President Barack Obama didn’t evolve his views on same-sex marriage, he had supported it for years, his long time political adviser David Axelrod claims, CNN reported today. The claim about the president’s same-sex marriage views, which has lead to some calling it a lie, comes from the book Believer: My Forty Years in Politics by Axelrod.
“Gay marriage was a particularly nagging issue. For as long as we had been working together, Obama had felt a tug between his personal views and the politics of gay marriage,” CNN reports Axelrod writing about the president’s same-sex marriage lie.
“Opposition to gay marriage was particularly strong in the black church, and as he ran for higher office, he grudgingly accepted the counsel of more pragmatic folks like me, and modified his position to support civil unions rather than marriage, which he would term a ‘sacred union.'”
Some are calling it a lie because Obama had stated his opposition to legalizing same-sex marriage when he first ran for president in 2008, but by 2012 Obama’s views, he claimed, had evolved and he announced his support of same-sex marriage. Obama’s public stance against same-sex marriage, before he announced in 2012 his views had evolved, showed what Axelrod called the “recurring tension between Obama the idealist and Obama the politician,” suggesting that Obama’s lie opposing same-sex marriage was done for political reasons, because he feared losing support in the 2008 election from supporting it.
Time magazine is characterizing the president’s so-called lie about same-sex marriage as a matter of the president misleading the nation on the issue.
“Barack Obama misled Americans for his own political benefit when he claimed in the 2008 election to oppose same sex marriage for religious reasons, his former political strategist David Axelrod writes in a new book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics,” Time reported about the president’s ‘lie’ about same-sex marriage.
When Barack Obama ran for a seat in the Illinois State Senate in 1996, he answered an questionnaire on the issue, saying “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.” But in 2008, when asked about the issue by Pastor Rick Warren at the Saddleback Church, Obama said “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman.”
The public just didn’t hear Obama’s opposition to same-sex marriage once, the Huffiington Post has documented 16 times it says the president told the lie about the issue. The article lists all those instances of Obama’s lie that took place in public statements from 1998 up to June 27, 2011. On that day, Dan Pfeiffer stated “The president has never favored same-sex marriage” and White House press secretary said the president “believes that (same-sex marriage) is for the states to decide.”
Barack Obama pretended he opposed same-sex marriage during the 2008 campaign, is how the Inquisitr reported earlier on Obama’s lie about opposing same-sex marriage. The Inquisitr noted how Vice President Joe Biden had “spilled the beans” on Obama’s evolving views on on the issue just before the president officially announced his stance favoring same-sex marriage in 2012.
[Image of protesters supporting same-sex marriage from the Atlantic magazine’s online article about the story.]