Same-sex marriage got another support today. And it’s a big one.
In an interview with ABC News, President Obama – aka Preezy of the United Steezy - publicly professed his full support of gay marriage. Previously, the Commander in Chief had resisted the idea (at least on a public level).
"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," he told ABC's Robin Roberts.
“It’s interesting, some of this is also generational,” the president continued. “You know when I go to college campuses, sometimes I talk to college Republicans who think that I have terrible policies on the economy, on foreign policy, but are very clear that when it comes to same sex equality or, you know, sexual orientation that they believe in equality. They are much more comfortable with it. You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them and frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.”
“Better late than never” seems to be the word around the celebrity Twitter community. Names from the television, film and music world having been speaking up on with their support.
“Thank you President @BarackObama for your beautiful and brave words. I'm overwhelmed,” tweeted Ellen DeGeneres.
Glee actress Jane Lynch is “pretty darn happy” too. She tweeted, “Thanks Mr President, for supporting the dignity of my family and so many others!”
So, what gives, Obama? With all the support, why the delay?
“I had hesitated on gay marriage, in part, because I thought civil unions would be sufficient,’ said Obama.
Not to mention the harsh response holding him back that such a statement would and will likely receive from non-supporters.
Though civil unions granted same-sex couples benefits like hospital visits and other previously denied privileges, to Obama, something was missing.
After thinking hard about all the gay and lesbian Americans – including those overseas fighting for his safety – the preezy decided it was only fair that everyone should be allowed to get hitched.
Where will this lead?
The same place all political statements lead to: Lots of harsh criticism, followed by more support, followed by more criticism… Then, maybe a Congressional act in a couple years, followed by criticism, then support…