Obama Makes History By Becoming First President to Support Same Sex Marriage

Barack Obama made history today by becoming the first president to come out in support of the legalization of same sex marriage. After Obama’s endorsement today, the political debate over same sex marriage will never be the same.

Here is the video from ABC News:

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The president said, “I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”

The initial reaction from the LGBT community has been swift and positive, “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.”

In contrast to the president’s position, Mitt Romney is still trying to play to his bigoted base, “My view is the domestic partnership benefits, hospital visitation rights and the like are appropriate but that the others are not.”

Supporters of same sex marriage suffered a sad defeat in North Carolina last night, but they were quickly provided a dose of hope and optimism by the president’s statements today.

President Obama may support same sex marriage, but the political hurdles remain. Republicans in Congress will not let any legislation pass as long as they have the control or power to obstruct same sex marriage. President Obama was the easiest piece of the puzzle for same sex marriage advocates. Their job now is to elect members of Congress who give President Obama a same sex marriage bill to sign.

No matter what the short term outcome, Barack Obama has become the first president of the United States to support legalizing same sex marriage. Obama’s remarks are a watershed moment in the battle for marriage equality. President Bill Clinton opened the door to Executive Branch waffling on the issue with Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and with Romney having to tack to the right on this issue, Obama could have survived taking a middle path.

Politically, he didn’t need to make the bold move of supporting legalization right now, but as this president has demonstrated time and time again, he often puts doing what’s right ahead of his own political well being.

Unlike Mitt Romney, Barack Obama knows that supporting same sex marriage is the morally right thing to do. This isn’t about politics. This is about people. Vice President Biden’s comments may have moved up the timeline for the announcement of Obama’s support, but that support was coming all along. Gay marriage is not a religious issue. It’s a civil rights issues, and President Obama’s comments today will be the benchmark by which all future presidents will be measured.

The same sex marriage political debate will never be the same again, because Barack Obama spoke up. The president’s words matter more than any other elected official, and his unequivocal support for the legalization of same sex marriage is a game changer, even if the political Luddites on the right remain far behind.

12 Replies to “Obama Makes History By Becoming First President to Support Same Sex Marriage”

  1. and on top of it all, it really doesn’t matter what everyone thinks. The Constitution gives us right to search for happiness. People have the right to marry the person that they want to marry.

    The sanctity of marriage is not about who is in it, it’s about how the two individuals within it deal with it.

  2. Boy, and the GOP doesn’t believe in evolution!

    I have been scolding those who were all upset because Obama wouldn’t… and Biden had made a gaffe … and the Arne Duncan thing was just accidental, etc.

    I said that anyone who thought that Biden’s thoroughgoing and very sensitive remarks was a gaffe was naive, especially given that Arne Duncan came out with his pro-gay marriage stand immediately afterwards: I said that this surely was a WH rollout and that Obama would soon follow.

    I doubt anyone believed me. But now….

    (P.S. His timing could not have been better, what with the ludicrous NC vote)

  3. The Prez went out on a limb with this. Some will criticize him for it. I will not. He recognizes the country for what it is not what some would fantasize it was and acted accordingly. He had my vote before and DEFINITELY has it now. Keep up the fight mr President, and may the next four years be easier on you than the previous four.

    Straight, but not narrow.

  4. Yes, go ahead and celebrate yet another heathen move off the left cliff, libtards!

    Them gays already have civil unions and all the rights everyone else does. Why keep pushing for more and more? Why are they so needy they have to be placed above others and their ‘rights’ supersedes all others?

    And for the love of God and all things holy, why does the gay crowd have to make their life style everyone’s business? Just keep that crap in the closet where I don’t have to see it or acknowledge its existence. My need to not have to accept your kind and all your (UN)fabulous business should absolutely supercede your vulgar desires because I’m with the normal people.

    It doesn’t matter how anyone tries to slice this, or how many liberals try to sell this as progress, anyone with a grasp on reality understands this is Obama’s open war on the sanctity of marriage.

  5. This is not about “gay rights”. It is about EQUAL RIGHTS! As long as ANY law-abiding American citizen can be discriminated against just because they are “different than the rest of us”, then NONE OF US are really safe.

  6. Really? Libtard? Gee, so nice of Christians to insult their fellow human being. That’s why I’m an atheist. Well, I’m going to quote you in the Log Cabin group. But, the reason why President Obama supports same sex marriage? Civil unions are illegal. Marriage is a contract between two people. If that were not the case, there would not be alimony. Alimony only applies to married couples, and by the state enforcing alimony laws, how then can the State government cross state line and compel a person to go back to the state they owe alimony? Easy, because, marriage is a civil contract, but if you violate it you can end up in state prison. Confusing ain’t it?

    Oh and I finally doubt that your HOMOSEXUAL counterparts would agree with you. You know, the Log Cabin Republicans? he same people who fund the conservative causes?

  7. Joe Linda I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men and women marrying women! Joe Biden. Barack Obama. U.S. President.

    APOSTATE CHRISTIANS!

    The bible has much to say about false teachers. They are evil! God will punish them, …and… Christians should not follow their teaching or imitate the way they live. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ says: Follow Me! Follow not man!
    4 Some godless people have sneaked in among us and are saying, “God treats us much better than we deserve, and so it is all right to be immoral.” They even deny that we must obey Jesus Christ as our only Master and Lord. But long ago the Scriptures warned that these godless people were doomed. Jude: 4

    Warn troublemakers once or twice. Then don’t have anything else to do with them. You know that their minds are twisted, and their own sins show how guilty they are. Titus 3:10-11

    The Bible says:
    Don’t even greet them! But hate even the clothes of those who have been made dirty by their filthy deeds. Jude.

    If you partner with them, you will also share their sins and will share their sentences, which will come very soon!

    Visit Jesus’ web and read the documents ” How can someone love God whom he has not seen? And hates his brother whom he sees?” “The mark of the beast” The Lord Holy Spirit has predicted in these documents what is taking place today and how you can save your family and yourself.

  8. Estoy absolutamente cómodo con el hecho de que el hombre se casa con el hombre y la mujer se casa con mujer! Joe Biden. Barack Obama. EE.UU. Presidente.

    Apóstata cristianos!

    La Biblia tiene mucho que decir acerca de los falsos maestros. E…llos son malos! Dios los castigará, y los cristianos no deben seguir su enseñanza o de imitar la forma en que viven. Nuestro Señor y Salvador Jesucristo dice: ¡…Sígueme! Siga no el hombre!

    La Biblia dice:

    Ni siquiera saludar a ellos! Pero, odia aun la ropa de los que han sido contaminadas por su adulterio. Judas.

    si te asocias con ellos, usted también puede compartir sus pecados y compartirán sus sentencias, se viene muy pronto!

    Visite la web de Jesús y leer los documentos “¿Cómo puede alguien amar a Dios a quien no ha visto? Y aborrece a su hermano a quien ve?” “La marca de la bestia” El Espíritu Santo Señor ha predicho en estos documentos lo que está ocurriendo hoy en día y cómo se puede salvar a su familia y usted mismo.

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