Vice President Joe Biden made another blunder last week and ended up forcing President Barack Obama to publically endorse same-sex marriage. There’s never been any doubt about where he stood on the issue as he has done many things to set the stage for national acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex marriages. But now it’s official and there is no doubt.
But in the few days since his announcement, what affect has it had on voters?
In the latest USA Today/Gallup poll, twenty-three percent of Independents polled said they will be less likely to vote for Obama because of his stance on same-sex marriage. Eleven percent of Independents said it would make them more likely to vote for Obama, leaving a twelve percent swing away from the President.
The same poll revealed that ten percent of Democrats responding said that they would not be less likely to vote for Obama and only two percent of Republicans said they would be more inclined to vote for the President. In general, twenty-four percent of Democrats were pleased by Obama announcements and fifty-two percent of Republicans responded negatively to it.
Obama’s endorsement may just have enough of an impact that could allow some of the closely contested swing states to swing in Mitt Romney’s favor. In states such as Ohio, Florida, Virginia and North Carolina, these percentages, though small may in fact have a huge impact on November’s election.
In another response to Obama’s announcement, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said that it could have an adverse effect on many union leaders and members. In speaking on Bloomberg TV’s Political Capital with Al Hunt, Trumka said,
“It could turn off some labor people. It could turn off some business people. It could turn off a group of people.”
On the other side of the political podium, former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum sees the President’s announcement as an opportunity for soon-to-be Republican nominee Mitt Romney. In an interview with CNN affiliate KARK TV in Arkansas, Santorum said,
“This is a very potent weapon, if you will, for Governor Romney if he’s willing to step up and take advantage of a president who is very much out of touch with the values of America.”
“Hopefully Governor Romney will continue to stand tall for his position on this issue and understand how detrimental it would be for society for it to have this changed.”
“Governor Romney has to talk about his values. That’s the most important thing.”
In my opinion, maintaining biblical principles and morality is just as important as the economy and jobs. No nation in history has stood very long after abandoning God’s statutes and laws. America once stood strong on biblical morality and values, but like Israel of old, once we officially turn from God, our destruction is sealed. Economy and jobs won’t matter when God’s wrath reigns down on the nation.
After reading Romans 1:18-31, read Genesis 18:22 to 19:29. While reading these sections of Scripture, think about America today and the judgment to come and then determine for yourself just how important issues like same-sex marriage are to you.