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James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal: But in reading the coverage of Obama’s same-sex marriage announcement last week, we’ve been struck by how much even news reporters seem to have given up evenhandedness to propagandize on behalf of one side of a divisive social issue. The most interesting aspect of this propaganda is that it seeks to deliver two contrary messages: that Obama’s declaration was a great act of courage and that it entails no political risk.
“Gay marriage gives Romney chance to fire up base: Obama stand seen risking states he carried in ‘08″
Washington Times: “I think the president this past week took six or seven states he carried in 2008 and put them in play with this one ill-conceived position that he’s taken,” American Values President Gary Bauer said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
NY Times: 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. He had struggled with the decision, he said, but had come to believe it was the right one.
LA Times: Both President Obama’s campaign and gay activists reject the idea that his endorsement of same-sex marriage was tied to fundraising. But there’s no doubt that the community’s influence has broadened.
ABC (Jim Campbell appears in the video) (5/9/12): But Jim Campbell with the Alliance Defense Fund doesn’t see it that way. For the organization fighting to keep marriage between a man and a woman, President Obama’s comment was a big surprise. “It is really surprising because in the past President Obama has so firmly spoken about how fatherless homes harm children in society, yet today’s statement is a contradiction that would create even more fatherless and motherless homes,” Campbell said.
Byron Babione at Townhall: And because North Carolina is the 31st state to implement such a constitutional-grade protection, President Obama’s announcement simply proves how out of sync he is with the desires and convictions of the American people.
Human Events: After regaling a group of environmentalists last week on military initiatives to pursue biofuels and prepare for climate change, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta advanced another tenet of a far-left military agenda Wednesday when he appeared at a forum to push for ratification of the United Nations Law of the Sea Treaty. The treaty would create an international regime of law to dictate actions and activities on and in the oceans
Weekly Standard: But what this might actually mean in terms of policy is a little murkier. Perhaps most pressing is the issue of a so-called “nondiscrimination executive order” that gay-rights groups have been pushing. The president has refused—and continues to refuse—to sign it.
Jonathan Adler: President says leave marriage to states while arguing it violates Federal Equal Protection
Janathan Adler at The Volokh Conspiracy: Yet if DOMA is unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause, then how could any state law barring recognition of same-sex marriages survive constitutional scrutiny? In other words, while the President says he believes that states should be allowed to reach “different conclusions at different times” on the question of same-sex marriage, the administration’s legal position is that a state’s refusal to treat opposite-sex and same-sex couples alike is unconstitutional. So while the President may say he’d like to leave this question to the states, that’s an option his administration has already taken off the table.
Washington Times: Steve Aden, a lawyer for the Alliance Defense Fund, pointed to several cases in which courts upheld the ability of states to choose to whom they will award funds. “These states stand on solid legal footing,” he said. “What the Obama administration is doing is a good job of blowing a lot of smoke and raising a lot of confusion about the legality of these bills.”
Alan E. Sears at National Review Online: Until the last few years, humanity was united on the purpose and the goodness of marriage. That is still largely the case, but unfortunately, well-funded cultural and political elites, including the ones attacking marriage today, are attempting to monopolize the cultural conversation. It’s a conversation in which we who recognize the truth about marriage and want to protect marriage — as the people of North Carolina just did — will continue to engage.
Baptist Press: Jim Campbell, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund — which defends traditional marriage laws — said Obama’s announcement could negatively impact families. “The president has spoken eloquently about how fatherless homes often hurt children and society,” Campbell said. “Today’s statement is a tragic contradiction that promotes the creation of even more fatherless and motherless homes.”
AP: President Barack Obama’s announcement Wednesday that he supports gay marriage boosted the hopes of gay rights groups around the world that other leaders will follow his example.
Ryan T. Anderson and Thomas Messner at the Heritage Foundation: Sure, when running for Senate in 2004, Obama said that “marriage is between a man and a woman.” And when campaigning for the presidency in 2008, he restated that view and also claimed he did “not support gay marriage.” The truth, however, is that President Obama has repeatedly done and said things that directly undermine marriage as one man and one woman.
Ryan T. Anderson, Robert P. George & Sherif Girgis at National Review: At least President Obama is not dissembling anymore about his views on marriage. And even though we consider his support of redefining marriage a deep error, he has done the nation a favor by revealing the truth about his position. So did the vice president, days earlier, when he opined about “the simple proposition” that “this is all about” — “what all marriages, at their root, are about.” That is, the administration has created a long-awaited and much-needed platform for a national discussion of the core issue in the debate: What is marriage? Consider two competing views:
Julie Pace One News Now (AP): Jim Campbell, litigation staff counsel with Alliance Defense Fund, sees obvious contradiction in the president’s announcement today. “This shows that the Obama administration doesn’t understand the public purpose of marriage. Marriage — the lifelong, faithful union of one man and one woman — is the building block of a thriving society. It’s not something that politicians should attempt to redefine for political purposes. “The president has spoken eloquently about how fatherless homes often hurt children and society. Today’s statement is a tragic contradiction that promotes the creation of even more fatherless and motherless homes.
Lisa Leff at Mercury News (AP): The Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal organization that is defending Proposition 8 in court, said Wednesday that the president’s position “shows that the Obama administration doesn’t understand the public purpose of marriage.” “Marriage—the lifelong, faithful union of one man and one woman—is the building block of a thriving society. It’s not something that politicians should attempt to redefine for political purposes,” staff counsel Jim Campbell said.
LA Times: An anti-gay marriage group, Alliance Defense Fund, released a statement saying Obama “doesn’t understand the public purpose of marriage.” “Marriage — the lifelong, faithful union of one man and one woman — is the building block of a thriving society,” said litigation staff counsel Jim Campbell. “It’s not something that politicians should attempt to redefine for political purposes. The president has spoken eloquently about how fatherless homes often hurt children and society. Today’s statement is a tragic contradiction that promotes the creation of even more fatherless and motherless homes.”
Penney Young Nance at Fox News: A recent national survey, commissioned by the Alliance Defense Fund and completed by Public Opinion Strategies, revealed that 62 percent of Americans believe “marriage should be defined only as a union between one man and one woman.” Again, every time the American people have had a chance to vote, they vote to uphold the traditional definition of marriage.
Washington Times: Religious conservatives also were critical, with Jim Campbell, litigation staff counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, saying the announcement “shows that the Obama administration doesn’t understand the public purpose of marriage. Marriage — the lifelong, faithful union of one man and one woman — is the building block of a thriving society.”
Christian Institute: Religious liberty group the Alliance Defense Fund said marriage is not “something that politicians should attempt to redefine for political purposes”.
AZFamily.com (includes video): Valley attorney Jim Campbell from the Alliance Defense Fund told 3TV he thinks this will shape up to be a big issue leading up to the election. “The American people are concerned about the issue of marriage,” Campbell said. “They want it to remain the union of a man and a woman.” The Alliance Defense Fund fights against gay marriage nationwide. We asked if Obama’s announcement in support of gay couples will make that fight more difficult. “This is one politician’s view about what he seemingly wants to redefine as marriage. But Americans across the country want to protect the union between man and woman.”
Tulsa World: Oklahoma is one of 30 states that has a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, according to an Alliance Defense Fund website that advocates for a ban on same-sex marriages.
USCCB: However, we cannot be silent in the face of words or actions that would undermine the institution of marriage, the very cornerstone of our society. The people of this country, especially our children, deserve better.
CNN’s Responses to Obama’s marriage announcement includes this: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus: “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 …
The president has spoken eloquently about how fatherless homes often hurt children and society. Today’s statement is a tragic contradiction that promotes the creation of even more fatherless and motherless homes.
Examiner.com: A labor union with strong ties to President Obama is helping make the Occupy Wall Street movement a more permanent fixture in the nation’s capital, moving Occupy DC into office space the group can use to organize and grow through the presidential election.
Huffington Post:President Obama is expected to address gay marriage in an exclusive ABC News interview with Robin Roberts on Wednesday.
LA Times: Speaking from his office in Washington, D.C., Human Rights Campaign communications director Fred Sainz said the president’s expected comments could be the end to his “evolving” views on the issue. “I think the term ‘evolving’ implies constant motion with an end. I think at some point, the evolution has to end,” Sainz said. “I’m hopeful that it will be today.”
Washington Post: A review of Obama’s top bundlers–those who have brought in $500,000 or more for the campaign–shows that about one in six publicly identify themselves as gay. His overall list of bundlers also includes a number of gay couples who have wed in jurisdictions where same-sex marriage was legal.
San Francisco Chronicle: White House press secretary Jay Carney just told reporters to watch for President Obama to clarify his “evolving” position on same sex marriage . . . Look for a statement no later than Obama’s New York City fundraiser with Ricky Martin May 14, targeting the gay community . . .
Examiner.com: On May 1st, President Barack Obama signed a new Executive Order which opens the door for the United States to give up economic and environmental sovereignty through the promotion of a single international regulatory system.
San Francisco Chronicle: As President Obama struggles with the politics of gay issues at home, his administration is drawing cheers from human rights groups for its commitment to gay rights around the globe.
Christian Post: “Look, I just think that the good news is that as more and more Americans come to understand what this is all about, it’s a simple proposition: Who do you love? Who do you love? And will you be loyal to the person you love? And that’s what people are finding out, is what all marriages at their root are about, whether they’re marriages of lesbians or gay men or heterosexuals,” Biden said.
National Journal: Vice President Joe Biden stopped short on Sunday of pledging to legalize gay marriage should President Obama win a second term. “That’s what I believe. I am vice president of the United States of America, the president sets the policy,” he said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “I am absolutely comfortable with men marrying men, women marrying women.”
John Yoo: Litigating for Terrorists: The Obama Admin refused to defend me, now reverse the political polarities
John Yoo at the Wall Street Journal (via Google): The Obama administration refused to defend me against the lawsuit filed for José Padilla. Now even the liberal Ninth Circuit agrees the suit was frivolous.
The Hill: President Obama leads presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the critical battleground state of Virginia, according to a Washington Post poll released on Thursday. Obama leads Romney 51 percent to 44 percent, according to the poll.
LifeNews: Leading pro-life advocates rallied this morning at the White House for forced abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng, who may be close to heading to the United States if China approves an application for him to study here. At least one pro-life advocate was arrested.
The Hill: Observers said the U.S. and China will both be looking for a way out of the diplomatic fight that allows both sides to save face . . . Willson said he expected the situation to quickly be resolved given the two nations’ mutual dependence. The two countries are tied at the hip economically – China is America’s second-largest trading partner and is the largest single holder of U.S. government debt – and China’s support is needed to get anything done in the UN.
Life News: During an emergency hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives about the tenuous situation of forced abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng in China, pro-life Congressman Chris Smith said he has been prevented from visiting China and was not allowed to talk to Chen while he was at the U.S. Embassy.
Religion Clause Blog: President Obama has issued a Presidential Proclamation (full text) declaring tomorrow to be a National Day of Prayer . . .
Washington Post: A new White House report that offers guidance on public/private partnerships between the government and faith-based groups leaves critical questions unanswered and does not resolve the issue of religious groups’ ability to discriminate in hiring and firing, church-state watchdogs said.
Metro Weekly: On Friday, April 27, Stuart Ishimaru stepped down from his post as one of five commissioners on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The bipartisan panel is responsible for enforcing federal nondiscrimination laws, including issuing the April 20 decision that an employer who discriminates against an employee or applicant on the basis of the person’s gender identity is violating the prohibition on sex discrimination contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Religion Clause Blog: Last Friday, the White House issued the Recommendations of the Interagency Working Group on Faith-Based and Other Neighborhood Partnerships (full text) which provides federal agencies with guidance on carrying out Executive Order 13559 (Nov. 17, 2010)– the executive order that adopted a number of recommendations of the President’s faith-based task force.
LifeNews: Likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney called on President Barack Obama today to provide any diplomatic protection possible for Chinese forced abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng, who escaped house arrest this past week.
LifeNews: An Obama administration official today would not say whether the Obama administration plans to provide political asylum or some sort of other diplomatic protection for Chen Guangcheng, the forced abortion opponent in China.
Washington Post: Since the beginning of his term, state and local governments have shed 611,000 employees — including 196,000 educators — according to government statistics.
FRC Washington Update: For now, it looks like the nanny goat state is on hold. After U.S. farmers, FRC, and other groups hollered our disapproval over new rules, the Labor Department finally relented. The regulations, which would have dictated children’s chore charts, were so overbearing that teenagers would have needed Washington’s approval to operate a power washer.
One News Now: “Students of all shapes, sizes and types all face bullying,” Cortman notes. “The glaring question is why does this bill only protect students regarding bullying as it pertains to their sexual orientation?” . . . “The problem is that the president shouldn’t be politicizing the issue of bullying solely to benefit those wishing to indoctrinate children regarding homosexual behavior,” the ADF attorney contends. “These [types] of policies should broadly prohibit bullying against all students, regardless of the reason for the bullying.” [more]
CNSNews: “Two years ago, we made history together by finally passing health reform,” said Mrs. Obama. “And because we passed this law, insurance companies will now have to cover basic preventive care–things like prenatal care, mammograms, contraception–at no extra cost.”
Washington Times: Two weeks of protests, from July 21 to July 4 have been called by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops which has sought to end the administrations’s contraception mandate, among other policies.
Baptist Press: Perhaps trying to send a message to gay activists who want him to do more, President Obama’s re-election website has posted a timeline of 40 specific accomplishments his administration has made for the gay community — a timeline that no doubt will be referenced both by his supporters and opponents in the coming months
One News Now: “This case is challenging President Obama’s executive order to really ignore the federal law that protects American tax dollars from being used to destroy human embryos and goes ahead and has funded millions and millions of dollars’ worth of destructive research,” Bowman shares.
Newsmax: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says President Barack Obama’s political machine is pulling out all the stops to defeat him in the pivotal June 5 recall election — a race that could determine the future of many efforts around the country to curb runaway government spending.
Michael Stokes Paulsen: The Unprecedented, Extraordinary, Anti-democratic, Activist Power of Judicial Review
Michael Stokes Paulsen at Public Discourse: President Obama’s recent quips about “judicial activism” do not amount to arguments. They are shallow sloganeering.
NY Post: Call it President Obama’s Committee for the Re-Election of the President — a political slush fund at the Health and Human Services Department. Only this isn’t some little fund from shadowy private sources; this is taxpayer money, redirected to help Obama win another term. A massive amount of it, too — $8.3 billion. Yes, that’s billion, with a B.
MSNBC: One Saturday last fall, President Obama interrupted a White House strategy meeting to raise an issue not on the agenda. He declared, aides recalled, that the administration needed to more aggressively use executive power to govern in the face of Congressional obstructionism.
ACLU: Earlier this afternoon, following a screening of the documentary Bully at the White House, the Obama administration officially endorsed the Student Non-Discrimination Act. The Student Non-Discrimination Act would provide LGBT students.
LifeNews: The Obama administration has hired the former top spokeswoman for the Planned Parenthood abortion business as deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Nineteen Sixty-Four Blog: Today, Pew released results that also show a tight race with a slim lead for President Obama. It is still a long, long time before any of these polls are predictive of anything. But as a first look, the Obama campaign might be second guessing some of their recent decisions that may have alienated religious voters. (see the chart)
Daniel Henninger at the Wall Street Journal: The differences between America in 1936 and America 76 years later hardly matter. In a time of genuine economic anxiety, as now, Team Obama has chosen a plausible strategy: During tough times, the government will be there for you.
Washington Times: But the most explosive allegation in the news story comes from former Democratic congressman Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Ted Kenney, who calls what the Obama White House is doing “quid pro quo.”
Washington Times: Escalating a simmering constitutional feud, Senate Republicans on Tuesday said they’re joining a lawsuit against President Obama’s January recess appointments, which were made even as Senate Republicans said they were still in session.
CNSNews: Although he has served less than a term, Obama is now the first American president to see the federal government’s debt increase by more than $5 trillion during his time in office.
Education News: “Budgets are about choices,” stated President Obama in recent remarks to governors about his massive fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget request. Nothing more clearly demonstrates the Administration’s priorities than Obama’s decision to once again place the successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP) on the chopping block while simultaneously growing the Department of Education’s (DOE) budget more than any other federal agency. In so doing, President Obama is showing low-income D.C. families that his priority is maintaining the unacceptable status quo . . .
National Organization for Marriage Demands Criminal Investigation: Stolen Tax Return Came From the IRS
NOM: “The American people are entitled to know how a confidential tax return containing private donor information filed exclusively with the Internal Revenue Service has been given to our political opponents who also happen to be co-chairing President Obama’s reelection committee.”
Nina Shea at National Review: This violence comes out of the growing community of Salafi Muslims, adherents of the radical brand of Islam that is Saudi Arabia’s official doctrine and which Saudi Arabia exports throughout the Sunni world. We’ve also come to expect the willful blindness of the Obama administration about the religious implications of these horrific events. Last weekend’s Easter Sunday was no exception.