September 7th, 2012
12:08 PM ET

Will his gay marriage stance cost Obama North Carolina?

CNN's Brianna Keilar takes a look at the impact of President Obama's support for same-sex marriage in North Carolina.

soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. True Democrat

    No! we love him in North Carolina!! Carolina Blue!!

    September 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • Bored reader

      Speak for yourself.

      September 7, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Lionel

      I agree, Obama is awesome, North Carolina will remain blue. Rubtards can't stop tell lies to steal this election.

      The Republicans dug us into a big mess and now they are complaining that we have not cleaned it up fast enough.

      September 7, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
      • DrCole

        Oh, I know...the whole thing is the Republicans fault. It's their fault sine they weren't in control of the Presidency, Senate or House of Representatives while 2 billion dollars of the stimulus package was passed.

        September 7, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
      • sag123xyz

        Dr Cole, If you're a physician, I'm certainly glad you aren't mine because you apparently don't do your homework.

        September 8, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • drake mallard

      you win some . you lose some

      September 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
  2. Retired Sailor

    I'm sure that Obama was sleeping with men when he was high on drugs.

    September 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • Risky

      Weren't you in the Village People band?

      September 7, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • johnq

      How disdusting and disrespectful you prick!!!!!!.

      September 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • Educataed

      You're an idiot.

      September 7, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • Lionel

      I am sure that you speak to empty chairs your moron.

      September 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • SafeJourney3

      Salior, Ahoy matey... Is that mayonnaise on your face or have you been sailing with a bunch of Kleinschrodts

      September 7, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • jlo

      Only sailors would think like that :/

      September 8, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  3. bb

    Axelrod, wasserman, pelosi, biden and point and blame himself, ask yourself is this who u want to make decisions???
    4 yrs 0 results=failure, white house leaks, cover ups, excuses 8% unemp, deficet thru the roof, is this doing a good job??? Ill close gitmo, i wont run if deficet isnt cut in half, unemp under 6% or i wont run again did he keep his word???
    all i see is a jerk writing checks with his mouth he cover with his a$$

    September 7, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • CC

      I'd rather have the Democrats making decisions rather than the "Rob Me" Romney & "Lyin" Ryan crew! How much of our a$$es was covered when checks were written for that war for those yet to be discovered WMD's??? And let us not forget the doughnut hole in Medicare Part D. I heard crickets then and wish to hear crickets now!

      September 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
      • Darlene

        It is Willard and Eddie Munster that represent the Republicans. This fitting considering if they get elected, we will be living in a horror show.

        September 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
      • bb

        There u dumbo craps go again comparing your inept leader OBLUNDER to Bush, if Bush was so lousy why do continue to compare Oblameo to him birds of a feathe, The best line at the rnc was when OBUNDER himself said, I HAVE FAILED i think everyone on the planet agrees on that one. Face your boys a pansy

        September 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  4. Kool-Aid Police

    He will lose simply because he's a poor leader.

    September 7, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • CC

      Don't be so hard on Romney – he is trying you know.

      September 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
      • Lionel

        Nice comeback. Romney thinks he deserves the presidency. He has not campaigned for the last 5 days.

        September 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  5. RealityBites

    Obama will lose NC because of his broken promises and progressively socialistic spending habits that saddled our children with an additional 5.4 Trillion in debt. It really is that simple.., stupid.

    September 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • CC

      .....And what happened to that surplus before the Republicans came into power?????? Oh how soon we forget............ I'm sure the majority of all those tobacco chewing people of NC will vote for the white man even though it's not in their best interest. You think they're a bit prejudice maybe?????

      September 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
      • Mike

        Enough about the surplus- Washington accounting, it never existed. NC will not be fooled twice by Obama and his grand speeches and promises. It goes Red this time

        September 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
      • bb

        u oviously are very racist

        September 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
      • DEcember 2012


        September 7, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
      • Joe Friedman

        Yep, they will vote for the white guy.... just like 95% of the black vote is for Obama.... Who is racist???????

        September 9, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
    • Bob

      Except 80% of that debt is from economic timebombs left by GWB. The Bush tax cuts and the Prescription D Medicare Plan were passed by a Republican-controlled Congress and Bush. In fact, Bush is the biggest Socialist in history by most GOP's definition since he passed the largest expansion of welfare in history and he did it without a way to pay for it. And let's not forget that Ryan and the rest of the "No" GOP members had a stimulus plan, just as large, except it was all tax breaks for the wealthy and more handouts to the oil industry. So they are Socialists except instead of giving money to people who need it, they only give it to the rich and companies making record profits.

      September 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  6. RealityBites

    Obama will lose NC because..,

    In March 2009, after Obama's TRILLION dollar stimulus, he declared: “We’re beginning to see signs of progress.”
    By May, Obama told us : the program was “already seeing results.”
    In September, Uncle Joe said: “In my wildest dreams, I never thought [the stimulus] would work this well.”
    By April 2010, Obama announced that Summer 2010 would become the “Summer of Recovery.”

    Obama will lose NC because this has been the worst recovery in US history.

    September 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • BLKMANnAmerica

      and that is 90% in part to the triflin repuks NOT DOING ANYTHING to help.

      September 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
      • Joe Friedman

        Just like Oblama- blame someone else..... Jesus, you Dems never stop

        September 9, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
  7. Ex-Democrat

    There's no question about it. YES he will.

    September 7, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  8. tibs

    The fact that people think government should have any say in regards to marriage is insane. Its an absolute disgrace that anyone would support an ammendment to the constitution that would allow OR ban gay marriage. We live in a free society, so OBVIOUSLY anyone can get married to anyone or anything provided a church/temple/ synagogue/whatever wants to go along with it.

    Obama should have just said, this is america, and in america you get your freedom and what you do with it is up to you. Both republicans and democrats are extremely authoritarian. They both want to tell you how to live your life and it is pathetic.

    A couple years ago I was dreading the coming dollar crisis. But maybe it will actually be a good thing in the long run. People might realize limited government and sound money are good things.

    September 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  9. demwit

    That must be it.., of cousrse.., I mean, what else could it be??

    September 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  10. johnq

    You all have a choice?. So stop all the bitching and disrespecting the office President. You can express that choice depending if you live in state where you have a republican governor that trying to suppress your vote. You a have choice? To elect Willard and Paul to put in plan that would hurt many seniors and kick them off SSI .Women will no longer make decisions about their bodies. You have a choice? To accept a liar like Mitt who hides his money in off shores accounts and refuses to disclose the facts about his finance. You have a choice? To accept a party that is willing to destroy the country at the expense of everyone in United States, just because they hate this black man. You have a choice? To let 13 million people not have health care. You have a choice? To accept fact the Republicans are selling our government to the highest bidder. You have a choice? You have a choice?

    September 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Politicizer

      Please correct your spelling. Anyone who can't see Obama's failure is either blind or ignorant. I understand African Americans wanting a black President, but if he is preferred because of the color of his skin that is opposite of what Dr. King stood for....

      September 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • Cheryl Lopez

      and so.............I VOTE FOR OBAMA!
      Saw him yesterday in Florida, I believe in him.... I BELIEVE!!!!!!!!!
      Romny makes me say, wait, think about this one...However- Then there is WOMENS RIGHTS AND HEALTHCARE ISSUES! OH YEAH!
      VOTE FOR OBAMA!!!!!!

      September 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • Joe Friedman

      You are deranged.. Seriously blind to what this socialist is doing to OUR country. Unreal that people support him.. truly unbelievable that you are this brainwashed.

      September 9, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
  11. SpoonieLuv

    If there is a recovery, Stivie Wonder and The 5 Blind men of Alabama are the only ones seeing it!

    September 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  12. romneycares less

    He will only loose the Haters vote. OBAMA 2012

    September 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  13. modvoice

    It certainly hasn't helped him.

    September 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  14. will never vote Republician again

    Romney is a thief! Read about BAIN! This is a country not a Company as he said the other day! He will empty the pockets of the middle class so he and his friends can keep crapping on this great country with their greed!

    September 7, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  15. Paul

    Does anyone remember 2008 and Prop 8 in California – they passed Prop 8 and gave Obama a landslide. I'm not predicting a landslide in NC but the 2008 results show how little this issue has become.

    September 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  16. november2012

    voters care very little about the gay marriage crap...obama will lose the votes because he has failed as president.

    September 7, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • Lionel

      I agree with the gay marriage thing but Obama has not failed as a president, only in Fox news and the Republicans eyes.

      I am sure your 25 year old is glad to be on your health insurance plan.

      September 7, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
      • november2012

        you need to put tat bong down and learn to read...every economic indicator shows we are in continuing decline...this is NO JOKE. obama has not even had a cabinet meeting since january...he has been in constant reelection mode since he got leadership just cheap soap box talk, what you would expect from a community organizer/race bater that he is.

        September 7, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
      • Mary Goode

        Thats because the Republicans blocked Obama on purpose.they did not want a black man doing anything for this Country, they perfer the blacks people being slaves.

        September 8, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
  17. Trey

    Libs amaze me....someone against gay marriage is insane...but ripping a baby out of the womb of a mother at 8 1/2 months is just choice......

    September 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • SafeJourney3

      Google, Lying for the Lord. YOU are really good at lying

      September 7, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
  18. acajunthatsagun

    Mine is bigger than yours.

    September 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  19. John the Historian

    The more people get educated they will see that Gay marriage is just a civil right that doesn't affect anyone else's marriage. Most of the Christian Right are poorly educated and only cherry pick junk out of the bible to suppor their hate. Considering Willard is not even Christian and a mormon this is quite ironic for the Republican party. Willard's great grand father was a known polygamist with 4 wives. The mormon cult still honors rapists and murderers like Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. Young had 56 wives and his 19 th wife divorced him and called him a con. North Carolina will go blue and Willard/ Ryan are going down to defeat.

    September 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • Bob

      one, republicans are more educated then democrats...fact. It's the libs who are undereducated. Two, every time a gay 'marriage' is accepted by society it affects each and everyone of us. Just as if a murderer goes unpunished across the country from me. You might think it doesnt affect you, but it DOES because it affects society. Try to keep up.

      September 8, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
      • mina

        An educated person would be using the correct form of "than" (not 'then').

        Also, your argument is invalid. An unpunished murderer presents a THREAT to the public at large (ie, has the opportunity to go around murdering people).

        I am sorry you are not confident enough in your own sexual orientation to realize that someone ELSE being gay and married does not mean that YOU will be easy prey to 'turn'.

        Arrogant, bigoted fool.

        September 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  20. M.Testa

    My husband and I live in NC and will be voting for Obama! That being said, I'm not delusional about who my neighbors will probably vote for.

    September 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  21. packerfans

    V ote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan who can save America and Trust them 100 per cent!!! None Trust King Obama !!!

    September 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  22. SafeJourney3

    Google, Lying for the Lord. Also google "White Horse Prophecy" Bishop Romney believes that garbage

    September 7, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
  23. Alex Kapothanasis

    Romney will win North Carolina this time around, because Obama won it by 0.3% in 2008, and the unemployment rate in North Carolina is higher than the national average, so it will be even harder for Obama to win North Carolina this time.

    September 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  24. pjoe

    Where are the GAYCORN posters?

    September 8, 2012 at 9:59 am |
  25. Dan B

    North Carolina is red. This is not 2008.

    September 8, 2012 at 10:34 am |
  26. Scott

    He will lose NC for other reasons but his stance on gay marriage will generate more interest among conservatives and his 14,000 vote advantage in 2008 will evaporate into a loss by 30,000. The gay marriage amendment was beat by 22% (61% against, 39% for) – a resounding defeat but not specifically tied to Obama until he came out in favor of gay marriage 5 days later. His endorsement of gay marriage so soon after this vote placed him directly against the NC majority who defeated this amendment.

    September 8, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  27. Don

    Who cares about N Carolina?

    September 8, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  28. Fred

    Dan B. The only thing red is your ass!

    September 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  29. Brownsugarmama

    Most North Carolina residents will never support gay marriage but that will not keep us from making the only and right decision come this November. President Obama will be reelected and all yall peckerwoods are going to be even madder!

    September 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  30. NeeCee

    Lot of bigots my say that! But folks look real hard first in your own families, were not all exempt! Think about it, who new?

    September 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  31. Bob

    yes, of course it will cost him NC, as well as the rest of the heartland of this great country. Only the wacko libs in California and New York will support him with this issue. Send them all back to the closet where they belong.

    September 8, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • Jerry

      Bob, you are exactly what is wrong with this country. You are narrow minded and obviously very prejuidice. Send them back to the closet where they belong? Clearly a statement of a man full of hatred. Everyone in this country has the right to happiness and pa rt of happiness is the ability to marry the one you love. I am from the heartland and I support gay marriage. The GOP want the government to stay out of people's lives and let them make their wn decisions, oh wait unless you are a woman or gay.

      September 9, 2012 at 9:52 am |
  32. The Great Cornholio

    I just love his stance!

    September 9, 2012 at 2:18 am |
  33. marcoringo

    4 years ago we were spiraling down a vortex to a depression. 4 years ago I worked 2 days a month, and couldnt afford gas in the car...walked everywhere. Now I have to turn down work. Now I own a house I paid for in full in a year. Now I see parking lots of stores jammed with shoppers. Now my family's shipping business has doubled in a year (this means product is being made, shipped, and bought). I have seen many cases of people needing workers, yet can't get workers to fill the positions.(I needed a roof repaired...out of five calls to roofers not one of them came to look at the job...they were too busy). You bet we are better off than we were four years ago.

    September 9, 2012 at 8:16 am |
  34. doug

    Big business (i.e. banks/wallstreet) were a great contributor to our economic probems four years ago. Big business stands to gain by The Republicans' tendancies to give them and the wealthy tax breaks, while further burdening the middle class. Therefore big business....that has made record profits the past four years, and whose CEOs have made record salaries the past four years....won't hire people, even though there is product being made and moved. Why? That's easy: Keep things looking worse than they really are and people will blame big business hopes Romney will win in order for them to further stuff their fat pockets.

    September 9, 2012 at 8:23 am |
  35. Dan B

    Thank you Bob, but don't forget Massachusetts

    September 9, 2012 at 11:50 am |
  36. DEcember 2012


    September 9, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  37. Cheryl Lopez

    I have a gay best friend. He is "married" along time to a wonderful man. Had they not been married, My friend would have to
    file for bankruptsy. He does not because they had insurance to help cover the costs of cancer...the coverage of his pending death........ That is what gay marriage means really. We cannot even give that to our Senior Citizens They lose a spouse, go on with life, but cannot marry another because they lose their benefits! YIKES!!!!!
    When I looked into Mitt's eyes, forget Paul (yuk), Everything in me -just did not believe him.......Just could not relate. It is not only about me. I am 58, no kids, but my senior years are close, and I have many nieces and nephews, have had breast cancer and brain surgery. A voucher scares the living begebes out of me... So does Mitt Romney.

    September 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  38. beau

    If you're a mormon:
    You believe in a man named Joseph Smith that declared himself a general against the American Government and then said he would create a Theocratic Monarchy with himself at its head.
    You also believe in a man named Joseph Smith that married a 14 year old girl – even though he already had plural wives – because he told the child's family they would receive instant eternal salvation if they gave her to him (Smith).
    You also believe in becoming a god after this life if you have committed to and followed all of your temple rituals sincerely and without deviance.
    You also believe that anyone that is not a mormon will NOT be allow to be with Jesus Christ or God, no matter how good they are, if they do not accept your gospel (religion) to be the only true church. For example. Mother Teresa will not be in heaven if she does not accept a posthumous baptism in the after life.
    You also believe that you must take on secret temple names, wear garments (underwear) that has secret symbols that are used in secret rituals in the temple as well as a blood oath that began in 1843, but ended in 1990 when there was a general uproar amongst non-mormons that found out about this particular ritual.
    You also believe Blacks and Native Americans were marked with dark skin for being evil in the pre-life or because they just displeased god.
    You believe that once you are a god of your own world, you with your heavenly wife will create spirit children that will then fill the earthly bodies of human on your own particular planet that you rule over...meaning that you are already (in certain terms) better than the God that created this planet.
    You do believe that Lucifer and Jesus were and are brothers. Sign A TRUE Conservative Republican."

    September 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      OK, and George Washington was a slave holder. What does this have to do with anything? Most religions believe that they hold the truth, that all other non believers are damned. Because a man married a 14 year old in the 1840s is why you will not vote for someone today? Get real, we are trying to solve real problems now, today. All you want to do is hate someone because of their religious beliefs.

      September 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Beau, I guess I don't understand your problem here.... This country allows freedom of religion... Why are you so concerned about Mitt? are you no better than those that worried that JFK as president would be taking orders from the Vatican? Oh and I thought being a liberal you were supposed to be accepting of all things.... so do you have an except list?

      September 11, 2012 at 1:01 am |
  39. beau

    So the Republicans are going to settle on an east coast, elite, millionaire from an aristocratic family? What is his experience that will make him a successful Conservative President?
    1. He fires people, lays off employees, and outsources jobs while pocketing the pension funds of those same employees.
    2. He is comfortable in an upper class setting. After all, America IS the upper class, isn't it? The little people, like you and I, are not really very important. People of Romney's class and background see us as livestock that can understand English.
    3. He does not care if Americans suffer. He has made lots of them suffer so far in his life. He's made of tough stuff. No weepy compassion will ever cloud his judgment.
    4. He knows how to destroy corporations and sell off their assets. He could use those skills to destroy the federal government, a stated goal of Conservatism
    5. After the Romney Administration is over in 2016 or 2018, Conservatives will say, "Hey, you can't blame us for the disastrous Romney Administration. He wasn't a TRUE Conservative. What we need is a TRUE Conservative like Ron Paul or Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum … or maybe govornor Palin."

    September 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Since this isal about social class to you .... it is gratifying to see that class envy is stilll alive and well in the democratic party. If it is millions or billions what is the difference? what makes you think that either Obama or Romney care about the common man? Both are Elite and both are rich and both want to be president. It seems that our current president has made hiposition clear... He lied about his mother to get elected. She had Health insurance .. he could not get disablilty... which would have allowed her to pay her copays... Though why she would need that with a salary of 82k is not clear.. it amounted to a few hundred a month. That is not the point... to out and out lie about his own mother in order to gain sympathy among the people is detestable and disrespectfull to his mother. and yet he gets a pass.....

      September 11, 2012 at 12:59 am |
  40. beau

    I used to be a repub till congress was taken over by the tea party and Romney as our candidate.I cannot support a man who is a draft dodger and a tax evader.The repub congress has done nothing for vets,nothing for the middleclass.All of the good repubs have gone or have been forced out by the extremists that care nothing for the average joe or veterans like myself.Until we get real candidates that care for the middleclass and vets I will not vote for the repubs.Honor and respect,and caring for this nation is what the repubs used to stand for ,now we have wackjobs from the tea party holding america hostage and thats as un patriotic as it gets,it is hurting many americans,our economy and soldiers who are looking for work. Romney is not the answer he is the problem with America with his lies and phony religion...Sorry this voter will stay an ex repub till the party becomes honerable again.

    September 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Every so often a Liberal will post that they were conservative but now, because of some special reason they are switching sides. Look, beau, we all can tell that you are a Liberal. Think about it why would you refer to your self as "repub". Your post if full of the kind of hate that only Liberals would spew.

      I know your type is all about Hollywood, hypocrisy and such. Try a little truth next time, then maybe you can persuade some voters your way.

      September 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
      • cynthia L.

        You support a draft-dodger who thinks it's okay to send our sons and daughters off to war with Iran or anybody else he chooses. The Republicans added 2 Trillion more to the Pentagon's budget. WHAT ARE THERE PLANS FOR THAT MONEY?? WAR.

        September 10, 2012 at 11:58 am |
      • Bill in STL

        And you support a confirmed liar Cynthia....

        September 11, 2012 at 12:42 am |
  41. Joe Friedman

    Obama won't do what is right, or what he truly believes. He will do WHATEVER will get him the most votes. He is a sell out liar and a HORRIBLE leader.... he can talk.. yes, he can talk, but he hasn't done a damned thing for the USA, except spend us into oblivion. I hope to God he is out of the office in a few months. If not, I don't think the US will ever recover. I am surprised at the amount of blind support people give him. 95 % of the black vote..... really? 35% of those that voted for him in '08 couldn't even name his VP candidate...... and this is how we choose our leaders? Unreal...

    September 9, 2012 at 10:51 pm |