- - Friday, May 18, 2012

The Obama campaign has been in damage-control mode since the president decided to acknowledge his support for same-sex marriage. As the New York Times reported, “About two hours after declaring his support for same-sex marriage last week, President Obama gathered eight or so African-American ministers on a conference call to explain himself.”

The efforts have been concentrated in arguing that this really changes nothing because this is just the president’s personal opinion. And although the sympathetic mainstream media will do everything in their power to toe the line in support of their hero, Americans should not give in to this deception.

President Obama has shown unbelievable arrogance when it comes to applying his personal opinion to public policy. To think he will do otherwise in this case would be foolish, to say the least.

Take the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which passed with overwhelmingly bipartisan support in both the House of Representatives (342-67) and the Senate (85-14). It was later signed into law by Democratic President Bill Clinton. Mr. Obama’s “personal” dislike of that law overrode all of that, and he has done everything in his power to undermine it.

Mr. Obama’s opinion apparently is the law of the land as far as he is concerned.

He even has forced the American people to spend their own tax dollars to fight against it in the courts. In the same manner that today he tries to make us believe that this is only his personal belief and that it will have no impact on policy, back in February 2011, when he ordered the Department of Justice to stop defending DOMA, the administration sold many on the idea that it simply would stop defending the law and nothing more.

But it lied.

Since then, Justice has been actively filing briefs against the law arguing that its enactment “was motivated in significant part by animus towards gays and lesbians.”

Bigotry. President Obama and his administration are going to court on our dime, to argue that Americans who supported the traditional definition of marriage through DOMA, including Mr. Clinton, were really motivated by animus toward homosexuals.

If he lied then, what can possibly makes us think his word is any better now?

We all know President Obama’s “personal” opinion on same-sex marriage will be all over his administration’s policy. It already is, from the repeal of the rules about gays in the military to domestic-partner benefits for federal employees to the promotion of homosexual activist judges in the courts.

The campaign is trying to sound the loudest trumpet about how the president’s “evolution” will have nothing to do with our religious freedom. Yet the president proudly appointed to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission renowned homosexual activist and former Georgetown law professor Chai Feldblum, who famously said, “I’m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win” against gay rights.

President Obama has completely sold out to this movement, and he has chosen to ignore the tenets of his faith on this issue. This is nothing new. That view has been promoted by many liberal activists, such as Dan Savage, who recently made headlines when he bullied Christian students at an “anti-bullying” speech. Here is how Mr. Savage pleaded with Christians to ignore their faith in that speech:

“We can learn to ignore the bull— in the Bible about gay people. The same way we have learned to ignore the bull— in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstruation, about virginity, about masturbation. We ignore bull— in the Bible about all sorts of things.”

The president himself, and the vice president, for that matter, both joined Mr. Savage’s “anti-bullying” campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth back in October 2010. And Mr. Savage has remained an insider, advising the White House on this issue with several widely reported visits.

There can be no question that now that the president has taken the leap of “faith” toward homosexual marriage, he will try to force everyone in America to do the same. As we have seen throughout his first term, he will act with or without the approval of Congress.

Mario Diaz is legal counsel for Concerned Women for America.

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