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Breaking: US President Obama Announces Support For Marriage Equality

UPDATE: Moments ago President Obama stated that he officially supports same-sex marriages, becoming the first president to do so. Though supporting same-sex marriage in 1996, Obama changed his stance in 2008 with the presidential election, opposing same-sex marriage but supporting civil unions as an alternative.

In the past few days, the country has experienced important movements- both backward and forward concerning this longstanding and controversial issue. Vice President Joe Biden, Obama’s right hand man and the second most important face on the Democratic ballot this November, preceeded the President earlier this week, vocalizing his support for these rights. The excitement following his announcement was only trumped by North Carolina’s ban of same sex Marriage that was passed just yesterday.

BUT today, the day after one more state ruled to place a ban on a constitutional right- he has made a historic announcement that will propel him into the election season at full force.

President Barack Obama spoke to Robin Roberts of ABC News this afternoon and with careful intention declared his support of equality for all when it comes to marriage.  His statement:

“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.”

While it feels less than sincere or genuine, the important thing here is that the President — the office of the president — now supports same-sex marriage. And that’s something we can all be pleased about. Take this as a sign my friends – a sign to stand up and fight with our president leading the way.

This is only the battle cry- this is the beginning of media madness and misinformation and radical indifference to what we all know to be true and right.  Get ready – get set – get equal.

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Lauren was born and raised in South Minneapolis and like many other innocent midwesterners got sucked into the black hole of Chicago politics 4 years ago. As the LGBT Coordinator for the Gery Chico for Mayor Campaign she attempted to take on the entire city and hasn’t looked back since. Now working for a communications firm, she spends her extra time running around with cases of PBR playing in different sports leagues, hosting couchsurfers from all over the place, and deciding how she is going to change the world. A simple lady at her core, she has decided that the first person to send her an edible arrangement must be the one.

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3 Responses to “Breaking: US President Obama Announces Support For Marriage Equality”

  1. He supported same-sex marriage easily in 1996, then opposed it in 2008, offering his support of civil unions as an alternative, which, IMHO is a slap in the face. While this latest statement supporting same-sex marriage does make history, it feels less than sincere or genuine. But knowing that the President — the office of the president — supports same-sex marriage, well, that’s something we should all be pleased about.

    Posted by Karen | May 9, 2012, 2:37 pm
  2. The silence is lifted — one very big step forward in this million mile march to decency and justice in the USA.

    Posted by K Guzman | May 9, 2012, 2:44 pm
  3. I have known staffers of his as Senator since 2003. If you watch the President and Commander in Chief Closely, there is a method to his actions. Look at DADT as precedent… and yes, precedent must be set.

    Posted by Emily SIefken | May 9, 2012, 6:31 pm

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