Till the elections do us part.
11 mayo, 2012
A tingling statement of world’s most powerful men, US president Barack Obama, has brought new momentum in the ongoing election campaign of the United States of America. He now officially supports same-sex marriage, what has been a controversial topic in the US over a long time.
By Alejandro Gonzalez, Deborah Jeggli, Jaime Carro and Susana Andres.
The US election campaigns let the candidates, as usual, run up to peak performance. This time in the middle of the running pre-elections, Barack Obama, has spoken out for same-sex marriage. This is the first time that a US-president openly advocates this issue. Gays and lesbian worldwide, for sure, very appreciate this act. Moreover young Americans seem to be very positively voted historical confession of world’s most powerful men. This at least can be pronounced through current polls.
He is opposite political opponent, the republican Mitt Romney, took this statement as an opportunity to reinforce the conservative party. He therefore reacted with a clear statement against same-sex marriage.
For a long time Obama also disapproved the legalisation of marriage between gay and lesbian couples. But, as he said, his attitude towards this topic has been developed. In an interview (shown above) with the ABC, Obama said: “At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that 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.” Furthermore Barack Obama said interviewed by Robin Roberts in the Cabinet Room at the White House: “I had hesitated on gay marriage in part because I thought that civil unions would be sufficient. I was sensitive to the fact that for a lot of people, the word marriage was something that invokes very powerful traditions and religious beliefs.” Although he added “I’ve always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally.”
Barack Obama’s clear opinion was initiated by an Interview of the US vice-president Joe Biden. He heralded that he would definitely agree with marriage of men and men women and women. This clear statement set a big media debate in motion. Gay and lesbian organizations worldwide asked Obama therefore for a plain expression about the issue.
Moreover voters in North Carolina confirmed a new law in large numbers for a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages, partnerships and civil unions. This way it became the 30th state in the US and the last in the South to include a prohibition on same-sex marriage in the state constitution. Besides the state of North Carolina is one of the most contested between democrats and republicans.
Therefore political observers in Washington expect the topic of same-sex marriage as becoming an essential topic on the elections campaign for the next US president. Especially the republicans, means the conservative, will show a strong resistance against Barack Obama’s new position. Nevertheless current survey shows a slight majority of voters supporting the same-sex marriage.
However the current US president Barack Obama pointed out that his statement just shows his personal opinion and will not have a further impact on his current political path. The elections in November 2012 will demonstration how meaningful this event will have been.