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President Obama and the Same-Sex Marriage Issue 
10th-May-2012 01:32 pm
Poll #1839520 Obama and Same-Sex Marriage

Will President Obama's support for same-sex marriage help him or hurt him politically in the 2012 election?

It will help him a lot
It will help him a little
It won't be a factor at all
It will hurt him a little
It will hurt him a lot

Assume for this question that you are eligible to vote in the 2012 US Presidential election. Does President Obama's support for same-sex marriage make you more likely or less likely to vote for him?

More likely
Less likely
It doesn't make a difference

Are you in favour of the legalization of same-sex marriage throughout the United States?

In favour
I'm not sure

10th-May-2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
The reason I said that it would "help him a little" is that I think there are fairly few people for whom this is their only deciding issues who are not already Obama supporters. I do think it will help him a bit because - I hope - it will galvanize some of the disenchanted electorate who need something to get them as excited as they were in 2008.
10th-May-2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
I'm really curious to see how this turns out. Overall I don't think his statement will swing many voters--people who wanted him to openly show his support likely would be voting for him anyway, and people who hate him for this now would be voting against him for his general stances on gay rights. I think where it could make an impact is the type of voters who show up, since there are some people who are hardcore, single-issue voters who would do anything to stop gay marriage--are they going to turn up in droves JUST because of this, while before maybe they were apathetic about both Romney and Obama? I don't know.
11th-May-2012 01:05 am (UTC)
Everyone's making a huge deal out of this announcement, but honestly? It really makes almost no practical difference. It's not like Obama'd be able to do anything about it with our current Congress being a deadlocked bunch of corporate-interest-serving whiners, a majority of whom fervently oppose everything Obama supports on principle, and I hate to say it but I expect the current political situation will get more divisive before things become more centrist and moderate.

Edited at 2012-05-11 01:06 am (UTC)
11th-May-2012 01:27 am (UTC)
I think it could help him with people people who don't realize that just because the president is in favor of something doesn't mean that it will pass. I think it'll help him with public relations, too. It's time for a new era. All this bigotry has got to stop, and having a president in favor of gay marriage could help that, at least on that front. However, I fear that he's only coming out in favor of gay marriage to garner public support. He wasn't always in favor of gay marriage, if I remember correctly. He was for civil unions. I might be misremembering, so please correct me if I'm wrong. In short, I'm wary, but hopeful.
11th-May-2012 06:21 am (UTC)
1) I wonder how many people for whom gay marriage is a wedge issue were going to vote for Obama to begin with?

2) I was voting for him, regardless.

3) Support. But, NGL, "Spiting the Moral Majority" has supplanted "Sense of Justice" as my main reason for it.
11th-May-2012 10:52 am (UTC)
It's legal here in South Africa, and working just fine.
11th-May-2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
Marriage is a church and individual issue. The government should be concerned with Civil unions and let the leaders of churches guide those who belive. Marriage is a moral issue and I don't see morals in government.
11th-May-2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
Actually marriage has been a social contract between individual parties for far longer than it's been a religious issue. Morals don't play into it at all.
15th-May-2012 11:47 am (UTC)
Morals do play in to this topic or it wouldn't be a hot topic.
15th-May-2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
...Upon further consideration, I must concede the point. In the United States, at least, it is indeed a question of morals: on the one hand we have people who mistakenly believe it is a religious issue rather than a civil one, and who are morally offended by what they view as government endorsement of immorality; on the other hand we have those who find it morally reprehensible that a government sworn to grant its citizens equal protection under the law has, by refusing to acknowledge the unions of same-sex couples as legally equal to the unions of heterosexual couples, violated its Constitution.
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