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Dr. Matthew Bribitzer-Stull

Yep, proponents of same-sex marriage equality (who now number over 50% of the American public according to the five most recent polls done by impartial and respected polling firms -- http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/20/gay-marriage-opponents-now-in-minority/, and http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/21/us-gay-marriage-poll-idUSTRE74K0B520110521) should be disappointed with President Obama's equivocation on this issue. It is surprising (and perhaps heartening?) that there are a number of Republican New York state senators who publicly support same-sex marriage, but that our Democrat president does not?

Without removing any of the responsibility for Obama to move into the 21st century with the rest of us on this issue, though, I think this speaks more to _politicians in general_ than to Obama alone. Just look at Romney's relatively new stance on abortion (as of his run for the nomination in 2008) and Pawlenty's recent comments on cap-and-trade and I think you'll see equal levels of disingenuity...

Does this mean that people, politicians included, can't change their minds? Of course not. But in cases like those I've mentioned above, I think much of the American public gets very tired of political stances that seem to be backed not by conviction but rather by electoral math.

John Pepple

Didn't Wellstone make a similar speech once?

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