May 9th, 2012
04:03 PM ET

Is there potential fallout from Obama's announcement of support for gay marriage?

Political figures and organizations responded on Wednesday to President Barack Obama's announcement that he supports same-sex marriage.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in a fundraising email for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: "Isn't it great? President Obama just announced that he supports marriage equality for all Americans. He joins many of us who have long-supported marriage equality because of what it tells our country – and the entire world – that all of America's families deserve the benefits of equal protection under the law.... While this is a proud moment, our fight for marriage equality is far from over – there will be challenges in the days ahead."

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus: "Because our children's future is best preserved within the traditional understanding of marriage, we call for a constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage as a union of a man and a woman, so that judges cannot make other arrangements equivalent to it. In the absence of a national amendment, we support the right of the people of the various states to affirm traditional marriage through state initiatives.

Richard Grenell, the former spokesman for Mitt Romney who left the campaign amid pressure from conservative groups who considered him too open about being gay, told OutFront:

While I am pleased with President Obama’s new decision, it’s important to keep politicians from playing politics with a group’s civil rights.  The President’s timing suggests that he is once again more concerned with his own political calculations than with actual equal rights.  The president could have evolved when the Democrats controlled the House and the Senate or even yesterday before the swing state of North Carolina voted.

Filed under: News • Opinion • Politics
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Dennis

    I can't believer how Erin and Piers have been taken for a "ride" by Obama. Did you really listen to his statement on gay marriage? Is anything going to change? He did not say he would support states to approve of gay marriage. He would leave it up to each state. He only gave his personal view on the subject which everybody knew was pro-gay. This was no great revelation yesterday,yet you people on CNN act like this was earth shattering news. The rest of us in this nation can see right through the president on this subject. Also, this John Avlon has got to be kidding. He said this was a courageous act on the president's part. Give me a break. He did this to shore up his support on the left. What planet does Avlon live on? It amazes me that you at CNN are just "taken in" by the president.

    May 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
    • Art

      Who the hell cares? The global financial system is on the verge of collapse. The government is preparing for martial law. By year's end, the US dollar will be finished. A lot of people are going into refugee camps. There may not even be an election in November. And she's covering gay marriage?

      May 11, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  2. Napi T

    I meant to say "Yes to Marriage man plus woman".

    May 9, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Reply
  3. Art

    If you want to be "Out Front," why don't you cover the recent revelation that the federal government is building "reeducation camps" for politically inconvenient people. Your CFR buddies, though, would probably disapprove.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.