Ask the President to Support Full Marriage Equality
"The president does oppose same-sex marriage, but he supports equality for gay and lesbian couples" - Obama adviser David Axelrod to MSNBC, 8/5/10
Please add your name to our open letter to the President (below) asking him to come out in support of full marriage equality for LGBT Americans.
Why? Because it's time.
In the wake of today's historic court decision on Proposition 8, it's time for President Obama to support full marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.(1)
Today's news comes on the heels of last month's decision by a federal district court in Massachusetts finding DOMA unconstitutional.(2) We are on the march towards full equality, and we need the President with us.
It's time for President Obama to show leadership.
It's time for President Obama to stop defending DOMA in the courts.(3)
And it's time for President Obama to declare his support for full marriage equality.
You simply do not support equality for gay and lesbian couples if you don't support letting them marry. "Separate but equal" treatment of LGBT Americans, in any form, is unjust, immoral, and simply wrong. Barack Obama knows that. In fact, he favored legalizing same-sex marriages back in 1996.(4) But in 2008, the Obama campaign made a calculated political decision that the candidate wouldn't support full marriage equality. In 2012, not supporting marriage equality will be the wrong political decision for Barack Obama.
President Obama must decide whether to be on the right or the wrong side of history. Our freedom is on the march. It's time for our President to join us.
Please add your name to our open letter to the President. Ask President Obama to support full marriage equality.
We are writing to ask you to come out in support of full marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.
In 1996, you were in favor of legalizing same–sex marriage. By 2008, your public position had changed.
“Separate but equal” is wrong. It’s time for you to do the right thing, and come out again for full equality for LGBT Americans.
We are on the march towards full equality. Please join us.
|Number||Date||Name||Please feel free to add your ...|
|6075||Sun Oct 02 15:23:25 EDT 2011||Shamyn Whitehawk||Racial discrimination, although not yet defeated, is on the decline. In those cases, one can pick out the people being discriminated against due to racial characteristics. Homosexuals can be called an More...."invisible" minority since there is no visible evidence of who belongs to it. Does that make the discrimination that is practiced against us right? The US government intervened for all the other minorities. Why not ours?|
|6074||Tue Sep 20 13:45:02 EDT 2011||Latoya Travis||Various people in all countries get the <a href="http://bestfinance-blog.com">loan</a> in different banks, just because it is simple and comfortable.|
|6073||Thu Sep 08 09:45:11 EDT 2011||Ty Lewis||The time is now. Secure your re-election by the gay community. Get this country back on the move and stand up for workers and minority rights.|
|6072||Wed Aug 10 19:18:16 EDT 2011||Sonny Feldman|
|6071||Mon Jul 18 18:43:09 EDT 2011||Bobby Willard||I have been thru the 60's, 70's, and 80's attitude, but this is not those days any more. We as a nation are supposed to advance, not step back in time. Advance the gays in our quest to be equal in all More....aspects of life. It is time!|
|6070||Thu Jun 09 19:39:13 EDT 2011||Anonymous|
|6069||Tue Jun 07 14:20:37 EDT 2011||molly fullerton|
|6068||Fri May 20 18:09:12 EDT 2011||Aaron Yoshitake|
|6067||Tue Mar 15 20:50:51 EDT 2011||Sarah Spinks||Equal rights are not equal unless they apply to everyone. Opposing equality in marriage like saying there is no difference between the front of the bus and the back.|
|6066||Thu Feb 03 01:45:13 EST 2011||Anonymous|
|6065||Tue Jan 04 14:47:49 EST 2011||Elba Gale||Dear Mr. President,
You have the opportunity and the power to grant equal rights to all US citizens. The might of the majority is not always right. Gay and Lesbian Americans have been denied More....equal protection under the law for too long.
All Americans should have equal civil liberties including the pursuit of happiness.
I truly hope that you have the courage to stand up for what is truly the right and moral thing to do even if it is an unpopular issue for the majority of our country. School integration and The Civil Rights Acts were both unpopular. However, our leaders had the courage and honor to recognize the unconstitutionality of denying African Americans the same rights as White Americans.
Please do the same for our Gay Americans!
Elba I. Gale (mother of two Gay sons)
|6064||Wed Dec 15 11:35:54 EST 2010||Anonymous|
|6063||Fri Nov 26 08:56:55 EST 2010||Don Hauser|
|6062||Wed Nov 17 16:45:17 EST 2010||Janelle Moore|
|6061||Thu Nov 11 17:44:53 EST 2010||Elaine Romagnoli||Talk is cheap Mr. President. Time for action|
|6060||Thu Nov 11 12:22:10 EST 2010||ChadMichael Morrisette|
|6059||Wed Nov 10 17:06:53 EST 2010||Nicke Gorney|
|6058||Wed Nov 10 16:44:12 EST 2010||melanie mitzner|
|6057||Wed Nov 10 12:36:21 EST 2010||Terry Wilkerson|
|6056||Wed Nov 10 04:44:03 EST 2010||clifford stewart|
|6055||Wed Nov 10 02:44:30 EST 2010||Kelly White|
|6054||Wed Nov 10 00:27:04 EST 2010||Cassandra Sheffield||Its time to treat everyone the same! We all deserve the same rights!!!|
|6053||Tue Nov 09 23:26:34 EST 2010||Willow Clark|
|6052||Tue Nov 09 21:04:29 EST 2010||Jeff Coombs||The time is now - everyone deserves the same rights today|
|6051||Tue Nov 09 19:01:26 EST 2010||Anonymous||You're great with words but now is the time to act.|
Source for Axelrod quote at top of page.
1. "Prop. 8 is unconstitutional," AMERICAblog Gay, August 4, 2010.
2. "Section 3 of DOMA found unconstitutional," AMERICAblog, July 8, 2010.
3. "Obama defends DOMA in federal court," AMERICAblog, June 12, 2009.
4. "Obama changed views on gay marriage," Windy City Times, February 1, 2009. ("Obama's answer to the 1996 Outlines question was very clear: 'I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.' There was no use of 'civil unions,' no compromise whatsoever.")