Thank you, Mr. President.
Okay, I know, this is several days late. What can I say, finals swallowed me whole and blogs kind of weren’t happening. But I’m BACK NOW, and sink me if the President didn’t stand up for gay rights while I was away.
Yep, that’s right. Whatever you think of him, President Obama just became the first American President ever to openly support gay marriage. I think that deserves a round of applause, personally. It’s a huge step forward in the fight for equality, and coming as it did on the same day that North Carolina passed a bill making same-sex marriage bans part of their state constitution, it was even more powerful.
Politically, it was a risky move, and may well hurt Obama’s re-election campaign. But knowing that, he stood up and did it anyways, claiming personal reasons for the sudden move.
I’m not a huge fan of politics, myself. I tend to stay away from them on the grounds that I get hopping mad and throw things when I get too involved in political arguments. Here, however, is a political moment that I can get hopping happy about (boy, that doesn’t happen often), and absolutely support. It’s not definitive–they aren’t passing legislation or anything; and it’s going to make the election race even more hairy than usual, what with Romney now promising to back a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage–but it’s a huge step in the right direction.
“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.” ~Barack Obama
The announcement has certainly reminded me of the importance of voting, and whatever the outcome of this year’s presidential election, I think it is safe to say that Obama’s legacy will be greatly enhanced by being remembered as the first American President to stand up for LGBTQ rights.
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