Obama himself was frustrated about it, if a description in a new book by his former top adviser, David Axelrod , is to be believed. Obama may have been selling himself short on that score, given the number of times he or his advisers publicly opposed same-sex marriage over the years. In the book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, Axelrod blames himself, and his political calculations, for preventing Obama for standing up for what he believed in. On issues from immigration to racially charged police violence to the decriminalization of marijuana , activists have voiced frustration at a perceived double-dealing by the president on the issues they hold most dear, and fatigue with repeated White House requests for patience.
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In his write-in response to a survey, Obama stated his abortion position as conforming with the Democratic platform: "Abortions should be legally available in accordance with Roe v. In the Illinois state legislature, Obama opposed the Induced Infant Liability Act  and repeatedly voted against requirements and restrictions intended to stop what opponents label as "born alive" abortions. Obama voted against a bill that would have made it a federal crime for anybody other than a parent to accompany a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion. He expressed displeasure with the Supreme Court ruling that upheld a ban on "partial-birth" abortions saying the ban didn't sufficiently consider the mother's health. During the third debate during the presidential election, Obama further detailed his stance on abortion:.
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But don't expect the president to use the occasion to flash his rainbow stripes in support of marriage equality. The president, who has opposed the unions, told reporters that while New York becoming the six, and largest, state to allow same-sex marriage last week was a "good thing," he believes the issue should be left up to the states. The position -- a new twist for Obama, who appeared to support legalizing the unions in , later opposed them, and recently said his views are " evolving " -- has rankled advocates who say the president is making a calculated political decision with an eye toward Would the president have thought it right to let the states decide on the issue of interracial marriage, or on whether or not women should be allowed to vote? Obama's reluctance to embrace gay marriage, putting him among a minority of Americans in national polls, appears part of a broader effort to avoid alienating voters in battleground states, like Ohio and Nevada, where majorities have traditionally shown less support for the unions than voters overall.
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