What a day!
This morning while watching Good Morning America with my fiance, it was obvious that GMA host Robin Roberts was boot scooting out of there to jump on a plane to DC for her interview with Obama. I told my lady "mark my words, the gay marriage issue is going to come up, and whatever happens is going to be perfectly orchestrated political theater". Several hours later, while out running some errands, I heard on the radio that President Obama came out in favor of gay marriage. Bam! There you go! Perfectly orchestrated political theater.
Some will say that the President has done the politically expedient thing. Maybe so. It's also the right thing to do. I don't just feel this way because I am gay, or because I want to get married. I feel this way because I believe in equal rights. For everybody. Period. Watch this video. Then tell me all people don't deserve to be protected equally. If you can do that, you are on the wrong side of history. I can't understand how anyone can look back at the last 100 years of civil rights struggles and feel comfortable being on the wrong side of history. You know what I am talking about, and if you don't, well, I'm not sure what to say.
"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."
-President Barack Obama
Well played Mr. President. Way to make history. Again.
I, for one, intend to work even harder to make sure he gets re-elected.
What do you plan to do?