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Obama re-election campaign embraces gay 'marriage' and mocks Romney stance
WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Obama's re-election campaign has fully embraced his public support of gay "marriage" and seems poised to make it a general election issue -- even to the point of ridiculing Mitt Romney's backing of traditional marriage.
Hours after Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to declare public support for the issue, his campaign sent out an email to supporters with the subject line "Marriage."
"I believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry," Obama said in the email. "... What I've come to realize is that for loving, same-sex couples, the denial of marriage equality means that, in their eyes and the eyes of their children, they are still considered less than full citizens."
The email concluded, "If you agree, you can stand up with me here" -- and a link to donate money was provided.
The Democratic National Committee also sent out an email from chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, embracing the issue.
"Folks, this is what Democrats are all about -- and I'm so proud we have a president who's willing to stand up and say it," she wrote. "Let's join him. Show your support for marriage equality today."
The issue of gay "marriage" was the dominant theme May 10 at BarackObama.com -- Obama's campaign website -- where visitors encountered a large picture of Obama with the words, "same-sex couples should be able to get married." The campaign also sent out multiple Tweets and Facebook messages spreading the president's position.
But perhaps the biggest embrace of the issue came in an Internet video where the campaign re-played Obama's statement and Romney's previous statements, and even twisted President Bush's words on civil unions -- all in about 90 seconds.
The Obama re-election video ends with a clip of GOP presumptive nominee Romney at a Republican debate. Romney says, "Calling [a gay relationship] a marriage creates a whole host of problems for families, for the law, for the practice of religion, for education. Let me say this, 3,000 years of human history shouldn't be discarded so quickly." The video then ends with words on the screen: "President Obama is Moving us Forward." The implication: Romney is backwards. In fact, that's the name the campaign gave the video: "Mitt Romney: Backwards on Equality." Read More
Land's apology accepted by African American pastorNASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- A prominent African American pastor, Dwight McKissic Sr., has publicly accepted Richard Land's apology for remarks he (Land) made about the Trayvon Martin killing. "I fully accept his apology -- without hesitation, or reservation," McKissic said. Read More
U.S. split on homosexual behavior as sin
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Americans are split on whether homosexual behavior is a sin, and many do not appreciate if a church teaches it is sinful, according to a recent survey conducted by LifeWay Research. Read More
Brian Autry elected SBC of Virginia execGLEN ALLEN, Va (BP) -- Brian Autry has been elected as executive director of the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia (SBC of Virginia) in a unanimous vote by the state convention's Executive Board. Read More
Iranian pastor: I'm surrendered 'to God's will'TEHRAN (BP) -- The jailed Iranian pastor who could be executed for converting to Christianity has released a public letter asking for continued prayers and saying that while he wishes to be released, he has surrendered "to God's will." Read More
Despite Myanmar reforms, Christians on alert
KAREN STATE, Burma (BP) -- Amid global euphoria over reforms in Burman-majority parts of Burma, life has changed little for 3 million-plus Christians and other minorities left to suffer from one of the world's longest running civil wars.
Headlines around the world hailed the May 2 induction of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi into parliament as the beginning of a new era in Burma, officially known as Myanmar. But for the 150,000 internally displaced people (IDP) living in eastern Karen st... Read More
BIBLE STUDY: Sunday, May 13, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curriculum and additional resources for all age groups.
This week's Bible study is adapted from the MasterWork curriculum.
Bible Passages: Nahum 1:2-3,5-8; Romans 2:5-11,3:5-8,5:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:5-11
Discussion Question: Why are Christians... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Why not legalize gay 'marriage'? (part 1)
Family expert Glenn Stanton answers the question that often is asked: "How will my same-sex marriage harm your marriage"? Read More
FIRST-PERSON: The marriage debate & the future of evangelical response
Evangelicals will continue to be pressured to accept a redefinition of marriage, says columnist Ed Stetzer, who adds they must respond biblically with grace and truth. Read More