Marriage is everyone's issue, because there are humans out there not getting equal rights reflected by the government (be it federal or state). If you love humanity, this is your issue.
Obama's inaugural speech yesterday blew us away, especially when he spoke about gay marriage in a way that filled the community with hope and pride. Unfortunately, the White House seems to be less adamant about granting a right that everyone should have.
If you don't recall, the President said that:
"Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well."
Seeeeeriously, that's amazeballs!
“The President’s position on this has been clear in terms of his personal views. He believes that individuals who love each other should not be barred from marriage. He talks about this not about religious sacraments, but civil marriage. And that continues to inform his beliefs. We have taken position on various efforts to restrict the rights of Americans, which he generally thinks is a bad idea."
He echoed this again, later:
"As you know, and I can make it clear, the president’s personal view is that it’s wrong to prevent couples who are in loving, committed relationships and want to marry from doing so. The values that the President cares most deeply about are how we treat one another, and respect one another. For him, it just boils down to treating others the way that we would want to be treated ourselves and the President has made it absolutely clear that his views are about civil marriage, as I said, not religious sacraments."
We can feel that we're right on the cusp of some really great changes in this country. We just wish someone, like our President, would stand up and do something drastic to make sure that gay rights are recognized just as much as any other rights out there.
It's disappointing to hear Jay talk like this, and it kinda puts a downer of a note on the President's speech!
Equal rights for all!!
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