The Best Internet Reactions to Obama Supporting Gay Marriage Anything
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The Best Internet Reactions to Obama Supporting Gay Marriage

Funny Internet jokes, tweets, images and reactions to President Obama's announcement that he supports the concept of gay marriage. Even celebrites joined in. In a May 9th, 2012, interview with ABC News, Barack Obama discussed the changes over time in his attitude towards the issue of same-sex marriage. Obama had once been against the idea of legally codifying the rights of couples of the same gender to marry (though he had been open to the idea of some sort of civil union compromise), but described his opinion on the matter as evolving over time. In his own words, the President said " a certain point I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married." This marks the very first time a sitting president has expressed support for gay marriage (though Obama does remain open to the notion that individual states could choose to outlaw the practice). The interview came one day after a controversial vote in North Carolina favoring amending the state constitution to prohibit same sex couples from marrying, and just days after Vice-President Joe Biden openly expressed his support for gay marriage. There was much discussion among journalists, pundits and general citizens about whether or not this position would help or hurt Obama's standing in the general election coming up in November of 2012. Many felt that it might hurt his chances among centrists and independents who vote against same sex marriages in states like North Carolina, while others argued that Obama was already unlikely to win over these voters, and is better served shoring up his support among progressives and the Democratic base.

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    The Fox News Headline (Later Edited, Shortened)

    Seriously. And here's their tweet to prove it.

    And a good parody:
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    A Bad Political Move?

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    This Is What Happens. Clearly.

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    When Obama Endorsed Same-Sex Marriage Tumblr

    Check it out here

    Here are some great examples of .GIF reactions to Obama endorsing same-sex marriage.

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    Patton Oswalt Marries Stephen Fry

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    Buzzfeed Rounds Up Republican Reactions

    Buzzfeed rounded up this collection of conservative reactions to the news.

    Some notable quotes include...

    RNC Chairman
    "While President Obama has played politics on this issue, the Republican Party and our presumptive nominee Mitt Romney have been clear. We support maintaining marriage between one man and one woman and would oppose any attempts to change that."

    National Organization for Marriage
    "On the one hand, morally this is good because lying to the American people is always wrong. President Obama has come clean that he is for gay marriage.
    "Politically, we welcome this. We think it’s a huge mistake. President Obama is choosing the money over the voters the day after 61 percent of North Carolinians in a key swing state demonstrated they oppose gay marriage.
    "We now have clear choice between Romney and Obama, and we look forward to demonstrating in November that it’s a bad idea for a national candidate to support gay marriage. Marriage is a winning issue for the GOP."

    Check out the full feature here
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