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President Obama Is Already Fundraising Using His Marriage Flip Flop

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"If you agree, you can stand up with me here."

Well, that didn't take long. Barely more than a few hours after his announcement that he'd changed his position on marriage, President Obama sent out a fundraising email to his supporters asking for money because of his switch. And along with being breathtakingly cynical, the email makes the argument that Obama's change in position has been spontaneous even more difficult to make.

Blaze reader Erica got the email in her personal account, and was kind enough to share it with the class. The email is reproduced below:

Today, I was asked a direct question and gave a direct answer:I believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

I hope you'll take a moment to watch the conversation, consider it, and weigh in yourself on behalf of marriage equality:

http://my.barackobama.com/Marriage

I've always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally. I was reluctant to use the term marriage because of the very powerful traditions it evokes. And I thought civil union laws that conferred legal rights upon gay and lesbian couples were a solution.

But over the course of several years I've talked to friends and family about this. I've thought about members of my staff in long-term, committed, same-sex relationships who are raising kids together. Through our efforts to end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, I've gotten to know some of the gay and lesbian troops who are serving our country with honor and distinction.

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.

Even at my own dinner table, when I look at Sasha and Malia, who have friends whose parents are same-sex couples, I know it wouldn't dawn on them that their friends' parents should be treated differently.

So I decided it was time to affirm my personal belief that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

I respect the beliefs of others, and the right of religious institutions to act in accordance with their own doctrines. But I believe that in the eyes of the law, all Americans should be treated equally. And where states enact same-sex marriage, no federal act should invalidate them.

If you agree, you can stand up with me here.

Thank you,

Barack

Several news reports have already suggested that President Obama had to make this position shift after his donors refused to send him money as long as he took an anti-gay marriage position. One wonders if they took this email as their cue to reopen their wallets.

Ironically enough, if they did, it wouldn't have worked. The link near the end is broken.
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