The president said that he and the first lady have discussed the issue across the dinner table, and considered their daughters’ perspectives on the issue, as USA Today is reporting.
“Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently,” Obama said. “It wouldn’t make sense to them. And frankly, that’s the kind of thinking that prompts a change in perspective.”
Some things, like equality, simply transcend politics. From the Civil War, women’s right to vote, Civil Rights, the new deal, world wars, one thing remains constant: a leader leads. And, if he’s smart, and the American people are lucky, he listens. Brave, historic call Mr. President.
“How does same sex marriage hurt marriage?” This was the question asked by 8th graders at a local charter school. Their conclusion? Same sex marriage doesn’t hurt marriage. The right to marry is a civil right that should not be determined by popular vote or restricted my the legislature. The only thing government should be concerned about is vital statictistics and that is done through the marriage license. Those 8th graders are now voters.
The million dollar question is; by Obama coming out(so to speak) is it going to help or hurt him in the polls. Since there is no way in hell that Romney can indorse same-sex marriages this may shift the tide either way for both of them. Regardless here is Romney’s(Ralphy) reaction when he heard Obama is indorsing same sex marriages:
Basically Obama had to take a position after Biden forced him to play his hand. I am glad that the President joined the majority of Americans and took the moral and just position. Second class citizens should not be a reality in America 2012. That being said the government needs to get out of the marriage business. This issue is about rights not the definition of marriage.
The problem is the word marriage (I guess?). Some believe this term belongs to the church and feel threatened by its use elsewhere. So government, I say stay out of the marriage business but please make civil unions and the rights that go along with them available to all. We were married by a justice of peace 17 years ago in my favorite church, the great outdoors. To say I was civil union’d doesn’t change my love for my wife or the value of our relationship in the slightest.