For some hypothetical reasons, history informs us that since July 4, 1776 to present, President Barack H. Obama is said to be the first President of the United States of America to support gay or same sex marriage especially in the eye of the storm that is saddled with tremendous mixed-feelings and reactions in and outside of the United States.
Before President Obama could derive at this point, the gay rights or same sex marriage “tornado” had already started to rock the foundations of many countries mainly those relying heavily on foreign aid including political, security and economic patronage. Then the joke, as though it ever was in the first place, got serious and began steaming up, when Great Britain Prime Minister David Cameron sounded a caveat to all nations desirous of befitting aid from his country to formulate laws that will support and protect gays’ rights.
When this thunderous pronouncement hits the doors of most nations, for some it was feted with radical and robust displeasure and disapproval, vowing not to trek that path of submission only to appease the whims of the “cookies cutters” while for some countries, the caution took them by a breezy surprise thus leaving them up to present flat-footed and lingering with a confused mind.
Realizing the dent this will have on some well traditionally cultured societies as well as the defaming scar it will place on their value system, most of these big-appetite-for- aid countries are not just stuck in a quandary, but are already being confronted with the simmering heat of negative response to the declaration as evident by the series of public outburst through the media, at the various entertainment centers including phone-talk shows on most of the local radio stations as the arguments dividing the people remain centered on two fronts:” for and against”.
This has since been causing some tough headache and rough embarrassment for most people in leadership who obviously can not eat their cake and still have it; and now to make matter pathologically worse for some of these leaders caught in the middle of the choice, the man considered the leader of the most powerful country on earth who commands a whole lot of influence worldwide, Mr. Obama has turned the table on all fence-sitters by letting the cat out of the bag when he declared his support for gays’ rights as well as same sex marriage, thereby leaving all hell to break loose.
Caught between the rock and the hard place, some of these leaders who have not in clear term made their agenda known on this gay rights and same sex marriage, can be seen pondering whether to listen to the greater voice of their people and let their will be done or submit totally to the aid providers and fall directly in line in keeping with their heart beats in order for the good time to keep on rolling or will they believe to play smart by pretending to be assessing the situation until Christ comes. Whatever way, the die is cast; you are either with them or against them, no two-way street.
In Liberia, before President Obama could declare his support for the gays’ rights and same sex marriage, this issue was already kicking up dust with most of the people vehemently opposing same and pushing it to the extreme that such practice will gain relevance over their dead bodies, while some insist that others must not be discriminated against because of the way they feel about their partners-same sex.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on numerous occasions has been approached or confronted by both local and foreign media to clearly state her position on the “gay rights hurricane” and of course she may have said something before, but now that the big global boss has openly and plainly spoken and defined his position on the matter, the people and the rest of the world will eagerly be awaiting to hear from President Sirleaf with a clearly defined one straight shot position divorced of tactical, clever and at times, cunning statements. Again, for Liberia, the die is cast no longer can the luxury of being a child of two cities be afforded. At a joint press conference with the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair recently in Monrovia, President Sirleaf when asked about the country’s position on the gay rights business, she responded by saying that Liberia will stand by its traditional values.
This nation and government must now know that the gay club has been given the strongest backbone to stand and the toughest teeth to bite harder than before knowing that President Obama the controller of big aid and sanctions including smart sanction, has graced the rights of the gays to openly occupy space with respect and full protection. But one would wonder if President Obama would have done what he has done had he not been faced with an uphill task of seeking re-election and moreover, if the tabulation of the gay club in terms of the numerical strength had been so insignificant and politically irrelevant?
Excerpts: United States President Barack Obama has ended months of hedging on the issue of gay marriage by giving his backing to the issue that has become a worldwide debate, saying he thinks same-sex couples should be able to wed.
By his giving approval of same sex marriage, Obama, has so far become the first sitting US president to back gay marriage.
It may not be seen as so strange that the US President, the first African-American to occupy the position has expressed support for same sex marriage considering that in recent days, his Vice-President Joe Biden and cabinet member Arne Duncan took similar position.
On contrary, the man is poised to go against Obama in the impeding presidential elections; Republican Mitt Romney promptly said he was against gay marriage.
But observers say his decision may be an election gimmick as a Gallup poll in the US on Tuesday suggested that 50% of Americans were in favour of legalizing gay marriage - a slightly lower proportion than last year - while 48% said they would oppose such a move.
With this, it is said that Obama has been forced out of the closet. Few doubted that he was in favour of gay marriage but "don't ask, don't tell" had worked well enough up until now.
The media didn't ask him. And he certainly wasn't going to tell.
I am told his campaign staff really thought they could get away with not touching this hot button issue, and go through until election night leaving his views draped with hazy protestations about the ongoing "evolution" of his views.
I have trouble believing that they thought he could avoid the question until November. But there is no doubt that the rapid evolution of his views into the limelight was not intelligent design.
The interview with ABC News was apparently hastily arranged as Mr. Obama came under mounting pressure to clarify his position on the issue.
"At a certain point, I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married," Mr. Obama told ABC.
He pointed to his administration's commitment to increasing rights for gay citizens. He cited the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and said his administration had dropped support for the Defense of Marriage Act.
"I've stood on the side of broader equality for the LGBT community. I hesitated on gay marriage in part because I thought civil unions would be sufficient," Mr. Obama said.
He said he had changed his views after seeing gay members of his own staff who were in "incredibly committed monogamous relationships", and service personnel who felt constrained by not being able to wed.
Mr. Obama also said discussions with his own family had helped the "evolution" of his views on the issue.
Romney: Position on marriage is the same position I had as governor
"There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and... Malia and Sasha, it wouldn't dawn on them that somehow their friends' parents would be treated differently," Mr Obama said.
"It doesn't make sense to them and frankly, that's the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective."
In 2010, Mr. Obama said his views on the issue were "evolving", a stance that had frustrated gay rights supporters and donors.
His comments aired on Wednesday come a day after North Carolina approved a constitutional amendment effectively banning same-sex marriage or civil unions.
According to the US press, same-sex marriage has been passed in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Iowa, Vermont, Washington DC, Connecticut, Maryland and Washington
On the contrary, thirty-one US states have banned same-sex marriage through law or constitutional amendment
The Obama campaign had opposed that measure, which was passed with 61% in favour and 39% against.
In the US, 31 states have passed constitutional amendments or legislation against same-sex marriage.
Meanwhile, Mr Romney set the stage for an election year clash over the polarizing social issue by saying he was against gay marriage.
The former Massachusetts governor told a Fox News affiliate: "I do not favour marriage between people of the same gender, and I do not favour civil unions if they are identical to marriage other than by name.
"My view is the domestic partnership benefits, hospital visitation rights, and the like are appropriate but that the others are not."