Wednesday, May 09, 2012
President Obama now openly supports same-sex marriage
President Obama today said, “It is important to me to affirm that same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Yahoo! video link. His position has evolved to a logical conclusion.
The President mentioned the issue of equality for soldiers “now that don’t ask don’t tell is gone”.
The Chicago Tribune has a detailed story by Michael A. Memoli and Kathleen Hennessey, link here.
Last night, Piers Morgan was interviewing another Baptist preacher from the FRC (not the same one who stirred up a furor on AC360), who claimed “it was a policy issue, not about how individual people turn out.” He claimed that if marriage is “diluted”, fewer people will be interested in marriage and raising children. It seems like it’s about getting privileges, rewards, and social support. Sometimes those privileges do get subsidized by sacrifices from others.
I can tell you that the issue didn’t really affect me until I was in an eldercare situation and working as a substitute teacher. When people expect you to “take care of them”, you have to be seen as an equal, or the whole scene can become humiliating very quickly. It’s not just about couples. It’s also about singles who find themselves challenged as “members of a community”.
ABC’s main video link is here.