WASHINGTON D.C. (Christian Examiner) – A deafening silence has been heard from the homosexual community in the wake of a recent statement by U.S. President Barack Obama that suggests he does not believe gays are born that way.
Obama, who has received strong support from the homosexual community for his actions in favor of gay rights, made the comment during a video interview with YouTube personality—5 million followers—GloZell Green in mid-January.
She asked the president several questions—particularly absorbed as he explained his desire to normalize relations with Cuba—including one on the gay agenda.
Green was totally engaged with the president's presence, but apparently not with his answers. Because his reply suggests he believes homosexuality is a preference not an orientation.
"Do you think same-sex marriage will be legalized in all of the United States during the time that you're in office, and what can you do to push that along?" Green asked of him.
"Well, we've done a lot to push it along," Obama responded. "I announced my belief that same-sex marriage should be legal, that people should be treated the same. We argued against, as an administration, before the Supreme Court we argued against the Defense of Marriage Act that was treating married couples, same-sex couples, differently, in terms of federal benefits.
"The Supreme Court now is going to be taking on a case. My hope is that they go ahead and recognize what I think a majority of people in America now recognize, which is two people who love each other and are treating each other with respect, and aren't bothering anybody else, why would the law treat them differently?"
Obama's comments, appear at about the 8 minute mark in the 12-minute video Green posted to YouTube.com.
"I'm hopeful the Supreme Court comes to the right decision but I will tell you, people's hearts have opened up on this issue," he continued. "I think people know that treating folks unfairly—even if you disagree with their lifestyle choice—the fact of the matter is they're not bothering you. Let them live their lives and under the law, they should be treated equally."
Homosexual rights advocates believe otherwise, claiming the legal benefit of minority status based on being born gay, that it is not a choice, but an orientation.
"But Obama's statement reflects mainstream views," according to an article on TheDailyCaller.com, which cites a Gallup poll taken in May 2014.
Forty-two percent of Americans now believe homosexuals are "born that way"—a five percentage point drop from 2013 when 47 precent held that belief. Thirty percent believe homosexuality is linked to ubbringing and environment, according to TheDailyCaller.