Yvette Carnell: President Obama Deserves Credit For Making History on Same Sex Marriage Today

by Yvette Carnell

No matter how opposed you are to President Obama’s policies up to this point, if you’re honest, you have to admit that today was a historic day in both Obama’s  Presidency and in U.S. politics. Today, President Obama became the first sitting President to come out in favor of same sex marriage:

“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,” said Obama.

This is the man I miss. This is the candidate I voted for. This is the President who I wish would show up more often.

I give Obama hell when he’s wrong, but today, he did the right thing. I would’ve been disappointed had he stuck to his “still evolving” position. That position was crafted to win the middle without alienating either side. Today, however, President Obama came out in favor of same sex marriage on the heels of North Carolina passing an anti-marriage equality amendment. That’s courage. That is, dare I say it, change.

People who run as transformational leaders should govern as such. Today, at least, Obama did that. Give him credit for that.

Yvette Carnell is a former Capitol Hill and campaign staffer turned writer. She is currently an editor and contributor to Yourblackworld.

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2 Responses to Yvette Carnell: President Obama Deserves Credit For Making History on Same Sex Marriage Today

  1. louis Robinson June 18, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I am a black man who voted for Obama during the first election. But since He has taken his stance for these sinful beings. I am going to vote Republican this time around. Gaybama has to go.

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    • onmyway2012 June 22, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Neither will I. This issue on top of the other issues I don’t agree with prompts me in not voting for Prudent Obama again.

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