The President Comes Out
What now?


“Hey, fair is fair.”

And when talking with married heterosexual couples: “Tell me again how gays and lesbians getting married will hurt your marriages?”

Unless politicians and others on the right come up with better, simpler answers to fundamental, one-sentence arguments such as these, they’re likely to be electorally disappointed, at least to a degree.  

— Mitch Pearlstein is founder and president of Center of the American Experiment in Minneapolis.


Four things to keep in mind:

1. Nothing as radical as redefining marriage to include members of the same sex has ever been publicly supported by a president of the United States.

2. This reaffirms my conviction that Mr. Obama is by far the most left-wing person to ever hold the office of the American presidency. He believes in an ever-expanding state, irrespective of debt; he believes in using presidential power through unaccountable “czars” to carry out his wishes; he does not believe in American exceptionalism (the left-wing FDR did); and he supports same-sex marriage, the most radical social experiment in modern history.

3. Politically, the president’s announcement may indeed further energize the Left generally and the gay Left specifically. But since neither had anywhere else to go, the political gain on the left will probably be overwhelmed by political gain on the right. For millions of Evangelicals and other conservative Christians who had misgivings about voting for a Mormon, the president’s support for redefining marriage in America will be a wake-up call that may have no peer.

4. The “inevitability” of same-sex marriage is activist propaganda — but only if Americans learn how to make the case for retaining the man-woman definition. That is a job I, among others, have taken on.

— Dennis Prager is the author of Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph (HarperCollins), published on April 24. He is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host.

Four years ago, Barack Obama promised not to raise taxes on those making less than $250,000, pledged to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term, vowed to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay within one year of his inaugural — and made clear his support for traditional marriage. All those promises are now broken.