Obama’s gay marriage endorsement could unite right

CitizenLink.com 14 May 2012
More than a quarter of voters say they are now less likely to vote for President Obama in November because of his support for same-sex marriage, according to a Gallup poll taken after the president’s announcement Wednesday. Some leaders in the conservative movement say seven states that supported Obama in 2008 are now back in play due to eroding support for the president’s policies and the clear distinction between him and Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican challenger, on the marriage issue. “This particular issue is a Christmas gift to the Romney campaign and the GOP,” said former presidential candidate Gary Bauer, president of American Values, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. “But it is possible for them to turn it into a lump of coal if they don’t handle it correctly.”

Fox News 13 May 2012

Prominent social conservatives are claiming that President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage could be the fuel Mitt Romney needs to unite the right in November. Rick Santorum, the former Republican presidential candidate, is on record urging Romney to use this “potent weapon” against the president in the general election. And Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on Sunday called the president’s announcement a “missing piece of intensity” for the presumptive GOP nominee. Though gay marriage was not an issue that factored prominently into the 2012 election season until this past Wednesday, when Obama made his historic announcement, the clear distinction now between Obama and Romney has elevated the matter.