping organize a 700-person LGBT fundraiser for the president next month. From the other end of the gay community came a slightly different reaction. R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of Log Cabin Republicans called the timing of the president's announcement "callous."

Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent also joins the program.

Guests:

R. Clarke Cooper

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Contributors:

Todd Zwillich

Comments [3]

charles harris from island heights nj

The appropriate thing to do change the law so that the legal word for marriage becomes "civil union or some such. Why should this issue impose upon the sensibilities and sensitivities harbored by very large numbers of americans who have religious feelings about "Marriage" After becomeing unioned "civilly" those who want to be "married" under God can have that ceremony performed by their respective ministers.

This sterife is being caused by the word marriage. the issue has already been resolved. So get the word marriage out of law.

I suspedct this is the first time in our history that this government went into the dictionary business.

May. 10 2012 10:34 AM
Ed from Larchmont

I had thought that President Obama was bought and paid for by Planned Parenthood, national and international. And so he is. But now I know that he is also in the pocket of the homosexual community: he did this because of the money. (Though I think he also believes it.)

May. 10 2012 07:22 AM
Ed from Larchmont

'It's the conquest of the natural by the unnatural'. G.K. Chesterton.

May. 10 2012 06:11 AM

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