Overheard on CNN.com: Will Obama's same-sex marriage support help or hurt him?
The historic Greenwich Village gay bar, Stonewall Inn, invites customers to celebrate Obama's support of gay marriage.
May 9th, 2012
08:31 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Will Obama's same-sex marriage support help or hurt him?

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

President Barack Obama had said he was "evolving" in terms of his position on same-sex marriage, but then he said Wednesday that he in fact supports it. There was plenty of discussion on Tuesday as North Carolina headed to the polls, and the issue continued to gain steam. There are different views on the consequences of such a move. If you have an opinion, share your views via CNN iReport.

Writer Charles Kaiser asserts that Obama has made an important statement.

Gay marriage support: Obama's most courageous move

We've received a number of iReport video responses to this development.

These readers said there could be political consequences, but applauded Obama nonetheless.

dinydave: "Courageous move, definitely. I hope like crazy it doesn't come back to bite him, though. Nothing loses votes like riling up your reactionary opponents, and nothing riles up reactionary 'phobes like the opportunity to deny someone else equality. Witness North Carolina. Courageous move, and Obama is showing just how much more of a LEADER he is than any of the pandering, pansy-arsed regressive Republican field of this year could dream of being. All this, while there's another article fawning over the slowly growing number of Republicans who are finally getting it and going on record as in favor of marriage equality."

Duke Smith: "Courageous, but stupid. Can you envision the TV ads now?"

Some said calling the move "courageous" is a bit much.

sirm777: "How is this courageous? I support gay marriage. There, I must be courageous. No, in Afghanistan facing gunfire is courageous. This here at home is just politics, get real Kaiser."

And this reader said Obama will not be getting her vote.

talicia: "Well he certainly won't be getting my vote this time. I'll abstain rather than vote for him. He's not courageous at all, he's following the liberal lockstep. Gay marriage is being voted down because black people don't support. A huge percent of us believe in God and the Bible. Homosexuality is immoral and unnatural and we're offended that's its constantly being compared to civil rights. All sex is a choice and same sex is wrong. I can't support anyone who doesn't believe in that basic moral principle."

But then again, writer Timothy Stanley opined that if the vote in North Carolina was any indication, same-sex marriage may be too much for now.

Is same-sex marriage too radical for America?

These readers debated the future of same-sex marriage.

macphile11: "I am Christian. I support gay marriage. I support the separation of church and state. This country has had a very confusing time of it because while there's no official religion and the government is supposed to be effectively secular, most politicians are religious–specifically, Christian. So our country, which was founded on ideas like freedom of speech and religion, is ultimately a religious country, with decisions based on religious ideologies. And you know, even Jesus suggested that man's law and God's law are two different animals. I suspect that in the end of the day, gay marriage will win. Even if it's never a federally protected right, most states will legalize it. The few that don't will be just like the outliers now–and in fact, will probably be the exact same states–doing their own thing but mercilessly mocked in pop culture. That's the American way!"

Pofo: "The national average doesn't agree with you, time after time when put to the vote, gay marriage loses. The Average Joe doesn't feel two men can get married, that's just the way it is. Someday when morality is completely gone, and there are no rules, then yes, the gays will have their marriage. ... Sounds weird, but same-sex marriage wasn't even a concept in the '80s. Where will we be in 20 years?"

Some of the commenters said it can't come soon enough.

Feste Plague: "As American citizens, we want equality under the law. My partner/spouse and I have been together for 12 years, married in California four years ago and yet the federal and state governments treat us as if we are strangers. How is that the American way?"

Do as the Canadians do?

GeorgeToronto: "Canada already opened the floodgates to gay marriage and equal taxation and benefits, whatnot ... and life as we know it did not end."

And then, there were some that have no problem with other people's relations but would rather that marriage was just between men and women.

parentof6: "Guys, this is silly. I don't hate gay people. I try to live my life by the teachings of Jesus and that dictates that I disagree with the view that marriage is anything except between a man and a woman. That said, the decision to let people have a piece of paper that recognizes them by the government as a married couple is exactly that ... the government making that distinction. I can't agree that it's OK because of my beliefs but as a follower of Jesus, I'm not condemning you to hell or calling people names like whats going to happen to me when I hit the post button."

What do you think? Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on CNN.com. Or put yourself on video via CNN iReport.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Assta B. Gettu

    Correction: king of ... I am very offended by him for approving....

    May 11, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jean Pierre T. Umbu

    Mr Obama is walking on hot coals as of now. Frankly the President's position was merely a crash recovery feature to manage damage control from Joe Biden's statement. Any premature announcement would hurt him from disappointed former supporters, so he seized that window of opportunity to gain political momentum among Republicans gay voters to balance any potential lost .His second ticket is being plugged by so many uncertainties anyway. Now, he is worse off because not all his supporters will have the same drive they had when they voted for him in 2008. Again talking about values, I don't see anything great thing in denying publicly your own fundamental christian values for surfing over such a furtive political wave Joe Biden has been honest with everyone .He did not play the possum nor the Pilate when confronted. I respect his decision even though I disagree with him on that issue

    May 13, 2012 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. T. Lee

    NEWSWEEK – should be sued for defamation !!

    If everyone who has "come out" in support of equal rights for "gays" including marriage (whether or not they are "gay" themselves") is to be labled "the first gay this or that" as NEWSWEEK has inappropriately and disrespectfully done in their current cover page – then tens of thousands would be "gay" by their standard.

    Maybe if that happened and tens of thousands of defamation suits hit NEWWEEK perhaps then would turn this yellow-journalism into shredded material as it should be !!

    May 14, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

    People say they are followers of Jesus. What did Jesus say about gays? Nothing. He said to love everybody equally, not judging. He never said anything about the definition of marriage. I'm not sure how it keeps getting turned down. Most people I know have said to me "I don't care if gay people get married." This was even coming from religious people. They do think being gay is wrong but they say it isn't their business.

    I'm still waiting for somebody to explain to me how allowing gays to marry will destroy the sanct-ity of marriage anymore than a marriage from someone like Kim Kardashian.

    May 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
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