Obama has became the first sitting president to openly endorse same-sex marriage.
“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 said.
Many feel this is an act of political bravery. I think its about time. Instead of sitting on the sidelines a president is coming out and expressing true convictions about a very controversial issue. This is an election year, a time when many people feel that it may be better to be politically neutral but more than any thing it is the time to stand up for something that you believe in. With the Republican Party making sex and marriage one of the forefront issues of 2012, it is time for the president to make a firm stand with respect to his positions on the subject.
On Tuesday evening, the state of North Carolina passed an amendment that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The president expressed his disappointment with the measure, but it remained difficult to square his opposition to a measure outlawing same-sex marriage with his opposition to same-sex marriage itself.
In Maryland, HB 438 passed the House by a 72-67 vote on Feb. 16, 2012, and passed the Senate by a vote of 25-22 on Feb. 23. Governor Martin O’Malley signed the bill into law on March 1, 2012.
Overall, there are greater issues that are more important to the economy than who you marry or sleep with. It is sad that the president HAS to make this statement.