TOWN HALL: We have no time to talk gay marriage (poll)

WAYNE LAUGESEN Updated: May 10, 2012 at 12:00 am • Published: May 10, 2012

Our country is buried in debt, and no one can see a way out. Gas prices are flirting with $4 a gallon. Unemployment remains at more than 8 percent. Our government’s credit rating remains blemished. Young Americans are leveraged to the hilt by their government’s irresponsible spending, and at the same time they are on the verge of having to support nearly 80 million baby boomers who will become increasingly dependent on social benefits. If this economic cloud was a tsunami, we would run for our lives and wedding plans would have to wait.

The president of the United States should be in crisis mode, scrambling to figure something out. He should be slashing expenses and seeking new oil. He should be working to remove needless barriers to prosperity. He should be acting like he understands the crisis we are in.

Instead, President Barack Obama is talking gay marriage, as if he has the luxury to do so. He invited ABC News reporter Robin Roberts to the White House to hand her a scoop. For the first time in history, a sitting president offered his support for same-sex marriage. Whoopee!

Four years ago, Obama made it perfectly clear that he opposed same-sex marriage because he was a Christian.

“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman,” Obama said during a 2008 MTV interview. “I am not in favor of gay marriage.”

He made similar statements throughout the campaign.

We do not question the sincerity of Obama’s new position. It is fair for a man to change his mind. Reagan used to be pro-choice. Clinton used to be pro-life. Romney was pro-choice and says he changed his mind. This happens for political expedience and, we suppose, genuine changes of heart.

We don’t really care where Obama stands on same-sex marriage, or why. Marriage is a contract among consenting adults that should not require a yea or nay from government. We advocate getting states out of marriage. The president has no role in another person’s marriage.

So we ask ourselves: How can a statement of support for gay marriage help the president?

Answer: It is an engineered distraction. With this publicity stunt, Obama buys at least a week in which he will answer few questions about the economic crisis. It is the economy that threatens his chance of re-election, and he hasn’t a clue how to fix it.

Do you support President Obama's decision to favor gay marriage? Vote in poll to the right. Must vote to see results.

Meanwhile, Republicans in the Colorado Legislature inadvertently aided and abetted Democrats by filibustering a same-sex civil unions bill. In doing so, they handed Gov. John Hickenlooper the opportunity to extend a distraction by calling for a special legislative session in this key presidential swing state. Hickenlooper, who is good on economic issues, is a loyal Democrat who understandably will exploit this.

Our country’s economic viability is perilous, to say the least. This is no time for politicians to distract us with quarrels over who gets to marry whom. Let’s get back to real issues and demand that our political class fix the economic crisis they caused.

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