It looks like same sex marriage, despite being a states issue, has now become a presidential race issue. Obama has announced he is supportive but crucially he has tried to make a Biblical/Christian argument for that support.
His Grace has pointed out that Obama had clearly used his Christianity in arguments to oppose same sex marriage in previous elections. I wonder what could have possibly caused his about face? Surely not his impending re-election campaign? (far to cynical me!)
His Grace also points out the way the media treat those with right wing Christian viewpoints as demented nut jobs, but welcomes “Christian input” from the left…. I think thats true in this country but not as true in America, where the Religious Right carries considerably more weight than here.
Returning to Obama and why he has made this statement, for me, the most incisive view has been expressed by Peter Ould who suggests that Obama’s new held views may be as a result of trying to trip his Mormon Republican opponent up in the election.
It would be a sad world if it were true that an American President were to not just play politics but to play religion, just for his own political ends…. But again the cynic in me finds Peter’s analysis to be on the nail.
I wonder if it will backfire on him and make the Religious Right coalesce around Romney in a way that they previously wouldn’t have?