Monday, March 14, 2011
While President Obama is “thinking” about releasing a portion of the strategic petroleum reserves to help offset record high gas prices, as well as “considering” arming the Libyan rebels in their fight against Mouammar Khadafi (no decision has been announced on either subject), Mr. Obama now has another decision to make.
Various Hollywood celebrities and and industry VIPs have signed a letter asking the president for clarity on the topic of gay marriage and urging him to support an end to “exclusion from marriage.”
According to Freedom to Marry, the group behind the effort, the campaign will continue until Obama expresses his support.
A few of the signatories include: Jane Lynch of Glee, actress Anne Hathaway, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, actress Portia DeGeneres, Eric McCormack of Will & Grace, actor Martin Sheen, comedienne Lily Tomlin, rocker Melissa Etheridge, playwright Tony Kushner, studio executive David Geffen, along with athletes Brendon Ayanbadejo and Scott Fujita of the NFL.
Throughout his political career, Barack Obama flip-flopped on the issue of marriage equality.
In his early days as a Illinois state senator, Mr. Obama was a vocal supporter of gay marriage but, as soon as he was elected to the U.S. senate, Obama realized how divisive the issue can be and for someone with both eyes on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, now Sen. Obama soon took a more religious position, telling reporters and bloggers that he believed marriage is between “one man and one woman.”