David Axelrod makes it plain in his new book that President Obama’s opposition to gay marriage was a fraud from the start. Axelrod makes it equally clear that he supported the lie, encouraging Obama to see it as a good politics.
“Gay marriage was a particularly nagging issue. For as long as we had been working together, Obama had felt a tug between his personal views and the politics of gay marriage. As a candidate for the state senate in 1996 from liberal Hyde Park, he signed a questionnaire promising his support for legalization. I had no doubt that this was his heartfelt belief,” Axelrod writes.
Obama told Axelrod, “I just don't feel my marriage is somehow threatened by the gay couple next door.” But Obama agreed with his advisers that supporting gay marriage publicly would cost him too many votes. “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,’” writes Axelrod.