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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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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