Will Obama's Same-Sex Marriage Views Sway Gay Republicans?

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Will Obama's Same-Sex Marriage Views Sway Gay Republicans?
Gay Republicans sound in on the President's recent support of same-sex marriage.

Adam, 23, from Long Island, NY is also a gay Republican and has no trouble reconciling his sexual orientation and his politics, albeit in a somewhat convoluted way. In addition to agreeing with the beliefs of the party, he doesn't feel that he's faced discrimination.

"Just because I'm gay, doesn't mean I have to be Democratic," Adam says. "I haven't been deprived anything. I can vote in elections. When I go to NYC with my boyfriend, no one asks us to sit on the Gay side of the room. I've always had the same rights as everyone else."

Well, except for gay marriage. But Adam doesn't see that happening for himself and his boyfriend of three years—nor does he see it working out for gay men, in general. Every gay relationship he's known—well, except his own—has struggled with monogamy, so how could marriage possibly work?

Of course, I suggest, the same argument has been made against marriage between a man and a woman. Adam admits that he's young, so his opinion about marriage may change. 

Though he doesn't vote Republican, Obama's announcement left Geoffrey, 35, from New York, NY, equally unenthused.

"In my opinion, the announcement came out of nowhere," Geoffrey says. "The guy's been president almost four years, and he's just now deciding to talk about gay rights? The fact is, Obama saying he supports gay marriage doesn't mean a whole lot. It doesn't mean it's legal. It doesn't mean I'll never be discriminated against."

Geoffrey considers himself a supporter of gay rights. A few years ago, he was all but married to a long-term partner, yet as he recently wrote on Facebook, "If I could pick between gay marriage being legal and bringing Amy Winehouse back to life for one more album, I would pick Amy any f*cking day of the week. I don't need anyone to vindicate my life!"

"My news feed was flooded with people saying things like 'This is the greatest moment of my life,' he says. "While I'd prefer that the leader of our country supports gay marriage over not supporting it, it makes little to no difference in my life."

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