Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The President of the United States, Barack Obama made history today to support equal marriage rights by becoming the first American sitting President that has openly supported same sex marriage. The President is sticking up for marriage equality, not non-equality. Of course, the Republican party, namely Mitt Romney has immediately called President Obama on the carpet for making that decision to support gay couples and gay marriage. Already there is lots of buzz about the Presidents revalation. This topic will become one of the main topics that will be talked about from now until the election. Recently under his watch, the "Ask, Don't Tell" law that affected servicemen in the military was overturned and gays and lesbians can now serve without penalty while serving their country.
The political ramifications are huge. The president says "same sex couples should be able to get married". The President has openly stated his true feelings, the opposite of how he felt and conveyed during the 2008. So now the stakes are even higher, but President Obama is determined to do the right thing in his mind. Personally, I do not care for same sex marriages, but I also believe that people have an inherent right of their freedom to do what they like. I am proud of our President, and he has allot more guts than I ever would have. He is not afraid of the Republican politics, knowing how much his decision may infuriate them.
The President announced this just hours after North Carolina banned same sex marriages in the state. The majority of states now ban same sex marriages. The president of the United States now openly stands up for not just for straight married couples between a man and a woman, but he also supports the right to choose of same sex couples. The President is representing 'change' which has been part of his campaign from 2008 to the present.
This may be the civil right issue of our time. The President of the United States definitely has made history here.