President Obama announced today his support for homosexual marriage, contradicting his previous position on the issue. Is it possible his camp is beginning it’s desperate grab for any vote they can find?
Thanks to the American Psychiatric Association, homosexuality which used to be diagnosed as a mental disorder was deemed a lifestyle in the 1970’s.
In the early 1970s, activists campaigned against the DSM classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder, protesting at APA offices and at annual meetings from 1970 to 1973. In 1973 the Board of Trustees voted to remove homosexuality as a disorder category from the DSM, a decision ratified by a majority (58%) of the general APA membership the following year. A category of “sexual orientation disturbance” was introduced in its place in 1974, and then replaced in the 1980 DSM-III with Ego-dystonic sexual orientation. That was removed in 1987. ~Wikipedia
See the presidents comments on this ABC News website.
The announcement completes a turnabout for the president, who has opposed gay marriage throughout his career in national politics. In 1996, as a state Senate candidate, he indicated support for gay marriage in a questionnaire, but Obama aides later disavowed it and said it did not reflect the candidate’s position. ~ABC NEWS
His statement regarding how he came to this decision is telling. He did not use the Bible, from which believing Christians live, but rather from talking to family and friends.
Obama said, “I have hesitated on gay marriage in part because I thought that civil unions would be sufficient.” He added that he “was sensitive to the fact that for a lot of people the word ‘marriage’ was something that invokes very powerful traditions, religious beliefs and so forth.”
Now, he said, “it is important for me personally to go ahead and affirm that same-sex couples should be able to get married.”
He says he came to the conclusion over the course of several years of talking to family and friends. ~Julie Pace Associated Press