President Obama's announcement: A great day for equality
The Kansas City Star
Barack Obama has obviously broken through a number of barriers in his political career and presidency. Today he crashed through another, becoming the first president to declare that same-sex couples should have the right to legally be married in America.
It has taken Obama a long while to come around to this point, and his announcement today during an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts probably was pressured by Vice President Joe Biden’s declaration this week that he unequivocally supports gay marriage.
But, who cares? It is a great day when the president of the United States said, as Obama did, “It is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should get married.”
Those are surely sweet words for the thousands of Americans who contribute so much to the country — including service in its Armed Forces — but have been denied the right to fully participate in one of its most cherished institutions. That will continue, of course. Same-sex marriage is a state purview and it’s still illegal in most of them. But attitudes are changing rapidly.
As Obama told Roberts:
“… 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. “
Obama also mentioned that his daughters have friends whose parents are same-sex couples and “…it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently.”
Those are the heroes of this story – same-sex couples who have claimed their right to raise children and otherwise participate in society, despite many obstacles.”
Good for them and good for the president for deciding on this stand and announcing it to the nation.