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Quote of the day

Filed By Ed Team | February 09, 2007 8:33 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Barack Obama, LGBT civil rights, LGBT community, marriage, New Jersey

"I am not willing to have the state deny American citizens a civil union that confers equivalent rights on such basic matters as hospital visitation or health insurance coverage simply because the people they love are of the same sex. Nor am I willing to accept a reading of the Bible that considers an obscure line in Romans to be more defining of Christianity than the Sermon on the Mount." -- Senator Barack Obama

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Where and when did Obama say this?? Is it written? Quite gutsy.

He's still supporting separate but equal though with "civil unions"... does anyone find that a bit strange considering he's a black man?

I found the quote on a quotation site. I searched online for it and the only places I could find a reference to it were wingnut sites talking about how Obama wasn't Christian enough. I e-mailed his campaign, but didn't get a response.

Anyone else know the reference for the quote?

The comment is from his book, "The Audacity of Hope," and putting gay marriage aside, it's an entirely unhelpful thing to say.
1. The passage he refers to (Romans 1:18-32) isn't the least bit obscure. It's point, agree or disagree, is highly unequivocal.
2. Pitting Romans against Matthew is a hermeneutic of 'pick 'n choose whatever I like.' If Romans is not authoritative, why should Matthew be accepted as such?
3. It is a caricature of those who oppose gay marriage. It suggests that such opponents latch on to Romans while disregarding the sermon on the mount (an enormously self-righteous insinuation). There is nothing mutually exclusive in the two texts. One can both oppose gay marriage AND hold passionately to the sermon on the mount. Logicians would call this a false dilemma.
The quote is nothing less than yet another case of Obama saying absolutely nothing but saying it so well. If people would get over their messiah complex and subject Obama's rhetoric to real intellectual scrutiny, the illusions of grandeur would begin to dissolve.