Obama comes out in support of same-sex marriage

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

by Nina Jacinto

Though there are many more details to come and many questions to be asked about what's next, we're taking a moment at Forward Together to recognize Obama's official support for same-sex marriage.

In his interview with ABC News' Good Morning America, Obama stated:

"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."

On the heels of North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage, these words carry a lot of weight - they may give us hope and may make us angry that the steps towards change are so slow and steady. But it is a step, and an opportunity to continue exposing the inequality faced by LGBT families.

We made a Mama's Day card for Obama, to say, "thanks" and reciprocate the sentiment. Check out our Mama's Day campaign to customize and send your own e-cards to the mamas who fight every day for their right to have and build strong families.