Del. Burns: Support Obama, Oppose Gay Marriage

Delegate says initial decision to not vote for the President was driven by emotional reaction to last week's announcement on same-sex marriage.

Del. Emmett Burns, a Baltimore County Democrat, says he has changed his mind and will support the re-election of Barack Obama even though the president announced last week he supports same-sex marriage.

Burns, a minister at Rising Sun Baptist Church in Woodlawn, announced last week that he could not support Obama after the president announced his position on the issue of same-sex marriage.

In an interview Thursday, the civil rights activist said his initial decision was based on emotion.

"I was shocked and surprised that (Obama) would make such an announcement," Burns said. "That was certainly the backdrop to my initial reaction."

Afterwards, Burns said he received calls from around the country urging him to reconsider.

Burns said his time as a civil rights activist in Mississippi weighed heavily on his decision to reconsider.

"Many of my friends and colleagues died to get the right to vote," Burns said. "It would be impossible for me to stay home. Someone is going to be president anyway and we should have a say in that."

The delegate said he "does not trust" Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate.

Instead, Burns said he will now encourage others to split the ticket and vote for Obama and against Maryland's recently passed same-sex marriage law, which he said he expects will be on the November referendum ballot.

"Gay marriage is an abomination," Burns said. "It's the worst thing that can happen to this nation and this state. It's very divisive."

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Buck Harmon May 21, 2012 at 02:12 PM
We are screwed EQUALLY by both parties...until that very serious problem can be equally addressed we should not dabble with the privacy of others in any way. Problem is....who's gonna fix it..?
Paul Amirault May 21, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Buck, we agree again! Nothing will change in this country for the foreseeable future. Unless one part has full control of all three branches and a filibuster proof Senate the country will continue to banter back and forth until it fails. I still think humans blow the planet up sooner than later anyway. Depressing stuff?! I believe divisions on immigration, abortion, unions, women's rights, healthcare, guns, taxes, etc are permanent. Although the 1% in theory would lose because of headcount, their ability to manipulate legislation and opinions through the money they have will keep the status quo intact. Who or what is to blame? Anyone care? I believe it was 24/7 news, the Internet, and the Citizens United decision. Add those three up and you get a huge propaganda machine of talking heads.
Escariot May 21, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Accordint to Paul, this is the solution. We demonize people in this country that have actualized the american dream, and have become financially rich. We call them the 1 percent, but neglect to add that they pay the bills for over 50 percent of our tax revenue. Drop down and 9 percent, to make it 10, and you now have over 70 percent of our tax revenue. Gee Paul, if someone pays over 50 percent of the bill, should they not have a large voice in how it is constructed? Didn't your hero Gore invent the internet? My bad, i keep forgetting that you live in a world where the fact that 50 percent of citizens that do not pay any income taxes should have complete government assistance and more than their fair say on how tax revenue should be spent. Your president and savior had control of 2 of the 3 branches of government and passed a stimulus bill that went to fund democratic special interests. Soon he will be removed and then you will claim aggrieved status as all left-wing ideologues.
Buck Harmon May 21, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I believe that if only 50% pay income tax now...we are half way there...the income tax should not exist as we know it....Constitutionally it should not exist at all, at least 50% are getting it right.... The antics of our government don't really count anymore, as I believe the 1% to be above the president in terms of power...no question that the 1% need to be snuffed by the American citizens before the restoration begins. 1% of the World Trade Center structure was damaged by the airplane crashing into it.....that amounted to total failure as the structures collapsed. Now it's being rebuilt even better than it was before....minus thousands of lives... the 1% need to be broken in a similar fashion...minus the violence before the re building can begin. For now we are stuck jibbin and jabbin about it...
Billy the moderate May 21, 2012 at 07:10 PM
The president had control of all three branches of government for the first 2 years of his presidency - he passed pretty much everything he pleased until the Democrat party got tossed out of the house in 2010 by an angry electorate. The top 1% of money earners pay about 37% of all income tax, and the top 10% pay 70% according to the IRS (2009 - the most recent data available). We now have almost 47 million people on food stamps, over 8% unemployment after 3.5 years of fiscally irresponsible policies, and 5 trillion more in debt (an increase of 50% of the TOTAL debt the US has had since its inception!!! in 3.5 years!). George Bush has been out of office for 3.5 years now but the President and the loony left keeps blaming him for for everything short of the weather (actually, with global warming I guess they blame him for that too...) The Wash Post and other MSM outlets are doing everything they can to make people forget Obama's horrible record on jobs, the economy, foreign policy, energy policy and lack of fiscal discipline. Thankfully, more people are paying attention now with all of the extra time they have on their hands from being unemployed so hopefully they will see that the Hope and Change hoopla from 2008 was just crap and that we have a guy in the White House who is in waaaay over his head and who only knows how to campaign as opposed to run the country. God help us if he does not get tossed out in November.
Jeff Hawkins May 21, 2012 at 07:14 PM
@Billy You pretty much nailed it Billy........
Paul Amirault May 21, 2012 at 07:32 PM
@billy-just so you and I have our facts straight, Democrats had a 60 vote majority for 13 months, not 24 months as you state. Due to the lock step movement of the Republicans, McConnell could count on getting all 40 of his minority to vote with him on almost everything. Reid had to deal with Blue Dog Democrats who would not vote with him. How much money you pay in income tax is directly proportional to how many votes you can buy. However, at the ballot box 1%'s still get one vote. When you make the insincere debt and unemployment numbers argument is when you lose me, that works for the base, not for people who actually examine data in context. All that said, have a great day, we will never agree on the meaning of the data. @Jeff- you were right Saturday, not today <|:-))
Jeff Hawkins May 21, 2012 at 07:40 PM
@Paul The seer sees all, Paul, without bias..... ;-)
Jeff Hawkins May 21, 2012 at 07:42 PM
@Paul.....again P.S. Remember Paul.........the seer said "pretty much"........
Escariot May 21, 2012 at 07:49 PM
That was sheer brilliance Buck. See, if we get rid of the 1%, then all capital investment that affects retirement accounts and makes wealth for even those of the middle class will vanish. Next, we get the rich to leave the planet, and then who will create jobs and wealth? Better yet Buck, we need to get rid of the 85% that make more than minimum wage. That creates income equality. Also Buck, we need to snuff the property owners, and create one class of people. We will call ourselves "unitarian americans", and we will all wake the same wage regardless of skills and talents. Next, all unitarian americans will be given equal calories, equal liquids, and not a drop more, not even for pregnant women or growing children. Then we will all be given x amount of articles of clothing, no more. Not even if you are a painter, sewer worker, or garbage disposable technician. We will all be equal, no having more posessions than your neighbor. No bigger tv than your neighbor. Instead we will snuff all out until a John Galt arrives and saves the few.
Escariot May 21, 2012 at 07:51 PM
What in the world does bluedog democrats have to do with facts. The facts are that a filibuster proof majority existed and the policies passed in that timespan led to the 2010 expulsion of all leftwingers such as yourself.
Paul Amirault May 21, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Jeff, that is nebulous enough. :-)
Buck Harmon May 21, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Escariot, Until we bottom out we can not strengthen our country. The process that is moving us into constant failure is current...public apathy plays a huge role here, in that when faith is lost, the rulers are stronger..world rulers mind you. To believe that all is well regarding current retirement accounts is foolish. Our Country is destine to failure with the current two party system behaving badly. Because the vast majority of Americans are apathetic and do not participate, the light at the end of the tunnel seems pretty dim... You seem to have the answers...why not try using your real name for a refreshing change.... Its going to take a revolution...
Other Tim May 21, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Google "Bar Tabs and Tax Cuts". (Too much to print here.) Pretty funny, and sad but true at the same time.
Escariot May 22, 2012 at 12:29 AM
I do not see a revolution coming Buck. People are too far in debt for such behavior. Student loan debt guarantees those in power will not have the same demonstrations and government shutdowns like in Europe. To be fair and honest, both parties have commited massive voter fraud, and the supreme court statewise and national wise have permitted it without recourse.
jj May 22, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Just another example of how Obama is dividing the nation. His war on religion is turning even his supporters off. Time for new leadership.
Buck Harmon May 22, 2012 at 01:17 PM
You would have to assume that students for the most part would lead a revolution in our country.... If not for voter fraud and media inequality, Ron Paul would be the Republican nominee...
wilson May 22, 2012 at 01:36 PM
jus keep lots of ammo in ur house if they come
joey May 22, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Is it just me, or should church leaders (Reverends, Pastors etc) NOT be allowed to hold office or decide our laws? (Im talking to you Emmit Burns!) Your faith should not decide my laws!! If you want to teach hate and bigotry at the pulpit, go ahead. But trying to sway votes from the altar is wrong, and your mysticism should not be brought onto the House floor. Government or god, bible or ballot...SEPERATE!!! I am proud that Obama is leading this country in forward thinking, not keeping the same beliefs held by shepherds and farmers from thousands of years ago.. Close your bible, turn off Fox news and Welcome to the 21st century.
moe green May 25, 2012 at 09:01 PM
A pompous, self-important, sell out racist.
Buzz Beeler May 25, 2012 at 09:25 PM
One thing we can agree on, the country is $16 trillion in debt and the Euro is about to go south and that garbage will float to our shores just as we are beginning to see the remnants of the Japanese Tsunami debris showing up. The result will be a global recession. When the gas prices fall so does the economy.
wilson May 25, 2012 at 10:03 PM
ditto for moe maybe
Buck Harmon May 26, 2012 at 12:58 AM
I agree with you Buzz...
Steve May 26, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Then you agree with an Idiot.
Tim May 26, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Buzz is far from an idiot. He's accurate on all accounts. The global recession is coming - well, the double dip. It'll have very little to do with us.
Buzz Beeler May 26, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Buck and Tim, thank you. I know who Steve is. I am his obsessive/compulsive target. He never offers a point of view other then denigrate. He has little knowledge of any subject and that is why he cannot articulate his point of view. Many U.S. banks have invested money overseas in the Euro economy before the bubble burst. If Europe goes into a deep recession or as some are calling a depression in Greece, then I think the banks on these shores will also take of loss regarding the trouble overseas, as the world is now a global market. Greece is 160% of GDP, while Germany, the backbone of the Euro is at 80% of GDP. France is planning on stimulus spending (money they don't have) and are counting on Germany to bail them out. The Germans are thrifty, while France is the land of the entitled. Germany is saying no and demands France balance its budget. The U.S. is already at a 100% of GDP. The downside to falling gas prices indicates the demand is low and that translates into an economic slowdown. People are not driving to purchase goods, go out to eat or see a movie while companies are not shipping goods due to the lack of demand. People may be able to afford the gas but little else and therein lies the problem. Sort of why Facebook is seeing a drawback on it's stock. GM already pulled their account claiming no one was clicking on the adds. http://carnegieendowment.org/2010/06/02/euro-crisis-threat-to-u.s.-economy/19w
Steve May 26, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Good detective work Clouseau. I'm Steve. There is no global recession coming despite what the naysayers think. The stock price of Facebook is going down for two reasons. It was overpriced to begin with and people aren't exactly sure what the business model really is.
Buzz Beeler May 26, 2012 at 10:05 PM
No kidding! Not much chance of you understanding the subject either. Your lack of knowledge is clearly evident. Number one read the evidence such as in this assessment: http://www.cnbc.com/id/47566735 Now read today's Sun (that is a news paper) and this article: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nation-world/la-fi-facebook-wall-street-caste-20120525,0,2202914.story Below is a quote from a very prominent business owner. I would tend to agree with Mark Cuban than with a Steve, one of many names you have used. "Prominent investor Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, declared on his blog Wednesday that the investing public's positive impression of the stock market had been "torched to the ground." Make sure that when you refer to someone as an "idiot" your not not seeing your reflection in the mirror.
Steve May 27, 2012 at 01:43 AM
The economy grew 2.2% in the First Quarter of 2012. http://community.nasdaq.com/News/2012-05/weekly-review-tax-revenues-and-a-growing-economy.aspx?storyid=144302 Mark Cuban owns an NBA team for Chrissakes. He doesn't know crapola about the economy. He got lucky with a startup.
Buzz Beeler May 27, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Again your are out of your league. How does that growth impact the current debt of $16 trillion? How does that 2.2% impact the interest on the deficit? What percent of the debt as related to the interest on the deficit can be impacted. How ludicrous of a statement to say that a very successful businessman doesn't know anything about the economy? He earned his money through solid entrepreneurship. "Got lucky" refers to the lottery. As I said Mr. Cuban holds a tab bit more creditability than a person who calls himself - Steve. It is rather interesting that you choose a site - Nasdaq - for your retort when in fact they were in part responsible for the Facebook debacle. Sorta like asking Al Capone about tax issues. http://www.cnbc.com/id/47576863 Another article related to your source of information. http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/sns-rt-us-facebook-fidelity-thousandsbre84n101-20120524,0,1853210.story Now her is some sobering news as related your 2.2% growth rate article from Nasdaq, but this concerns our own citizens. So much for your growing economy theory. http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-seniors-debt-20120527,0,4232225.story Now if the picture is so rosy as you claim answer this issues raised in the article? http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-maryland-help-20120527,0,3345788.story I eagerly await your evaluation of the questions regarding growth rate to debt.


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