Was Obama a Bigot in 2008 for Not Supporting Same-Sex Marriage?

Joe Scarborough delivered some astonishingly logical and cutting statements on his MSNBC morning show Morning Joe on Tuesday. Discussing the gay marriage debate with a panel of liberals, he sounded amazed at the turn in the rhetoric that the gay marriage debate has taken. Chastising fellow MSNBC host (and uber-liberal) Lawrence O’Donnell for attempting to give President Obama cover for his shifting position on gay marriage, while also defending Americans who continue to believe in traditional marriage from those who would call them bigots.

Perfect example is on gay marriage. We talked about it this week. He was as scared and as craven politically as anybody on gay marriage. In fact, Joe Biden completely excommunicated from the White House in 2012 because he dared to get ahead of the president before a presidential election and saying he supported same sex marriage. That’s a question historians will be grappling a long time… 

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If this is a moral question, and if now people like myself believe there should be taken up state by state, and suddenly we are compared to bigots who support segregation when in fact our position would be more positive than say Barack Obama saying “I am against same-sex marriage because i am a Christian.”

I don’t think we can ascribe good motives on that front. I think having the guts to say ‘we need to raise your taxes’ is far different than something that now everybody is framing in terms of a moral position…

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You can not call a Republican a bigot for taking the same position President Obama took in 2012.

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