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Are Americans Being Duped?

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The Presidents double-speak on traditional marriage makes for a strange fight.


Once again supporters of traditional marriage are making their voice heard and their presence felt. But this time, in a most unusual place…the Inauguration of Barack Obama.


In an article on the Christian Post website, and picked up by the Alliance Defense Fund, it was reported that nearly 3 out of 4 people were in favor of traditional marriage; and they showed their support by agreeing to wear “Preserve Traditional Marriage” gear. Over 37,000 people agreed to wear the declarative gear being passed out by Public Advocate, while only 12,000 refused.


And yet what is most shocking about this story is the fact the President Obama is a decidedly strong supporter of same-sex marriage. Though he has publicly said he does not support same-sex marriage, his voting record says otherwise, not to mention the people he is installing in key positions within his administration.


We must also consider where President Obama stands on current marriage protection legislation.


While on the campaign trail, President Obama, in an interview on Hardball, and at the Saddleback Forum with Pastor Rick Warren, said that he opposed same-sex marriage, believed marriage was to be defined as the union of one man and one woman, and said it was the individual states’ right to decide the matter and not the federal government. Here are his exact words:


“I’m not in favor of gay marriage, but I’m in favor of a very strong civil union” (Click here for video). 

“I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman.  For me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union…this matter has been settled by the states, and not the Federal Government.” (Click here for video).


So it stands to reason that President Obama would be highly in favor of and support the federal DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), signed into law by former President Bill Clinton, right? But read what Obama has said about DOMA:


“For the record, I opposed DOMA in 1996.  It should be repealed and I will vote for its repeal on the Senate floor.  I will also oppose any proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gays and lesbians from marrying. 


What doesn’t make sense, aside from the fact that Obama’s voting record and statements from years past don’t agree with what was said on the campaign trail, is that thousands of Americans who support traditional marriage are also supporting President Obama.


Could it be that the American people are being duped? Are we seeing a large scale fleecing of the citizenry in order to accomplish some specific political goals? The idea certainly bears some scrutiny.


One thing is for certain, the battle for traditional marriage is just getting started and we must fight vigilantly in order to see it protected. Even the website says that President Obama believes we need to repeal DOMA. So we must continue to contact our state representatives and firmly stand on our belief that marriage is a sacred union between one man and one woman and that children deserve to be raise by both of their biological parents.


To date thousands of e-mails have been sent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s website in support of traditional marriage. And many more thousands need to be sent. We cannot allow the loud voices of the minority few silence the voices and overshadow the will of the majority.      


Further Food for Thought:

Traditional Marriage, Family Still Held Dearly

What to Expect from President-Elect Obama on Same-Sex Marriage and Homosexuality in 2009

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Written by Nathan Cherry

January 30, 2009 at 3:41 pm

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