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.

Dear Mr. President:

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.
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    6051 Tue Nov 09 19:01:26 EST 2010 Anonymous You're great with words but now is the time to act.
    6050 Tue Nov 09 15:04:09 EST 2010 Deborah Paree "Separate but equal" never creates equality...it only creats second-class citizens. Equal Rights for All!
    6049 Tue Nov 09 12:42:35 EST 2010 Adam Gill how could you?
    6048 Mon Nov 08 23:24:35 EST 2010 Brian Olinski The government should not endorse discrimination.
    6047 Mon Nov 08 19:02:26 EST 2010 Leslie Mitchell stop calling it marriage-it adds an unnecessary religious connotation. marriage is a religious institution, whereas a civil union is a state institution. it is time for gay couples to have the same legal More....
    6046 Mon Nov 08 18:13:39 EST 2010 Jayson Harry
    6045 Mon Nov 08 18:13:03 EST 2010 Jayson Harry
    6044 Mon Nov 08 02:54:23 EST 2010 David Ferger
    6043 Mon Nov 08 01:36:23 EST 2010 Lauren Verruni
    6042 Sun Nov 07 13:27:20 EST 2010 Dave Costanza I actually voted for you, and continue to support you. You'll probably never read this, but just do what is right. Otherwise I will not be voting for you again. I have a feeling that you're going to More....
    6041 Sun Nov 07 04:12:38 EST 2010 Jordan Paree Even though I wasn't old enough to vote at the time, I was in full support of you during your presidential campaign. I had hope that we would see change in various communities, especially the LGBT community, More....
    6040 Sat Nov 06 15:49:28 EDT 2010 Anonymous When you think there'll ever be a better time than now I can't imagine. I am a 77-year- old white middle class lifelong liberal woman who for sure will never vote for you again if you continue to disappoint. More....
    6039 Sat Nov 06 05:02:21 EDT 2010 faith brooks You paint pretty pictures with your words,but they all blow away in the wind. Deeds are what we need from you,
    now.It's time for "put up or shut up" . Mr. President.
    6038 Sat Nov 06 05:00:40 EDT 2010 faith brooks You paint pretty pictures with your words,but they all blow away in the wind. Deeds are what we need from you,
    now.It's time for "put up or shut up" . Mr. President.
    6037 Sat Nov 06 02:28:20 EDT 2010 Katherine O'Connor Dear Mr. President, I voted for you because I believed you favored FULL equality for ALL Americans. Please don't prove me wrong.
    6036 Fri Nov 05 12:36:31 EDT 2010 Daniel Spohr
    6035 Fri Nov 05 09:22:25 EDT 2010 Jessica O'Brian
    6034 Fri Nov 05 08:59:15 EDT 2010 Arianna Dutter
    6033 Thu Nov 04 00:57:37 EDT 2010 Kevin Evans Please don't give us or this issue "lip service" any longer, Mr. President. All we want is equality. Surely you can sympathize, empathize with that.
    6032 Wed Nov 03 17:13:18 EDT 2010 Dee Vicidomini Dear Mr. President, I am disgusted by this country and disappointed by you. I voted for you in 08 hopeful that you were a humanist and would do whatever possible to bring FREEDOM and EQUALITY to all More....
    6031 Wed Nov 03 11:05:46 EDT 2010 Jesse Woodrow Dear Mr.President,as a progressive,I voted for you in '08,and you have been a disappointment.I believed you had the potential to be a JFK,and you still do.The ball is in your court Mr.President.
    6030 Wed Nov 03 11:03:25 EDT 2010 Jesse Woodrow Dear Mr.President,as a progressive,I voted for you in '08,and you have been a disappointment.I believed you had the potential to be a JFK,and you still do.The ball is in your court Mr.President.
    6029 Wed Nov 03 11:02:30 EDT 2010 Richard L Gasper Dear Mr.President,as a progressive,I voted for you in '08,and you have been a disappointment.I believed you had the potential to be a JFK,and you still do.The ball is in your court Mr.President.
    6028 Wed Nov 03 11:00:16 EDT 2010 Jesse Woodrow Dear Mr.President,as a progressive,I voted for you in '08,and you have been a disappointment.I believed you had the potential to be a JFK,and you still do.The ball is in your court Mr.President.
    6027 Wed Nov 03 04:25:25 EDT 2010 Gregory Wallace
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    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.")