This may be a deal breaker for many Obama supporters - but it was/is the right thing to do. I hope more see it as worthy of their support vs. not.
Let's Do It Again - Re-Elect President Obama.
Today, I was asked
a direct question and gave a direct answer:
I believe that same-sex
couples should be allowed to marry.
I hope you'll take a moment to watch
the conversation, consider it, and weigh in yourself on behalf of marriage
always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and
equally. I was reluctant to use the term marriage because of the very powerful
traditions it evokes. And I thought civil union laws that conferred legal rights
upon gay and lesbian couples were a solution.
But over the course of
several years I've talked to friends and family about this. I've thought about
members of my staff in long-term, committed, same-sex relationships who are
raising kids together. Through our efforts to end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
policy, I've gotten to know some of the gay and lesbian troops who are serving
our country with honor and distinction.
What I've come to realize is that
for loving, same-sex couples, the denial of marriage equality means that, in
their eyes and the eyes of their children, they are still considered less than
Even at my own dinner table, when I look at Sasha and
Malia, who have friends whose parents are same-sex couples, I know it wouldn't
dawn on them that their friends' parents should be treated
So I decided it was time to affirm my personal belief that
same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
I respect the beliefs of
others, and the right of religious institutions to act in accordance with their
own doctrines. But I believe that in the eyes of the law, all Americans should
be treated equally. And where states enact same-sex marriage, no federal act
should invalidate them.
you agree, you can stand up with me here.