Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer.
President Obama in an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, this afternoon [Via Think Progress]:
“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.”
This follows Biden’s remarks on Sunday, yesterday’s vote in North Carolina that passed a “marriage definition” amendment, intense and widespread conversations and editorials over the last several days … and literally decades of work by LGBT and supportive advocates, including the last three years of the Obama administration.
As Joe Sudbay writes:
Obama became the first President of the United States to support marriage equality. It’s a very welcome development. As you know, the President first announced that he was evolving during our interview on October 27, 2010.
Sudbay includes this from John Aravosis:
A few points. First, this is major news and these aren’t “just words.” When the President of the United States makes a statement about an issue this big, the words have impact. They can impact court cases around the country, and just as importantly, people’s attitudes. Those attitudes matter at the ballot box and in the schoolyard. The President’s opinion matter. …
What happened, I think, was that it finally became more obviously harmful than helpful for Obama to continue the “evolving” process. I’d guessed that, if something didn’t basically force it, he would wait until after November to make such an announcement, and wondered if it would happen even then. Whatever the various reasons that brought him to his announcement today, he finally got there, and for that, I’m grateful.
As I am to all those grassroots people, and organizations and bloggers and more, who have done the work that made this happen, as they made the repeal of DADT happen, and will, eventually, bring about marriage equality, employment protection, and more.
This post was updated with video.