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Obama's 'Cynicism' on Gay Marriage

Marshall Art Wrote: May 13, 2012 4:33 PM
I see a major difference with this comparison. I don't know if Lincoln can be said to have been in favor of slavery at any point in his life. Perhaps he was, but I've not heard or read that. What his position on the subject was did not reflect his personal opinion on slave owning, but on what should be done about slavery in the states where it existed. Even in Chapman's piece, it implies that Lincoln felt the institution would die out on its own without gov't forcing the issue. Thus, there's nothing to suggest that he ever hoped to support it or defend it. Obama, on the other hand, had stated his support for it, then changed and now has changed back to where everyone, on both sides of the political divide, knew he was the whole time.

President Barack Obama's critics have a point in criticizing his handling of the gay marriage issue as evasive, politically devious and lacking in principle. I hate to say it, but it's bad enough to qualify as Lincolnesque.

Abraham Lincoln is remembered today for freeing the slaves. But he didn't start out with that policy, and he didn't get there quickly. He reached his ultimate position only by slowly and painfully "evolving" -- while blacks waited and suffered in bondage.

When he came out for same-sex marriage, Obama won praise from gays, liberals and libertarians who have supported same-sex marriage all along....