"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."
Barack Obama in an interview with ABC News (via nprfreshair)
hey thanks, Mr President. unfortunately, your cowardly waffling on the issue until, haha, an election year (surprising exactly no one) has done just about nothing. if you were ACTUALLY in favor of this, instead of “in favor when it’s politically convenient”, we wouldn’t still be fighting the battle against DOMA. we wouldn’t be personas non grata in 30 states. and we wouldn’t have to remind you that marriage equality is definitely not the most important thing on our agenda docket.
when you come forward with a plan that not only affirms the right for same-sex couples to be able to marry each other, but also provides resources for kids who are bullied for being who they are, takes an actually decisive stance against hate crimes, protects transgendered and gender non-identifying people from employment discrimination, and shows something aside from the intellectual cowardice that the government typically shows us? that is when you will have our support. show us that you actually care, instead of showing us that you know how to make a well-timed political statement.
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