As you remember last year President Obama made a historic first when he announced that he had evolved and believed that same sex couples deserved the opportunity to get married. But during that the president also to much criticism stated that what should be a right for LGBT couples should be left up to state government sanctions, This rightly resulted in a lot of criticism from the LGBT community ass we all know our freedoms and rights should not be left up to states because if we left it that way race would still be something that could be discriminated against without reprimand. But now it seems the president has evolved further now stating that marriage equality should not be left in the hands of state government. Here’s more:
ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos asked Obama in an interview released Wednesday whether gay marriage was a right under the Constitution.
“Well, I’ve gotta tell you that — in terms of practical politics, what I’ve seen is a healthy debate taking place state by state, and not every state has the exact same attitudes and cultural mores. And I — you know, my thinking was that this is traditionally a state issue and — that it will work itself out,” he said. “On the other hand — what I also believe is that the core principle that people don’t get discriminated against — that’s one of our core values. And it’s in our Constitution.”
Stephanopoulos then asked whether Obama could imagine a circumstance wherein a state’s gay marriage ban could pass constitutional muster.
“Well, I can’t, personally. I cannot,” Obama responded. “That’s part of the reason I said, ultimately, I think that, same-sex couples should be able to marry. That’s my personal position. And, frankly, that’s the position that’s reflected — in the briefs that we filed — in the Supreme Court.”
Does the fact that the Obama Administration sent legal briefs to the Supreme Court to strike down DOMA a sign that there will be more legislation pushed through on LGBT rights? Namely will this administration finally introduce bills like ENDA (Employee Non Discrimination Act) so that people won’t be fired from their jobs solely because they are LGBT? let’s hope so because it’s long overdue. If the president believes that we are allowed to marry whomever we wish then he should rally to make more protections for the LGBT community a reality. Especially with the statement of his second inaugural address when he mentioned how our journey to equal rights is far from over:
“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law,” he said, “for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”
I sincerely hope President Obama remembers this as he continues onward through his second term.