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Poll: Will Obama's Statement on Marriage Amendment Make a Difference?

President Obama's Minnesota campaign releases a statement on the proposed anti-gay marriage amendment.

With Minnesota voters charged with voting for or against , President Obama's Minnesota campaign released a statement opposing the measure Monday, according to an MPR News article.

"While the President does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples," Kristen Sosanie, spokeswoman for the Obama for America—Minnesota campaign, said in the statement. "That's what the Minnesota ballot initiative would do—it would single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples—and that's why the President does not support it."

Social issues such as abortion and contreception, along with gay marriage, have been a recurring topic of discussion this election year, especially for Republican presidential candidates who are generally against gay marriage.

Now that the democratic president has spoken against the measure, do you think his campaign will have an impact on Minnesotans when they go to the polls in November? Take our poll and share your thoughts below.

science rules April 09, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Homosexuality Caused By Emotional Trauma Says Medical Studies W.C. Holmes, MD said: "Abused [male] adolescents, particularly those victimized by males, were up to 7 times more likely to self-identify as gay or bisexual..."
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) April 10, 2012 at 03:39 AM
What about homosexual women?
David Haines April 10, 2012 at 01:22 PM
It would also be nice to have a little more info than the name of the doctor running the study and a half of a sentence from the entire study offered as "evidence". A quick google search for the that doctor offers a study about males who were abused but also offers this limitation. Of course I have no idea if you are talking about the same study or not due to lack of a source or other details.... "Limitations: There may have been inaccurate recall of past events. Lack of exposure time data disallowed direct comparison of abuse perpetration by mothers versus fathers. Other unmeasured variables related to childhood physical abuse might better explain poor adult outcomes." William C. Holmes, MD, MSCE October 18, 2005 http://www.annals.org/content/143/8/581
David Haines April 10, 2012 at 01:25 PM
And no, I don't think Obama getting involved will help. The people who are against gay marriage are mostly not fans of Obama anyway and will probably just reinforce their position against gay marriage since Obama is for it.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) April 10, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Just as there are many studies that may point to reasons other than being born gay, there has been a lot of research done with twins to support that there may be a gene. When I took a sociology class in college we watched a video about two identical twin boys who were about seven at the time. The video started with showing the bedrooms of the twins, one painted blue with trucks and "boy toys" and the other pink with dolls and such. It wasn't until after that first scene you discovered the children were both boys. The boy who loved dolls and the color pink had been attracted to "girl-like" things from the beginning. I can't find info on the boys now, and have no idea if he ended up coming out as gay, but I think it was definitely worth noting. There are things that are inherent in us from the beginning. I don't know if scientists will ever actually be able to determine it as one thing or the other. This could be the boys I remember seeing in class: http://www.boston.com/news/globe/magazine/articles/2005/08/14/what_makes_people_gay/
MJ April 10, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I'm sorry, Caitlin, but Gender Nonconformity is completely different than homosexuality. There are butch straight women and fem straight guys. I know plenty of super fem lesbians and super butch gay guys. My family is proof that it's genetic. Three children, all of us gay. And I know of no gay or lesbian who decided to be homosexual.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) April 10, 2012 at 07:06 PM
@MJ Sorry I wasn't clear enough about the quasi comparison I was making. The article I included showed information that many times in cases of gender noncomformity those children generally end up identifying as homosexual or bisexual. I guess I was attempting to show that there is evidence that many things are inherent in us from the beginning and not the result of our environments - such as the person cites in the first comment.
Kevin O'Donovan April 11, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Homosexual marriage is unacceptable. The Government should not endorse and lend support to this unhealthy behavior. Science has not provided us with a certain answer as to why some people suffer from same sex attraction. It is a sickness. It has given us this certainty that, in fact, homosexual activity is unhealthy. The medical costs associated with this behavior are staggering, as are the costs due to extra-marital sex created by heterosexuals. I do not want homosexuals to suffer any discrimination. They are first and foremost human beings,our brothers and sisters. Obama wants to straddle the issue to gain political support from the activist homosexual groups without losing the support of Traditionalists. He is posing this as a civil rights issue, and at times implies that homosexuals are an aggrieved minority. This position is false. Only people of the opposite sex can marry each other. That is equality under the law.

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