Obama supports same-sex marriage
In an historic move, President Obama announced today that he believes same-sex marriage should be legal.
The POTUS has said in past years that he is “evolving” on the issue, and indicated he would come down with a definite stance in a televised interview with ABC news today. Obviously, this endorsement is going to have an effect on his candicacy this November–we’ll see exactly what kind of effect in just a matter of months.
The Columbia Dems have voiced their positive response to the President’s statement on their Facebook page:
We are thrilled that the President has come out as unambiguously pro-marriage equality. This is definitely a turning point for gay rights in our nation. You can bet that we’re going to be fired up and ready to go come November!
Updated 5:35 p.m.
Everyone Allied Against Homophobia said in a statement to Spectrum:
Congratulations on coming out (in support of marriage equality), Mr. President! Everyone Allied Against Homophobia is proud to list Barack Obama as an ally in its fight against homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of oppression here at Columbia and nationwide.
Hear other responses and watch the video of the President’s statement after the jump.
Updated 6:33 p.m.
GendeRevolution is delighted to have an ally in President Obama in fighting LGBTQ oppression. We would like as well emphasize that marriage equality is just one facet of a large movement for the political emancipation of trans* and queer people, many of whom face diverse oppressions ranging from violence and police brutality to employment discrimination and denial of proper medical care. We congratulate President Obama on his enthusiasm for marriage equality, and at the same time urge him to consider the broader needs and desires of LGBTQ people nation-wide.
Columbia Queer Alliance:
Columbia Queer Alliance is extremely pleased to hear about President Obama’s announcement. Though we wish he had been one of our public figures willing to be a leader and not a follower on this issue, we are very happy that our president has finally joined the majority of Americans in supporting same-sex marriage. While we know that marriage equality is not the only concern of LGBTQ Americans, we acknowledge the significance of this announcement, and hope that it marks a shift in the debate around for this and other LGBTQ issues.
Updated Thursday, 5:02 pm
And lastly, Q:
Q is excited that President Obama is taking steps to promote and secure long overdue rights for the LGBTQ population. Especially in light of last night’s disappointment in North Carolina, this helps us to stay positive and gives us renewed hope in our country and government. Being that the President chose to make this statement of solidarity at a crucial time for his re-election campaign, Q is optimistic about what he will accomplish for LGBTQ rights if all goes well next year and he is re-elected, providing inspiration to stay politically engaged and to not become complacent. Additionally, we are honored to have the first outspoken president ally addressing the Barnard community next week at commencement.
The Columbia College Republicans declined to comment at this time.
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