President Obama: “Same-Sex Marriage Should be Legal”


    Great news, especially coming the day after North Carolina voters put a bigoted, hateful amendment in their constitution. As always, Democrats lead our country forward and unite us, Republicans lead us backwards and divide us.

    P.S. In stark contrast, Willard is so bad on this issue that he’s even against civil unions. This actually puts him to the right of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney when it comes to GLBT equality. Even worse, Romney supports a federal anti-gay-marriage amendment, which would roll back rights for committed gay and lesbian couples and invalidate state laws legalizing same sex marriage or possibly even civil unions. Not only that, such an amendment would be the first time in history that the constitution has been amended to add discrimination and denial of rights. Utterly unAmerican, in other words. Then, there’s the fact that Willard’s funded by hateful groups like the wildly homophobic (not to mention laughable, in a pitiful sort of way) “National Organization for Marriage,” that have engaged in fear-mongering on this issue. Last but not least, we saw just a week ago how Willard refused to stand up to anti-gay bigots, even to defend one of his key staff members who was gay (and who Willard knew was gay when he hired him!). Can you get any more pathetic than Willard “Mitt” Romney? It’s hard to imagine how.

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    • Jim B

      I doubt had the president come out earlier before the NC vote it would have made any difference. Just too many knuckle draggers in that state and we probably have too many here in Va.  

    • Moran Statement on President Obama’s Declaration for Marriage Equality

      Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, released the following statement in response to President Obama’s public announcement of support for marriage equality:

      “President Obama’s comments today reflect the views of a growing number of Americans across the country. I welcome the President’s words, and those of members of his Administration, for their outspoken support for marriage equality.

      “Marriage equality is an issue of basic fairness. The Declaration of Independence clearly states that “all men are created equal” and that everyone has a right to “the pursuit of happiness” – principles that surely cannot be achieved without the ability to marry the person you love. Religious institutions have the right to define and sanction marriages in keeping with their religions’ faith. But the federal government has no place in determining which types of state-sanctioned marriages to recognize.

      “The President’s comments today represent an important turning point in the fight to end discrimination. President Obama has become the first sitting President to take this position, and he deserves credit for arriving at this decision. Much work remains to achieve the goal of true equality for all citizens. I will continue my efforts to ensure that all Americans, regardless of age, race, gender and sexual orientation, are afforded equal rights and protection.”

    • Senator McEachin Commends President Obama on his Stance in Favor of Marriage Equality

      Henrico – Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) today commended President Obama on his stance in favor of marriage equality. Senator McEachin said, “I very much appreciate the president recognizing the importance of all Americans having the opportunity to marry the person they love.  One of the key values of our democracy must be to ensure all Americans have the equal opportunity, justice and fairness. This is one more component of enacting our principles and ensuring we live by the words of our Declaration of Independence.

      “From the state whose mistakes led to the landmark case of Loving v. Virginia, let me be among the first to thank the president for realizing that it needn’t take the wrenching apart of couples and a Supreme Court case for us to do what is right.

      “Thank you, President Obama, and I look forward to working with you over the next four years to ensure we make our mutual goals a reality,” Senator McEachin concluded.