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Monday, January 12, 2009

Can Obama be on both sides of the gay marriage debate?

Newsmax is reporting that New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, will offer a prayer at the Lincoln Memorial at an inaugural event for President-elect Barack Obama.

This choice was likely a political response to criticism of Obama for selecting anti-gay marriage pastor Rev. Rick Warren to give the invocation at his January 20 inauguration.

According to Newsmax, Warren backed the ban on same-sex marriage that passed in his home state of California on the November ballot.

In trying to keep social conservatives and social liberals happy simultaneously, Obama will likely come to look weak and indecisive.

My view is to remove the legal prohibitions on consensual lifestyles, get government out of the way and let civil society regulate behaviour through non-political means. I suppose some might call that weak and indecisive.

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by westernstandard on January 12, 2009 | Permalink


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