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WASHINGTON – Barack Obama became the first US president Wednesday to say publicly he was in favor of same-sex marriage, in a high-stakes intervention in a pre-election debate roiling American politics.

In what supporters will hail as a historic moment in civil rights history, Obama changed his stance, after previously saying he was “evolving” on gay marriage, a fiercely divisive issue in US politics.

“I’ve just concluded, for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama said in an interview with ABC News.

Obama, who had previously backed strong protections for gay and lesbian couples, said his position had evolved partly after talking to his two daughters Malia and Sasha who had some friends who had same-sex parents.

“It wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them and frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective,” Obama said in the interview.

Obama came under increasing political pressure on gay marriage after Vice President Joe Biden said on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday that he was “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex marriage.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said this week that he was also in favor of the concept.

Some political analysts have warned that Obama could be entering a political minefield, with some key voting blocs in swing states that he hopes to court in November’s election opposing gay marriage.

On Tuesday, voters in North Carolina, a state Obama narrowly carried in the 2008 election, approved a state constitutional amendment forbidding gay marriages, civil unions and domestic partnerships.

The measure was passed by 61 percent to 39 percent after similar state constitutional amendments have been approved in some 30 US states.

The amendment solidifies and expands already enacted North Carolina law forbidding same-sex marriage.

Obama came to the position he elucidated on Wednesday through a long period of reflection and following pressure from his political base, which includes gay and lesbian groups.

In 2004, he said for religious reasons that he believed that “marriage is between a man and a woman,” but added that he favored a “bundle” of civil rights for gays and lesbians.

“What I believe in my faith … a man and a woman when they get married are performing something before God.”

In 2010, Obama said “my feelings are constantly evolving” on gay marriage, and said he was in favor of civil unions for gays and lesbians that have strong civil protections.

In 2011, Obama said he was “still working on it.”


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  • Hfxwst

    Good for Obama – he has no interest in someone else’s bedroom!  Separation of State and religion – a good example for the Philippines.  Christian extremists take note!

    If the CBCP speaks negatively about this, we should insist they shut their mouths, get off their butts, and get out on the streets helping the poor and disadvantaged –  they should also think about selling a few of their properties and businesses to feed the hungry children too.

    Is this a democracy?  Or a religious state?

    • Rigoberto_Doronila

       lito atienza just testified at the impeachment trial that the church practically donated a property in manila for construction of houses for squatters. what have u done for the poor?

      hating the church does not make you right on gay marriage.

      • Hfxwst

        Practically? What does that mean?

        I don’t hate the Church, I hate to see a religious group that owns huge tracts of lands and hundreds of businesses preaching to be generous to the poor – The comfortable life of the Catholic clergy in sharp contrast to the suffering of the people they serve. I am a God fearing man – I just don’t fear the men who run the Catholic Church.

      • antonioluna

        ibig mong sabihin mapagtatakpan na ng simbahan katoliko ang ginagawa nilang pagkakanlong sa mga rapist nilang pari dahil nagbigay sila ng lupa sa mga mahihirap na kung saan sa sektor na ito din nila nakukuha ang mga kabataang pinagsasamantalahan nila.

        at ang lupang ibinigay nila ay nabili nila mula sa mga abuloy na karamihan ng nagbibigay ay mahihirap din.

        kaya maraming bobotante at mangmang ay dahil sa impluwensya ng mga relihiyon dito sa pinas.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LX2P4AGRGCISTRBLMGD6J2BIXY DenZ krazie

      that’s just general hate. Im glad you clarified on your latest post on your specifics.

    • julymorning

      UNGOY KANG BADING KA!!!

  • Palparan

    dapat pasabugan ng tactical nuke kayong mga bakla… isama dto si antonioluna—isang kumunistang bakla…Wahahahahahaha!

    • antonioluna

      kunwari ka pa eh pedopilia ka hindi ba mga menor de edad ang dalawang babaeng ginahasa mo bago mo pinatay at pati nga mga batang lalaki minumolestiya mo isa kang magnanakaw, manyakis at mamamatay tao at kaya ganyan ang asal mo dahil nanay mo ay isang pokpok at hindi kilala ang tunay na tatay dahil sa dami ng nakadale sa nanay mong pokpok

      • Palparan

        trabaho ng nanay mo yun kaya madami ang nakadale…alam kung proud na proud ka sa nanay mong pokpok…wahahahahaha!

      • antonioluna

         hoy duwagis na bading pa para mapatunayan mong tunay kang lalakwe harapin mo ang mga kaso mo hehehe

      • Palparan

        hoy kumunistang bakla, ang nanay mo ay isang p0kp0k…wahahahaha!

      • antonioluna

        duwagis na gaya gaya harapin mo ang mga kaso mo bading ka

      • Palparan

        iyak ka na lng dyan bakla!…wahahahahaha!

      • antonioluna

        duwagis na gaya gaya harapin mo ang mga kaso mo bading ka

      • Palparan

        iyak ka na lng dyan bakla… waahahhaha!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MDXLKAW4OOT5YTT5P6IERKUJ74 Robert

      Dapat maunang tamaan yung nanay mong asal bakla na dila dila ang tarugo ng tatay mo sa kama! :)

      • Palparan

        wahahaha!

        nanay mo pala pokpok din ano?

        wahahahaha!

    • julymorning

      IKAW ANG NUMERO UNONG BAKLA, KASI TAGO KA NG TAGO. MATAPANG KALANG KASI MAY BARIL AT MGA TAUHAN KA NOON. PERO NGAYON, KAHIT TAGA TINDA NG BALUT O DYARYO AY KAYANG KAYA KANG SAPAKIN. PAYATOT NA UNGOY NA ETO. PWE, BADING KA NAMAN TALAGA E SABI NG MGA YAUHAN MONG SUNDALO

      • Palparan

        bakla ka nga! wahahahaha!

  • lt53

    respect and dignity trancend gender issues. i am happy about pres obama’s stand on same-sex marriage.

  • $20926843

    This policy statement of Pres Obama is a game changer in US politics but it may also reverberate around the civilized world including the Philippines. With the increasing population of these transgenders together with their tell tale and significant contribution to humanity’s culture, it is indeed very hard to ignore them and impale their civil rights.  And who would ignore that the tough looking former FBI Honcho and GI J. Edgar Hoover was recently unmasked as a gay person. Perhaps being gay or transgender is now part of the evolutionary path of humans and society is now compelled to accept it.

    • Hfxwst

      I doubt it is evolutionary, as it has been around forever.  

      I agree it is a game changer.  The religious groups will squawk, but there is no requirement for individual religious groups to allow marriage within their church, so they should just mind their own business/   Only the religious groups who have a misplaced sense of superiority and wrongly feel entitled, or who feel threatened, will try to have impact on government legislation.  Doubt that will have any impact in the USA,  they are not an intellectually weak country; and they are very clear about the separation of religion and government.

      • Rigoberto_Doronila

         US, with 30 out of 50 states banning same sex marriage in their constitutions, is NOT an intellectually weak country.

    • Rigoberto_Doronila

       FBI veterans (who actually knew J Edgar) just came up with a statement attacking Clint Eastwood’s movie allegations that Hoover was gay.
      Don’t believe everything you see in the movies.

    • julymorning

      UTOT MO. CGURO PINSAN MO SI PIOLA PASCUAL O SI CRISTIANA BAUTISTA NA MGA CLOSET QUEENS

  • bahog_itlog

    Mabuhay ang mga gurlaloh!

  • PHtaxpayer

    Some estimate there are 4 million gay Americans.  That’s a lot of voting power.  To me that’s not the problem.  The problem in America is sexual abuse and dysfunctional families.   I remember when I used to live there, this was this scandal in a upper middle-class pre-school where children were abused.

    • Hfxwst

      What is the link between same sex marriage, and sexual abuse and dysfunctional families?

      I think your estimate of 4 million is very very low –  Even 10% would bring in 26 million.  Plus about another 100 or so million who do not care –  that is huge voting power.  Smart politics,  it forces the Republicans out in the open, and their extremist views on gay, marriage, traditional families, rich getting richer – all extremist policies which the majority will find unacceptable.

      • julymorning

        KOREK KA DYAN PARE KOY. ANG RATIO NG MGA BADING SA AMERIKA AY 1 IS TO 5. MAUTAK TALAGA ANG UNGOY NA OBAMA NA ETO. PATI MGA ANAK NYA CGURO AY IBEBENTA PARA LANG MANALO SA ELEKSYON. DI KO ALAM BAKIT MASYADO UHAW SA PODER ANG PAYATOT NA UNGOY NA ETO. SAMANTALANG ANG KANYANG MGA KAPAMILYA SA AFRICA AY WALANG MAKAIN AT NANLILIMAHID SA DUNGIS KASI WALANG TUBIG.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GZNDBWZZMEGWMNAQKJCWQWEXPU Kenshinflyer

         LOL

  • Rigoberto_Doronila

    i don’t know that respect for homosexuals should include allowing them to get married, which, in almost all of the world’s dominant cultures, is limited to man and woman.
    the same way that respect for my teenage son should include letting him smoke pot.

    • Hfxwst

      Dominant cultures?  You mean like Canada?  Spain?  Belgium?  etc.

    • w33k3nd3r

      so your saying that equal rights– including state marriage for homosexuals is analogical as to a teenager being allowed to take drugs? That’s your rationale???

  • antonioluna

    mabuhay si palpa-run pwede na nyang pakasalan ang syota nyang kapwa nya bading kailangan nya lang magpunta sa tate pero huhulihin sya doon ng navy seal kaya malamang mangatog na naman sa takot ang duwagis hehehe

    • Palparan

      masaya ka sa news na ito bakla! pwede na kayong magpakasal ni abnoy… dali, punta na kayo sa amerika…wahahahaha!

      • antonioluna

        ikaw ang mas masaya dahil kahit batang lalaki binibiktima mo kadiri ka walang kang pinipili, ganyan ba talaga mga anak ng pokpok at hindi kilala ang tunay na tatay hehehe

      • Palparan

        grabe ka talaga sa kahayupan! pati batang lalaki binibiktima mo… anak ka talaga ng p0kp0k…

        wahahahaha!

      • antonioluna

         nyahahaha, hanggang gaya na lang ng linya ang kayang gawin ng mga duwagis na katulad mo, kung tunay kang lalaki harapin mo ang mga kaso mo duwagis na bading pa

      • Palparan

        linya mo nga yung maging isang kumunistang bakla at anak ng p0kp0k…wahahahaha!

      • antonioluna

         magpakalalaki ka duwagis na bading pa, harapin mo ang mga kaso mo

      • Palparan

        di ako dedebate sa iyo na ikaw ay isang kumunistang bakla at isang anak ng p0kp0k…wahahahahaha!

      • antonioluna

        duwagis na gaya gaya harapin mo ang mga kaso mo bading ka

      • Palparan

        iyak ka na lng dyan bakla… waahahhaha!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GZNDBWZZMEGWMNAQKJCWQWEXPU Kenshinflyer

    Obama says that because he’s seeing a potential four million voters…  Heh.

    Kung buhay pa sana si Kuya Pancho ko, malamang inaalaska na niya si Obama dahil d’yan.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GZNDBWZZMEGWMNAQKJCWQWEXPU Kenshinflyer

    Heh.  That’s it.  It’s the end of the world.  Run for your poopers.

  • Cruxofthematter

    America, there you are. You see what’s inside his brain and soul. He must not be reading his bible, the ultimate source of values where America is built upon. And these words coming from America’s no. 1 elected official. That shows how rotten the country is. Welcome, Sodom and Gomorrah. 

    • w33k3nd3r

      Your longevity is incredible! for someone like you, with a thought stream seemingly born in the 1600′s YET still alive today– and still able to go online and make angry comments about the progress of society as a global nation… Wow… Magpahinga ka na, ancient relic.

  • onin3

    How terribly disappointing. Barack Obama was believed to the hope of America. His entry to the presidency was perceived by many as freedom for America from the “shackles” of the Bush presidency. George Bush stood diametrically against stem cell research, calling it immoral and abomination to the ways of divine creation. He stood squarely against same-sex marriage. He stood by his christian roots. I did not think Mr. Obama would do otherwise.

    Let’s be clear. We can all respect gays, lesbians, transgenders and what have you. We should all respect their right to life and right to equal protection of the laws, as much as their right to equal opportunities in society. For as long as they live peacefully, are productive members of society and do not violate anyone, fine. After all, tao sila kagaya natin.

    But their right should not be brought to the level of extremities. It’s simple reason: same-sex marriage is ungodly, a sin against God. No amount of reasoning or rationalizing will ever justify any laws on same-sex marriage. There are limits to anyone’s right as much as there are parameters of decency that all of us, regardless of gender preferences, whatever race, must observe. These are universal values. Allowing gays to marry is simply anathema to the very concept of marriage among human beings. I doubt if Obama had decided out of the conviction of his own faith. His decision for sure, was never inspired by God.

    • Hfxwst

      Ungodly?  Only according to your religion,  and not all gays share your religion.  That is why the separation of church and state – so that one religious group cannot impose their particular beliefs on another.

      BTW –  If you are Catholic, did you know the same book of your Bible which calls gay sex abominable, also says it is OK to sell your daughter in slavery –  so what’s the going price for a catholic daughter?

      • onin3

        Thanks Hfxwst for your reply. I respect your views. No, I’m no Catholic. But then, too, I completely understand no one can, and should, impose one’s religion on someone else. But there are some truths we cannot just ignore in our desire for our rights to be recognized. Being homosexual is a choice. Science has not proved it to be anything genetic or biological. Homosexuality is a choice, and inclination to homosexuality could be at best sociological rather than genetic. I’ve stated already I have nothing, completely nothing about anyone’s gender preference. I myself would support any advocacy leading to universal understanding of anyone’s gender preference. There are so many gays I know who live productive lives and they are a lot better than anyone else I know. Those gays I know are peaceful and happy. In fact I don’t even mind what they do with their personal lives. While I oppose, on a personal basis, gay sex, and consider it a sin, I don’t mind any group of gays doing it, after all it’s their choice. To my mind, they alone are accountable to God for the kind of life they live, (whether they believe in a God or not). For as long as gays don’t pester anyone, or don’t do anyone injustice, fine.

        Yet universal values implicitly set parameters on how individuals should live. Christians or not, everyone is bound to these values. You live outside the scope of these values, you at least can expect a sanction. You cannot just say “I want to live this way and that way, and I don’t care how I will do it, and no one should care as well.” This is just unthinkable in a world of communities with differing sets of norms. If the kind of life
        you live is already tangentially opposed, or detrimental to the values a
        community holds dear, you might as well reconsider asserting your own right.

        Yes, let’s even discourse outside the realm of spirituality, or what yo
        call religion. Anthropologically, our concept of marriage has always been
        between biological male and biological female. Across cultures, this
        concept has been sustained and lived out, and we all grew up to see
        marriage this way. Yet in our crossover to postmodernism, there emerged
        sudden changes in the way some peoples thought, and would now want to
        radically alter cultural orientation by simply asserting their new found
        right. This radical shift engendered by a special group of people would
        result in a total change of our value system. Change in the sense that what
        we knew to be a system of marriage between man and a woman, would now be
        overhauled as to recognize marriage between man and man, woman and woman,
        transgenders or what have you. This, in my own opinion, is a no-no.

        That, without even invoking that the God, the universal God that we know
        (regardless of your faith), abhors such kind of union.

        But then again, I respect your views.

      • Hfxwst

        Thank you for your reply. Dealing with the facts is the basis of any discussion. The available evidence indicates homosexuality is not a “choice”, but a preference apparent from birth. It is not a learned behavior. One has to assume God is responsible for the manner in which someone is born. To call it a sin, would be both inaccurate, as well as defying God’s will –

        Gays are NOT a “special group of people”. They are your sons and daughters, uncles and aunts, cousins and neighbors. They have never asked to be treated special in any manner I know of. The only thing they have asked, and of late insisted upon is being treated as ordinary. Many religions and even some Christian religious sects accept and honor gays – your assumption of a “Universal God” abhoring homosexuality as a sin is incorrect – your prejudice is based on incorrect assumptions and your fact basis is incorrect.

      • onin3

         Thanks Hfxwst. There is absolutely nothing incorrect about my “assumptions.” They are not even “assumptions” but rather facts and truths. Research studies upon research studies in the fields of anthropology and social psychology support such a view. Choice and preference are not alien to each other. Both concepts entail an exercise of personal decision. You decide to choose something, as well as you decide to prefer something else. That’s why in  my previous reply I mentioned the phrase “gender preference.” God is never responsible for anyone’s disposition or will to choose. God has given each one wisdom to choose that which is right. I hope you don’t mind me quoting the Scriptures. In the book of Deuteronomy 20, God orients us about a range of choice brought forth upon us i.e. curse and blessing, death and life. God told us to choose LIFE. This means God already told us pointedly which to choose. It is now our decision whether to pick God’s prescription or to pick something else. The Bible is very clear about which God abhors, and which acts are honorable to God. (I don’t intend, though, to bring this discourse to the level of the Scriptures.) In the field of Social Psychology, preference or choice is predisposed by what is called as “Socialization Process”, which occurs during formative years from 0-12 years old. Anyone who will review behaviorists like John Watson and BF Skinner will realize that behavior is either learned or predisposed and choice or preference is a product of socialization process. Since homosexuality is not genetic or anything biological but a choice or preference, the socialization process is a vital factor in shaping, reconstructing, deconstructing, or reinforcing any choice or preference that a human being makes. Therefore, at an early stage, (even at prenatal stage, if we believe the cognitive development theory of Jean Piaget as against the tabula rasa of John Locke) any inclination for a particular choice or preference can actually be reoriented.

        But then again, I respect anyone’s choice, preference, or orientation. Only that asserting such preference should not result in drastically changing anything that is absolutely right in society. Marriage has always been between man and woman, and NEVER between man and man, woman and woman. And there is absolutely nothing wrong about this system. To change this system to accommodate the right of others for their preference will entail a total overhaul of our system. And I don’t think this is thinkable, the repercussions of this are even more unimaginable. Again, thank for this good exchange.

      • Hfxwst

        Clearly, your research scope is limited, as is your choice religious values. It is a diverse world, best to embrace it, rather than to remain ignorant of the fullness of life. Our social values included burning people at the stake, and believing the sun orbits around the earth, and religious leaders claimed biblical justification – it caused social upheaval to change those beliefs, but the world did not end as predicted.

      • onin3

        Thanks again Hxwst, it would have been better if you supported your claim that “[my] research scope is limited”, and if you rebutted my statements point by point, as much as I did. (I work in the scientific community and I can offer you studies upon studies of social scholars and natural scientists along the fields concerned. But this may now be immaterial to this discourse at this point.)

        There’s no fearing about changes, even if our search for change should result in “social upheaval.” The concept of change however emanates from the realization that something MUST be changed because it is either imperfect, counterproductive, or maladaptive to development or growth i.e. a prevailing system. Our value system about marriage, or our concept of it (which has been so even during primitive era) is between man and woman. There is absolutely nothing wrong about this system, not to mention that this is a universal value (even if anyone may refute this as a God-ordained value system with respect to marriage). Therefore, there is no need to change this system if only to accommodate the new found right of anyone, the engendering of such right might result in debunking, overhauling, and deconstructing an existing value system that has proved itself to be absolutely productive even as far as maintaining a social homeostasis is concerned. (For, the net effect of institutionalizing same-sex marriage will be totally counterproductive.)

        We have to remember there is no such thing as absolute right. There is
        limit to every right as much as there is limit to one’s assertion or
        exercise of one’s right.

        Anyway, thank you for this exchange with you. On my end, this has all been
        refreshing. God bless you.

      • Hfxwst

        Well, a quick google search proves you wrong. As well, current legislation in USA contemplates outlawing the attempts to “re-program” gays, as it is now accepted that the “condition” is normal and apparent at birth.

        I think you must be impaired by your religious beliefs; or the scientific community in which you work does not permit results to be determined by evidence, and if so, it is not a scientific community. Change is hard, I hope you make it.

      • onin3

        I don’t know what evidence you are saying, since you have not been mentioning them except for your generalizations. You can’t even refute my arguments point by point, hence your resort to generalizations. Change is most welcome when necessary. You don’t change anything that doesn’t beg for change. No, please don’t refer often to my “religious belief” as I have pointed it out here discussions on this issue should never be confined to one’s faith.That’s red herring. At any rate, I wish you well in your struggle to be recognized. In your way there, I hope you find the truth to set you free.

  • w33k3nd3r

    Equality and acceptance of the ‘alternative’ life style is a sign of progressive society. Seperation of Church and State must prevail.

    • antonioluna

       i agree and religions should only focus on spiritual matters, if they go behind that then all existing laws must be applied to them, they should be taxed with their businesses, they should be in jail after committing a crime.

  • Kalog

    Going down this slippery slope, how do you stop the next big debates?

    1. 10-year olds would demand that they too should get married.
    2. Brother and sister should also get married.
    3. Mother and son too should get married.
    4. Farmers would demand to marry their cows or dogs.
    5. Abortion on demand.
    6. People would demand to eat their babies.

    Until there are no taboos anymore.

    • Hfxwst

      What a stupid comment!  Please tell me you are not in a position of authority or have children of your own!

    • w33k3nd3r

      what if you were born in a planet where the homosexuals were the majority; how would you feel if you were just being yourself as heterosexual and majority called you TABOO?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AFDQQH2M3OD6ZGBJNJ34UZHIV4 Enrico

    Panahon ni Moses, binibigyan nya ng divorce certificate ang mag asawang gustong maghiwalay hindi dahil sa tama ito kundi dahil sa katigasan ng ulo ng mga Israelites. Ngayon OK lang na magkaroon ng same sex marriage di dahil ito ang tama. Maling mali ito sa turo ng Biblia tulad ng paghihiwalay ng mag asawa pero lahat tayo binigyan ng kalayaan magdesisyon para sa ating mga sarili. Desisyon sa pagsunod o pagsuway sa kagustuhan ng Manlilikha. Pero bawat desisyon na yan ay may karampatang parusa o gantimpala sa araw ng paghuhukom.  

  • w33k3nd3r

    Around forty or more years ago, mixing races were considered tantamount to communism. Seeing that today triggers us to perceive that which was as manifestations of hate. In forty years or less, those who see this (homosexual marriage) as an abomination, would either be dead because they are too old to understand or would swallow the yolk of truth that societies progress through time and nothing stops time; they were simply left behind by social progress.



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  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Barbie doll has a problem
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Las Vegas ‘Pinoy Pride’ fest hails Filipino heritage
  • Marking Jesus’ journey on Good Friday
  • Filipina accomplice arrested for fake bills in Malaysia
  • DoH denies Filipino nurse no longer positive for MERS virus
  • WHO warns vs spread of MERS-Cov, urges vigilance in taking precautions
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