Igor Bobic

Igor Bobic is the assistant editor of Talking Points Memo, helping oversee the site's coverage of politics and policy in Washington. While originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Igor feels best at home on the beaches of Southern California. He can be reached at igor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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In response to the news that President Obama endorsed gay marriage, and the subsequent Democratic call to arms of supporters by Nancy Pelosi, Mike Huckabee issued the following appeal to conservative supporters asking for funds:

Well, Mr. President it's going to rile up our folks also. Men and women who support traditional marriage.

Now I know you support traditional marriage, but what I really need to know today, is will you fight for it this election? If so, please send a donation of $10 or more to Huck PAC immediately. We only support candidates who support traditional marriage and who are pro-life. We'll make sure Congress and our state legislatures are stacked with conservatives who don't want our President and the federal government defining marriage for us.

I hope you will help us today. We are counting on it.

Speaking shortly after President Obama announced his endorsement of same-sex marriage, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith suggested that Republicans were on "the wrong side of history" when it comes to the issue.

"I am curious whether you believe in this time of rising debt and medical issues and all the rest, if Republicans would go out on a limb and try to make this a campaign issue while sitting very firmly without much question on the wrong side of history," he asked reporter Ed Henry.



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Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus released the following statement follwing news of Obama's gay marriage decision:


"While President Obama has played politics on this issue, the Republican Party and our presumptive nominee Mitt Romney have been clear. We support maintaining marriage between one man and one woman and would oppose any attempts to change that," said RNC Chairman

Reince Priebus.

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Democrats are already using the news of President Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage as a method to rally supporters to their cause.

As Nancy Pelosi emails, on behalf of the DCCC:

Isn't it great? President Obama just announced that he supports marriage equality for all Americans.

He joins many of us who have long-supported marriage equality because of what it tells our country -- and the entire world -- that all of America’s families deserve the benefits of equal protection under the law.

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Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley today issued this statement following President Obama’s announcement of support for marriage equality:

“Today, President Obama affirmed that for a people of many different faiths -- a people who are committed to the principle of religious freedom -- the way forward is always to be found through greater respect for the equal rights and human dignity of all.


"In Maryland, we agree. 


"Ultimately, we all want the same thing for our children: to live in a loving, stable committed home protected equally under the law."

O'Malley just signed his state's gay marriage law in March, and is also the Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.

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“This is a historic day," said Justin Ruben, executive director of MoveOn.org, on President Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage. "The president's support for marriage equality is great news that's likely to energize progressive activists across the country.”

Ted Olson, of American Foundation for Equal Rights, offered the following response in support of Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage:

“Today is a proud day for all Americans,” said AFER lead co-counsel Theodore B. Olson.  “The bedrock American principles of freedom and human dignity are central to the political and legal convictions of Republicans, Democrats, liberals, and conservatives alike.  President Obama’s words remind us that marriage and equality are universal values that unite us all.  They remind us that we are all—as a People and a Nation—striving to form a more perfect Union.”


“President Obama’s words today will be celebrated by generations to come,” said AFER Board President Chad Griffin.  “For the millions of young gay and lesbian Americans across this nation, their President’s words provide genuine hope that they will be the first generation to grow up with the freedom to fully pursue the American dream.  Marriage—the promise of love, companionship, and family—is basic to the pursuit of that dream.  Our Constitution’s promise, the promise of liberty, is one that every generation must realize.  As President Obama recognized today, the fight to secure marriage equality is the defining element of our generation’s search for greater freedom.”

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On Fox, anchor Shep Smith showed the ABC clip of Obama endorsing same-sex marriage, and then offered the following response:

"The president of the United States: now in the 21st century," Smith said.

Sen. Kristen Gillibrand released the following statement in reaction to news that President Obama endorsed same-sex marriage, calling it a "watershed moment":

“Throughout the 2008 campaign President Obama called on all of us to bend the moral arc of history towards justice. As President, he has backed up those words for LGBT Americans through his leadership in repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and by instructing his Justice Department to no longer prosecute DOMA cases. But our work is far from done. The President's unequivocal support today in favor of all committed couples to marry the person they love is a watershed moment in American history that will provide the leadership needed to finally repeal DOMA and win the unfinished fight for equality for all Americans.”

The Log Cabin Republicans issued the following statement on news of President Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage:

“That the president has chosen today, when LGBT Americans are mourning the passage of Amendment One, to finally speak up for marriage equality is offensive and callous,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director. “Log Cabin Republicans appreciate that President Obama has finally come in line with leaders like Vice President Dick Cheney on this issue, but LGBT Americans are right to be angry that this calculated announcement comes too late to be of any use to the people of North Carolina, or any of the other states that have addressed this issue on his watch. This administration has manipulated LGBT families for political gain as much as anybody, and after his campaign’s ridiculous contortions to deny support for marriage equality this week he does not deserve praise for an announcement that comes a day late and a dollar short.”