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.