Obama Said What??? And, How Are People Reacting?

“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, on Wednesday, told ABC’s Robin Roberts that he is now supporting marriage equality in the United States.  As you know, when pressed in the past, the President stated that his views were “evolving”, but that while gays and lesbians should have equal rights, he wasn’t ready to embrace same-sex marriage.  It now appears that the President’s call for “change” in 2008 is still moving forward and still changing.

(I bought this shirt in New Orleans and it’s a perfect fit here!)

President Obama, I’m very proud of how you’ve handled the mess that you were hired by the American people to clean up.  You’ve been getting beat up for almost four years now on the economy, unemployment, and health care.  You’ll lost some of those people who were behind you in the historic election of 2008.

And, now that you’ve publicly come out in support of marriage equality, you will lose a few more people.  Don’t worry about the Republican base,  the conservatives, and religious fanatics (and I may lose a few “friends” by adding that separately, because you can be conservative without being close-minded), you weren’t going to have their vote anyway.

However, some of those that wanted “change” in 2008 that have drifted away from you in the past four years will be coming back.

While I didn’t need you to validate the loving commitment and marriage I have, it sure felt good to hear you say those words.  And, I’m not alone.  In today’s special edition of “They Said What???”, I’m posting some of the reactions to this historic announcement.  I’m going to start with the haters and end on a happy note:

R. CLARKE COOPER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LOG CABIN REPUBLICANS

“That the president has chosen today, when LGBT Americans are mourning the passage of Amendment One, to finally speak up for marriage equality is offensive and callous.”

FORMER PRESIDENTIAL WANNABE MIKE HUCKABEE

“Well, Mr. President it’s going to rile up our folks also. Men and women who support traditional marriage.  Now I know you support traditional marriage, but what I really need to know today, is will you fight for it this election? If so, please send a donation of $10 or more to …. We only support candidates who support traditional marriage and who are pro-life. We’ll make sure Congress and our state legislatures are stacked with conservatives who don’t want our President and the federal government defining marriage for us.”

TONY PERKINS, PRESIDENT OF THE FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL, a hate group

“Considering that 10 of the 16 battleground states have marriage amendments that could be overturned by the president’s new policy position on marriage, today’s announcement almost ensures that marriage will again be a major issue in the presidential election. “The president has provided a clear contrast between him and his challenger Mitt Romney. Romney, who has signed a pledge to support a marriage protection amendment to the U.S. Constitution, may have been handed the key to social conservative support by President Obama.”

MAGGIE GALLAGHER, NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MARRIAGE, CO-FOUNDER

“President Obama has come clean that he is for gay marriage. Politically, we welcome this. We think it’s a huge mistake. President Obama is choosing the money over the voters the day after 61% of North Carolinians in a key swing state demonstrated they oppose gay marriage. We now have clear choice between Romney and Obama, and we look forward to demonstrating in November that it’s a bad idea for a national candidate to support gay marriage. Marriage is a winning issue for the GOP.”

Enough of that blah blah blah!  Now, for some happy tweets!

JACK REED, U.S. SENATOR FROM RHODE ISLAND

“I support same-sex marriage and will cosponsor the Respect for Marriage Act.”

JARED POLIS, COLORADO REPRESENTATIVE

“President Obama’s announcement in support of marriage equality is welcome news for American families. I thank the president for his support for equality and look forward to working with him to strengthen the institution of marriage by securing the right of all Americans to marry the person they love.”

TALK SHOW HOST ELLEN DeGENERES

“Thank you President @BarackObamafor your beautiful and brave words. I’m overwhelmed.”

COUNTRY SINGER CHELY WRIGHT

“The President has just stated publicly that he believes “same sex marriage should be legal”. I am proud. Thank you @BarackObama

“GLEE” ACTRESS JANE LYNCH

“Pretty darn happy today. Thanks Mr President, for supporting the dignity of my family and so many others!”

SINGER/ACTOR/HOTTIE RICKY MARTIN

“I applaud President @barackobama for affirming that ALL Americans should enjoy equal rights. Historic! I will be a very proud host on Monday”

ACTOR NEIL PATRICK HARRIS

““@BarackObama: President Obama announces his support for same-sex marriage: http://OFA.BO/CLBAi9” Bravo, Mr. President, and thank you.”

ACTRESS/COMEDIAN ROSEANNE BARR

“I have2 gay siblings that have been in long term family relationships 4over 25 yrs each-Bat Mitzvah in June-marriage equality is pro family!”

“MODERN FAMILY” ACTOR JESSE TYLER FERGUSON

“With @MichelleObama@JustinMikitapermission I would like to marry @BarackObamaright now!”

FINANCIAL EXPERT SUZE ORMAN

“I am soooo PROUD of you PRESIDENT OBAMA YES YES YES it is about time. Marriage Equality is so very very important.”

ACTOR/SINGER ERIC BALFOUR

“Thank you Mr. President for your support of gay marriage…”

(Eric Balfour –just because you probably might not know him, political talk can get boring, and just because *smile*)

“BILLY ELLIOT” STAR JAMIE BELL

“Good for you Mr. Obama. Good for you.”

SINGER JOSH GROBAN

“Historic!! #equalityRT @BarackObamaPresident Obama announces his support for same-sex marriage”

MUSIC MOGUL RUSSELL SIMMONS

“thank you Mr. President for your support of gay marriage…”

and my personal favorite:

ACTRESS MIA FARROW

“Actually, now that Obama has come out in support of gay marriage, I feel less pressure to find a woman to marry”

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY

“This is a major turning point in the history of American civil rights. No American president has ever supported a major expansion of civil rights that has not ultimately been adopted by the American people — and I have no doubt that this will be no exception. The march of freedom that has sustained our country since the Revolution of 1776 continues, and no matter what setbacks may occur in a given state, freedom will triumph over fear and equality will prevail over exclusion. Today’s announcement is a testament to the President’s convictions, and it builds on the courageous stands that so many Americans have taken over the years on behalf of equal rights for gay and lesbian Americans, stretching back to the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village.”

JOHN CONYERS, MICHIGAN CONGRESSMAN

“I commend President Obama for his support of marriage equality. The right to choose whom to marry is not just a civil right, but a fundamental human right. That is why I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 and support its repeal today. And it is why I strongly support President Obama taking a stand on this important moral issue. President Obama and Vice President Biden have taken courageous, sound, and appropriate positions supporting equal rights for all Americans.”

ELIZABETH WARREN, CANDIDATE FOR U.S. SENATOR FROM MASSACHUSETTS

“Proud to stand with our president in support of marriage equality. Thank you.”

And, the words that started all of this, from President Barack Obama, on Wednesday:

“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.”

Anthony

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tammy Ridpath on May 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    It should be good news for everybody. I just can’t get over the negative responses toward the president from gay republicans. I’m sorry, but some &^%&@&^%$&# people are just never happy. It’s a good day!

    Reply

  2. Tammy,

    Isn’t that the truth? You and I know that we can’t please everyone. 🙂

    Peeps

    Reply

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