Obama Repeatedly Lied about Opposition to Gay Marriage for Political Gain, Fmr. Adviser Says

Barbara Boland | February 10, 2015
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Obama lied when he said religious reasons were behind his opposition to same sex marriage – the real reason he opposed them was their “strong” unpopularity in “the black church,” according to a bombshell revelation by Obama’s former political strategist David Axelrod in Time.

Axelrod reveals that he counseled Obama to conceal his true feelings and support civil unions instead of full marriages because, “Opposition to gay marriage was particularly strong in the black church, and as he ran for higher office, he grudgingly accepted the counsel of more pragmatic folks like me, and modified his position to support civil unions rather than marriage, which he would term a ‘sacred union.’” 

Axelrod knew that Obama’s was personally in favor of same sex marriage because he had said so on a state senate questionnaire in 1996. But while running for president, Obama would famously say at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church: “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman,” Obama said at the time. “Now, for me as a Christian — for me — for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.”

“The admission of Obama’s embrace of deception also calls into question the President’s stated embrace of a new kind of politics in 2008, when he promised to be unlike other politicians who change their views to match the political winds,” reports Time.

Axelrod recounts this in his new book, “Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.” He says Obama repeatedly stumbled over the answers the advisers coached him on giving on this issue, “I’m just not very good at bullshitting.”