So then-State-Senate-candidate Barak Obama was 100% for gay marriage in 1996. After being elected, he became less supporting, answering that he was “undecided” on the issue in 1998. In 2004 he changed his mind and was no longer for the concept, saying he was “not a supporter.” In 2006 and 2007 he was evasive on the matter. In 2008 – no doubt coincidentally as he was campaigning for the Presidency – he firmly stated that marriage is the union between a man and a woman, period, no doubts expressed. After being elected President, he called for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, suddenly reversing his solid stance of less than a year earlier. And now, he’s 100% for the concept. Again. (See the timeline yourself at Politico.)
There is no way any serious individual can possibly look at this and not see the clear political calculation involved in the President’s flip-flopping on this issue. He takes whatever position he needs to at the time to gain what he sees as the maximum advantage at the moment. And the laughable notion that you can even refer to this blatant swinging whichever way the wind blows as “evolving” is just desperation on the part of his supporters. Tell me, was it “evolving” between 1996 and 2008 when his solid support went to absolute opposition?
I am curious, though, about how the support level for gay marriage is supposedly so high and yet these amendments keep passing by significant margins.