WASHINGTON - Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus released the following statement regarding Obama's gay marriage decision:
"While President Obama has played politics on this issue, the Republican Party and our presumptive nominee Mitt Romney have been clear. We support maintaining marriage between one man and one woman and would oppose any attempts to change that," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.
GOP Platform: Preserving Traditional Marriage
Because our children's future is best preserved within the traditional understanding of marriage, we call for a constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage as a union of a man and a woman, so that judges cannot make other arrangements equivalent to it. In the absence of a national amendment, we support the right of the people of the various states to affirm traditional marriage through state initiatives. Republicans recognize the importance of having in the home a father and a mother who are married. The two-parent family still provides the best environment of stability, discipline, responsibility, and character. Children in homes without fathers are more likely to commit a crime, drop out of school, become violent, become teen parents, use illegal drugs, become mired in poverty, or have emotional or behavioral problems. We support the courageous efforts of single-parent families to provide a stable home for their children. Children are our nation's most precious resource. We also salute and support the efforts of foster and adoptive families. Republicans have been at the forefront of protecting traditional marriage laws, both in the states and in Congress. A Republican Congress enacted the Defense of Marriage Act, affirming the right of states not to recognize same-sex marriages licensed in other states. Unbelievably, the Democratic Party has now pledged to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which would subject every state to the redefinition of marriage by a judge without ever allowing the people to vote on the matter. We also urge Congress to use its Article III, Section 2 power to prevent activist federal judges from imposing upon the rest of the nation the judicial activism in Massachusetts and California. We also encourage states to review their marriage and divorce laws in order to strengthen marriage. As the family is our basic unit of society, we oppose initiatives to erode parental rights.
(Washington, DC) – Log Cabin Republicans respond to President Barack Obama’s latest evolution on the freedom to marry.
“That the president has chosen today, when LGBT Americans are mourning the passage of Amendment One, to finally speak up for marriage equality is offensive and callous,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director. “Log Cabin Republicans appreciate that President Obama has finally come in line with leaders like Vice President Dick Cheney on this issue, but LGBT Americans are right to be angry that this calculated announcement comes too late to be of any use to the people of North Carolina, or any of the other states that have addressed this issue on his watch. This administration has manipulated LGBT families for political gain as much as anybody, and after his campaign’s ridiculous contortions to deny support for marriage equality this week he does not deserve praise for an announcement that comes a day late and a dollar short.”
Washington, D.C. - Family Research Council (FRC) said today that President Barack Obama's endorsement of same-sex "marriage" is disappointing but not surprising.
In an interview with ABC News today, Mr. Obama announced that he now supports legalizing same-sex marriage. It was the second time in his career that Mr. Obama has appeared to reverse course on the issue. In 1996, as a candidate for the Illinois State Senate, Mr. Obama endorsed same-sex marriage. But since winning national office--first as a U.S. Senator, and then as President--Mr. Obama had said that such couples should have access to all the legal rights and benefits of marriage through "civil unions," but that "marriage" should remain defined as the union of a man and a woman.
FRC President Tony Perkins issued the following statement:
"The President's announcement today that he supports legalizing same-sex marriage finally brings his words in sync with his actions. From opposing state marriage amendments to refusing to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DoMA) to giving taxpayer funded marriage benefits to same-sex couples, the President has undermined the spirit if not the letter of the law.
"As demonstrated by yesterday's overwhelming vote in North Carolina, redefining marriage remains outside the mainstream of American politics, especially in the critical battleground states and among minority voters. In North Carolina, the amendment received more than 60 percent of the vote in majority-black counties.
"Considering that ten of the sixteen battleground states have marriage amendments that could be overturned by the President's new policy position on marriage, today's announcement almost ensures that marriage will again be a major issue in the presidential election.
"The President has provided a clear contrast between him and his challenger Mitt Romney. Romney, who has signed a pledge to support a marriage protection amendment to the U.S. Constitution, may have been handed the key to social conservative support by President Obama."
CAROL STREAM, Ill., May 9, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- In the wake of North Carolina's overwhelming vote to approve a state constitutional amendment that defines marriage as the institution of one man, one woman, President Barack Obama has announced that he now supports redefining marriage to include homosexual partners.
Obama admits that he "has been going through an evolution on this issue." If that is the case, I'd like to know if his thinking could soon evolve to include plural, incestuous, and adult-child marriages. If Obama has flipped-flopped in his thinking on this issue, it isn't a stretch to believe that further redefinition of marriage is possible.
"Perhaps the most disturbing part of his announcement is how he frames the issue," said IFI Executive Director David E. Smith. "Obama explains that 'I've always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally...' Of course, all of us are for fair and equal treatment for every American -- including those who self-identify as homosexual. But fairness and equality does not include legally elevating same-sex relationships to the same level of the God ordained institution of marriage," Smith explained. "They are simply not equal."
"And the notion that homosexual partners are somehow being denied the freedom to live as they wish, is absurd," continued Smith. "Homosexuals have the liberty to have a relationship with any consenting adult (or adults) they wish. No one is stopping them. Taking these relationships into the public square demanding that we change public policy, create special laws, and change the very definition of marriage is intolerable."
"Simply eliminating an entire gender from the picture and still calling it 'marriage' is not a mere redefinition of the institution, but rather the destruction of a core building block of society," concludes Smith.