It sure took him long enough.

The President of the United States just came out in support of gay marriage. In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, the president said: “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.”

Yeah, I know, Barack Obama managed to make the most flaccid endorsement possible in support of the legal equality of gays and lesbians….

President Obama’s message comes on the heels of the state of North Carolina memorializing bigotry into their constitution. Yeah, I know, it’s not the first time for them, but still.

Despite this legal attack on civil rights, Obama kept his statement personal in nature:

The president stressed that this is a personal position, and that he still supports the concept of states deciding the issue on their own. But he said he’s confident that more Americans will grow comfortable with gays and lesbians getting married, citing his own daughters’ comfort with the concept.

Amazingly, Obama seemed to admit that his own children are more willing to lead on this issue than he is:

You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them and frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.

I know I’m being cynical. It is nice that an American president has come out in favor of equal civil rights. Yay.

I guess I’m still waiting for an American president who will go to the mattresses and oppose states that seek to make unequal rights a constitutional feature.

North Carolina gay marriage ban: How does it affect the social and political future of the state?
[Washington Post]


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