(RNS) Obama and Same Sex Marriage: In U.S. religion, the Golden Rule rules

Posted by Kendall Harmon

In fact, one of the most striking aspects of Obama’s revelation on Wednesday (May 9) that he and his wife, Michelle, support marriage rights for gays and lesbians, is that he invoked their Christian faith to support his views. In past years, Obama – as many believers still do – had cited his religious beliefs to oppose gay marriage.

Obama told ABC News that he and the first lady “are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others but, you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it's also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated.”

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Filed under: * Culture-WatchLaw & Legal IssuesMarriage & FamilyReligion & CultureSexuality--Civil Unions & Partnerships* Economics, PoliticsPolitics in GeneralOffice of the PresidentPresident Barack Obama* TheologyEthics / Moral Theology

Posted May 11, 2012 at 6:15 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Pb wrote:

The explanation for this is that the President is a closet Episcopalian. He cannot come out for political reasons. He reached his position by listening (Indaba) to the stories of others including his children.

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