Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Photo Courtesy of My Friend and Fellow Blogger, BosGuy
President Barack Obama made history today by announcing he supports same-sex marriage.
In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, President Obama articulated his “evolution” on the issue of marriage equality citing conversations with his own staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, as well as conversations with his wife, Michelle, and daughters.
President Obama said:
“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.”
Showing stunning courage and decisive leadership, Mr. Obama said his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama also supports same-sex marriage:
“This is something that, you know, we’ve talked about over the years and she, you know, she feels the same way, she feels the same way that I do. And that is in the end, the values that I care most deeply about and she cares most deeply about is how we treat other people and, you know, I, you know, we are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others but, you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated. And I think that’s what we try to impart to our kids and that’s what motivates me as president and I figure the most consistent I can be in being true to those precepts, the better I’ll be as a as a dad and a husband and hopefully the better I’ll be as president.”
Today’s historic announcement completes a turnabout for President Obama, who opposed same-sex marriage throughout his career in national politics. In 2010, Mr. Obama told ABC’s Jake Tapper his feelings about marriage equality were “constantly evolving. I struggle with this.”
President Obama now joins the pantheon of great, American civil rights presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson.