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“It is important for me personally to go ahead and affirm that same-sex couples should be able to get married.”
It was short and sweet. History was made Wednesday as the first sitting president to ever come out for full marriage equality, not civil unions, but marriage equality across the board.
President Obama has come to the decision that it is in the best interest for our country to accept committed same-sex couples and afford them the same rights and privileges straight couples have.
Members of the board of directors of Equality Action NOW, a Sacramento local grassroots civil rights organization were elated with the news but as their middle name implies, they look forward to walking up to a county clerk, asking for a marriage license, and not be turned away as they have year after year on Valentine’s Day.
“Thank you Mr. President for the public acknowledgment that we are all deserve the right to marry if we choose. In this coming election year please remember that though words go far; actions change the world.” said board member Vihil Heather Vigil.
Secretary Rachel Pearman wrote, “I am so happy that the President’s evolved understanding of same-sex marriage resulted in a public and unequivocal acknowledgement that there is no difference in the love or commitment found in same-sex relationships. This has been a long and hard-fought battle but each mind that is changed bring all of us closer to a world where our differences do not separate us rather they allow us to relish in the uniqueness of each life.”
Board member, 5th grade teacher, and author of “A Celebration of Harvey Milk”, Angela Luna said, “As a gay American, it’s beyond affirming to have our President stand up and make a public declaration of human dignity that pertains to everyone, not only a fraction of the country. If one believes in freedom and what the country was founded on, then supporting full equality is the logical, moral, and humane course of action.”
Many of EAN members frankly con not care how, when, or why he finally come the conclusion about marriage equality except he is the first to hold the highest office in the land to affirm the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer 2nd class citizens, and will forever listed in the history books as doing so.
Co-founder and Executive Director, Tina Reynolds, simply put, “I say yea – now legalize gay and all the rights that we should have to be truly equal!”