Who can say exactly what did it. Maybe Joe Biden pushed him into a corner he couldn't wriggle out of elegantly. Or maybe he saw political expedience in distancing himself from one of the shittiest election results since California's Prop 8. Or from Mitt Romney's new oppositional pledge. Or he was getting nervous about the throttling of a vein of campaign funds.
Or maybe — just maybe — he looked deep into his heart and decided that he needed to take a principled stand despite any ill effects it could cause to his political career.
Hahahahaha. No seriously, it was probably some combination of those first four. But really, it doesn't matter all that much. What matters is that — for the first time in our nation's history — we have a president who vocally support marriage equality and full rights for the LGBT community…
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.
Did you feel that? As if millions of homophobic voices suddenly cried out in terror and were moved to contribute $20 to Maggie Gallagher.
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Tags: Barack Obama, LGBT, Marriage Equality