A sitting US President publicly affirms the right for all people to marry.

My email is full of statements from every LBGT group under the sun, I won’t post them all. Here’s a quick sample of what the folks who have worked the hardest on this issue had to say.

National Stonewall Democrats:

President Obama Affirms His Support of the Freedom to Marry

In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, President Obama expressed his clear support for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. National Stonewall Democrats Executive Director, Jerame Davis, issued the following statement:

“We applaud the President for completing his ‘evolution’ in support of the freedom to marry and becoming the first sitting president ever to endorse marriage equality for same-sex couples. The President joins a long and growing list of Democrats who support the freedom to marry. On days like today, I am proud to be a Democrat.

“The President’s endorsement of the freedom to marry stands in stark contrast to the position of Mitt Romney. Romney, who signed the National Organization for Marriage’s hateful anti-LGBT pledge, opposes marriage equality and supports a federal constitutional amendment banning marriage between same-sex couples. No longer can GOP homophobes like Romney hide behind the pretense that they share President Obama’s position on the freedom to marry.

“Though many have been waiting for this day to arrive, our fight is not complete. Election day is 180 days from today and we have to redouble our efforts and prove that the President’s support of marriage will not cost him at the ballot box. National Stonewall Democrats stands will be fighting every day from now until November to ensure it doesn’t.”

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force

“President Obama’s ‘evolution’ is now complete. Congratulations, Mr. President, for making history today by becoming the first sitting president to explicitly support marriage for same-sex couples. Who benefits? Millions of families who now know that their country’s leader believes in fairness for all. This is a great day for America. We celebrate this moment and also remember that the right of loving, committed couples to get married is just one of many issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It is heartening to know the president stands with our families in the pursuit of full equality, economic security and justice.”

 

2 Responses to Today in LBGT History

  1. JMPrince says:

    Yep, all well & good. Sadly though, today in Civil Rights history, a quiet warrior for the cause of justice left this mortal coil at the age of 90. Nick Katzenbach, the man who enforced the Federal edict that defeated ‘Bama Gov. George Wallace at that school house door, after Wallace’s segregation stand at the University of Alabama in1963, has died at home in NJ. His sweaty balding pate was everywhere there was trouble during the Civil rights era.
    Another Univ. of Chicago law prof made good too.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/09/nicholas-katzenbach-dead-dies_n_1504264.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stand_in_the_Schoolhouse_Door

    Lest we forget the all battles that have come before, JMP

  2. gette says:

    Today President Obama completed another tangent of his promise,”Change we can believe in”. This is a man who leads with his heart and his mind. I am proud that our President has taken a stand for Equality for All, and I look forward to his continuation of ground breaking decisions that favor ALL AMERICANS. This has been a long time coming.The work has just begun.