A few minutes ago, President Obama affirmed his support for same-sex marriage.
It’s about time.
When he campaigned in 2008, what I took out of his campaign was that he was going to be a President who supported equal rights for all. Once he was in office and was not willing to push for same-sex marriage, I felt disappointed and betrayed, if only by my own interpretation of what I thought he’d been saying.
Equal marriage rights is a topic I feel passionately about. As a straight woman who has been married and divorced, I cannot imagine why my rights are more important than my friends’ rights are. I cannot imagine how my friends’ marriages are more threatening to anyone than my divorce is. I just can’t imagine why anyone would want to hurt children by denying their parents the same rights other kids’ parents have, or why anyone would want to hurt parents by denying their children the same rights other parents’ children have.
I am so thankful that President Obama has done the right thing, even if it took four years. Thank you to his children for talking to him about it, and for his constituents for pushing him on it, and to him for being open to new information and compassion.