Today, we learned that President Barack Obama has declared his support for same sex marriage in an upcoming interview with Robin Roberts taped for Good Morning America.
Earlier this week, I penned this blog post and almost posted it on Tuesday, but I thought it would get lost in the shuffle. Thus, I scheduled it for Thursday.
Well, President Obama has beaten me to the punch. I'm going to post it here anyway, now.
President Obama, it's time to come out in support of same sex marriage.
This past week, your Vice President, Joe Biden, and your Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, have come out in support of marriage. It's time for you to take that next step as well.
This may be used against you in the General Election. That's true. We know that far right conservatives have never met a wedge issue that they couldn't exploit, but I believe that people will respect you for your views.
Again, I know it's tough for you, and I respect that you are evolving. I say it again, though. It's time. It's time to draw the line, Mr. President. While everyone is paying attention to you, you can stand up and say that you are the President of the United States, and you support marriage equality. It may or may not change the reality across the country, but it never hurts to have the President in your corner when you're fighting discrimination.
|President Barack Obama|
It has been an historic Presidency for LGBT Americans. You have stood up for LGBT Americans by refusing to enforce DOMA. You have stood up by ridding our military of that Don't Ask Don't Tell policy that has ended the careers of good, loyal military heroes. Why not finish the deal and support marriage equality. It's simply time for equality and the next step forward.
It's time, Mr. President. Don't be left behind.
Little did I know, the President would actually take the bold step before I got a chance to ask him. After last night's ballot initiative that passed in North Carolina banning not only same sex marriage but civil unions and domestic partnerships, too, Obama's stance is more courageous.
It may or may not change anything, but I have rarely been more proud of a public official. All I can say is...THANK YOU.