Building on momentum felt across the country, President Obama announced today that he now supports marriage for loving and committed same-sex couples – taking an important step in his personal “evolution” on the issue and reversing his longstanding opposition. He is the first sitting U.S. President to state his support for marriage equality.
Pride Foundation applauds his historic decision to announce his support of marriage equality. At a time when anti-gay measures are being passed throughout country, including yesterday’s Amendment One vote in North Carolina, Mr. Obama’s announcement makes a clear statement that Americans should fully acknowledge and embrace our LGBTQ citizens.
Obama now leads the growing chorus of supporters in his administration – joining the majority of Americans that believe that everyone should be able to express their commitment to the person they love through marriage. A Gallup poll released yesterday found that half of Americans believe same-sex couples should have the same right to wed as heterosexuals do.
As Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington State spend the next six months defending marriage equality bills, our hope is that you will join Pride Foundation and President Obama in publicly supporting marriage equality. Show your support today by volunteering or donating with the Washington United for Marriage Campaign.
Watch: Obama tells ABC interviewer he supports gay marriage.