President Obama supports same-sex marriage
What does announcement mean for his reelection bid?
- Duration 9:09
- Date May 9, 2012
What does announcement mean for his reelection bid?
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As a result Fox News has learned that the White House -- this announcement which was originally slated to take place they claimed -- before the Democratic Convention in other words.
This was all about politics as usual not principle joining me now with reaction all this.
Is Fox News political analyst Juan Williams and the author of the number one New York Times best seller culture of corruption.
Right let's go.
First to the president when I was in front -- a very different audience now and -- -- Of course pastor Warren Rick Warren and he was asked the question let's play.
I believe that marriage.
-- a union between a man any woman I -- not somebody -- promote same sex marriage.
I am not in favor of gay marriage I'm in favor of civil unions.
What I believe is that is that marriage is between a man and a woman.
Right now let's let's look at the different positions on Paper here because he's had multiple positions that are pretty short period of time in 1996 he favored and in 1998 he was undecided in 2004.
He was opposed 2008 opposed.
Now he supports.
It sounds like earmarks sounds like lobbyists sounds like cutting the deficit in half -- this president group.
Can't make up his -- very well on these things -- want what's the problem.
Well I think the country is evolving that's -- by the country I am using.
Well I think he I think initially viewed as you rightly say that I care about -- country I don't care about the country's position I'm asking about his position -- -- that I understood what you -- and I wasn't gonna attack you.
But I mean he can back in 96 -- say that he favored.
Gay marriage then he changed and I think he changed because of the political temperatures.
But you know what I think the whole country has changed so I don't necessarily see -- -- anything that's.
You know an indictment of him for saying hey look -- you know -- he says it did it today in the statement that he has staff who are.
Married in gay marriages and he finds them involved -- it as strong loving commitment he says his kids come home.
And they have children with them who come from parents who were gay and you know -- -- there's offers strong homes the children I think much of America you look at the polls most Americans now.
Favor gay marriage Vice President Cheney in his own -- he favors gay marriage.
Yeah I won't let let's go to the states this issue.
Michelle it's -- marks its lobbyists it's cutting the deficits in half it's NASA it's where the 9/11 not trials will be held luckily Sheikh Mohamed it's super pac ads and as a matter of fact crossroads came out what a great and talking about Obama the flip flop for let's -- it.
It's a plan that -- never want to take responsibility for meeting mr.
Nelson and everyone.
Including employers and individuals.
Remember it was a solution you know we can try -- to solve homelessness by mandating everybody in my house system where every American bears responsibility.
For owning health insurance and what you're gonna do about you know you're gonna find them.
Are you -- garnish your wages for you don't have an individual mandate or whatever -- Government does not force.
Taxpayers to my helpers -- -- that we won't penalize them consumption.
I disagree without them we do have a philosophical.
-- -- -- -- Pretty interesting Michelle lewd scene -- the Democrats wanted to say that Mitt Romney flip flops but this president -- talks a lot.
You -- to take this curse you -- an intellectually dishonest leap to defend.
The president's positions.
On this issue when so many others.
Because every position that Barack Obama takes is an evolutionary composite.
Of dozens of poll tested -- campaign donor approved.
Positions and that's what's really driving this it's all about politics and it's all about money.
Once again he's leading behind because of these so called gas.
That Joseph Biden had to make and then walk back and I wonder what Barack Obama now thinks of Joseph Biden after he walked back the position that Obama has now adopted.
And for all of the Democrats attacking.
Mitt Romney has an action sketched -- What does Barack Obama to means like a lava lamp and there's all these globs of shape -- spineless feckless policy that all sort of heat up and move around.
-- and that the campaign season heats up.
And and you look at his positions and and you listen to why I'm talking about well the country has grown and matured.
And I think more than anything else what the media media reaction shows is just what water -- they are this is given the double standards between Mitt Romney's changing positions.
And up Barack Obama's used.
Or his evolution on this issue -- -- a -- -- Mehmet I've met most of these words and and what does got to ask Juan and all intellectual honesty.
I could no longer disown Reverend Wright.
-- I can the black community.
What -- Reverend Wright does he in other words basically anything political.
He's gonna shift and he's gonna move when he's gonna.
I think he's -- -- is easily and I think there are political players look there's he's a political player but I think there's no problem understanding Barack Obama's position.
He's a guy who held -- -- not and Don't Ask Don't Tell in the military is again guided said I'm not I'm not gonna stand up and have my Justice Department.
I support the defense and force the defense of marriage act.
That would ban gay marriage across the country Mitt Romney is the guy now who say.
He is only.
Wore a federal law that would say no gay marriage pres Obama says the states can make your own client I think -- Obama isn't much better position on the president's job.
Other you know -- I don't.
Let's talk let's talk about that because now Barack Obama.
And -- again -- -- let's talk about.
Okay what toll is he now I would say it's Silly Putty okay because he's trying to stretch every position to make everybody happy of course and now while he says that he personally supports.
Gay marriage that he's all for states' rights well.
He's not on states' rights when it comes to voter ID and when it comes to passing immigration enforcement and -- generally like to hear it out if I certainly would.
I didn't hear about his State's rights position on abortion referenda.
As well I guess this is that's -- -- -- we're talking about here Michelle and Michelle the idea that Barack Obama.
It thin line overall majority because the moment the majority of the American people I don't understand it when I'm president chilled when a politician is we -- to return -- -- I thought you would be great news.
32 states have put the issue of marriage on the ballot -- to constitutional.
Amendment and 32 states and have voted what did you -- President traditional.
-- -- Except president yeah.
And respects that finish your -- your act you're ignoring -- why did you hear a bit bit yeah we're listening to herself support gay -- tell yourself you started this debate talking about how America has grown and shifted and Barack Obama is merely mere worrying where the country hits and I'm pointing out team that 32 states.
In this country have supported.
Protecting the traditional definition of marriage if you don't -- what -- at a -- -- Michelle that fifty plus percent of Americans support the idea of gay marriage.
And -- issue has not is not the way it was it back the majority -- Republicans now support.
The idea of gay marriage so I went yeah.
That's gonna -- -- I -- -- it will hold what poll you cited.
I'll and I'll -- you look at the polls right now don't want you would say.
We're sorry which one.
I hope people as polls out right now -- breaks it down in terms of people who strongly favor in favor I think they have something like 4742.
And -- -- -- -- speaking loudly every single time this issue have been problem for the people.
That he's right whether it's conservatives ridiculous like you talk and Mississippi in the Dakotas to North Carolina now whether it's a liberal states like California and -- eight or important swing states like Florida and Ohio and Michigan.
They've all that's right said that you know we're all friends here into Q did little -- -- Mary probably a lot of without Morocco by reflecting where we -- getting is -- is about Barack Obama trying to pander to wealthy gay donors.
-- -- -- truth it was pandering what are we doing are valued at within this you really it's thanks Joseph Biden don't you forced to -- to a -- yeah.
Well I think I don't think he wanted -- -- -- -- -- -- yeah.
Here in Chile I think it is all I think our pets OK let him rendering them blah and then I don't Gary sheriff guys that you got -- you've got.
Who I feel sorry for you having to defend him -- really Tim you've got black Americans got his bags social conservatives who don't -- Sure but I don't -- -- -- impact got a little guys in the fall thank you both from now we'll see Michelle thank you and one always good to see you and coming up it is.