During his entire political career, President Obama has opposed same-sex marriage. But that's beginning to change, or so he says.
On Tuesday, May 8th 2012, President Obama stated that he was "disappointed" that North Carolina ammended their constitution to ban gay marriage, though he's always supported the notion that same-sex marriage is a state issue and not a federal one.
The following day, on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012, Obama stated, "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."
But words without action are worthless, and at this time, Obama has no plans to fight for gay rights. On the same day as Obama's statement above, a White House official stated, "[President Obama] has always said that it is a state issue, and he's not suggesting changing that. He did not support the North Carolina amendment, but he's not saying he will bring up a piece of federal legislation on gay marriage. This is how he feels himself about the issue, and he leaves it to the states."
Same-sex marriage isn't a federal issue. It isn't a state issue. It's a human issue. It's about love. It's about equality and equal rights and protections under the law. Our government is responsible for providing those equal rights and protections, and right now they are willingly denying those rights and protections to the gay community. If one community can be singled out, then so can all others, and it is imperative that we put asside our "family values" and religious beliefs so we can see that what is really at the core of this issue.
While I applaud President Obama for voicing his support of same-sex marriage, there is much more he can and should do.
If you think that President Obama should introduce legislation to Congress to allow full and equal marriage rights to same-sex couples, please sign this petition, and please share it with your friends, family, and loved ones.
Jeffrey Matthew Davis