Thursday, May 12, 2011
Today, Caroline Kennedy became the 100,000th signer on the Freedom to Marry’s Open Letter urging President Barack Obama to support marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.
“Falling in love, getting married, and building a family is part of the American dream. I believe that all Americans, including committed gay and lesbian couples, should have the opportunity to pursue that dream.”
Caroline Kennedy joins a growing list of prominent Americans participating in the Freedom to Marry’s ‘Say I Do’ campaign. They include such high-profile people as civil rights icons Julian Bond, Chairman Emeritus, NAACP, and Helen Fabela Chavez (widow of Cesar Chavez and founder of Cesar E. Chavez Foundation); actors Anne Hathaway, Jane Lynch, Eric McCormack, Martin Sheen, Lily Tomlin, and Verne Troyer; television host Ellen Degeneres and her wife, actor Portia Degeneres; musicians Sara Bareilles, Lance Bass, Melissa Etheridge, Cyndi Lauper, Mya, LeAnn Rimes and Rufus Wainwright; Chris Hughes (co-founder of Facebook), Sean Parker (co-founder of Napster), and media/entertainment executive David Geffen.
President Obama has repeatedly said he supports the homophobic, separate, but equal civil unions as a remedy for gay and lesbian couples who want to marry, but he does not support gay marriage. Mr. Obama’s quaint position puts him at odds with the majority of the American people who now support gay marriage.
I find it telling that President Obama had the courage to give the order to the U.S. Navy SEAL team to locate and assassinate the 9/11 terrorist mastermind, Osama bin Laden, but he lacks the cajones to stand up to the religious right. Mr. Obama needs to do better by the LGBT community or I will not support his reelection bid in 2012.