Barack Obama has become the first US President to publicly support gay marriage. Those who hated him before will now do so even more, but such an announcement is finally evidence of social evolution from the top-down.
“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,” he told ABC News.
It’s been four years coming. In the 2008 Presidential debate, Obama and Biden bent over backwards to make clear that they did not support gay marriage. Politics is politics and you have to win votes before hearts, but it was still rather galling to watch them stutter out their alignment with McCain on the issue. While many of Obama’s supporters will be pleased with today’s development, others like the African-American evangelical Christians will likely be angry.
“When we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated,” said Obama.
This writer could not agree more. Rights based on sexual orientation are as grotesque as those based on those based on color or gender. According to a Gallup poll Tuesday, 50 percent of the population agree. It must be mentioned that 48% remain actively opposed to gay-marriage, and without doubt Romney and Fox News will smell blood.
Nevertheless, despite taking four years for pro-civil union to become pro-gay marriage, that Obama has become the first POTUS of recent years to say something that actually rings true is a watershed moment. It’s up to the people to decide which way we go from here.