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Published:December 19th, 2008 13:23 EST
Barack Obama

"Buyers Remorse" Haunts Obama

By John Lillpop

Barack Obama`s position on same-sex marriage is, and has always been, crystal clear: He believes that marriage should be limited to one man and woman.

Barack ObamaThat has been his public position from the start of the presidential campaign.

Why, then, did gays vote so overwhelmingly for the man whose position is the antithesis of their own?

How odd that gay activists are surprised and even angered that the president to be has chosen Pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the inauguration.

After all, Obama believes that marriage should be limited to one man and one woman, a position also held by Pastor Rick Warren.

A question for the gay community: Surely you knew that Barack Obama was opposed to same-sex marriage before you pulled the lever and voted for him!

What justifies anger when the man you voted for selects a pastor whom shares, at least partially, his own views on same-sex marriage?

Besides, Pastor Warren`s role is limited to delivering the opening prayer. It is not as though he will have a cabinet level position to advise Obama on same-sex marriage policy.

Warren`s "role" is to simply open the inauguration with a prayer, and get off the podium as quickly as possible.

Gay activists need to accept the fact that many people, including the President-elect, do not agree with them that gay marriage is on a par with the civil rights struggle experienced by African-Americans.

They also need to understand that while their issues are important, gay marriage is not the single most important issue facing this nation and the majority of Americans.

How odd that those who shrill the loudest for tolerance seem the least tolerant.