This morning I awakened to the news that North Carolina had passed a state Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. My heart broke. This is the state that my parents hail from, as well as so many of my family members.
A state where I spent the summers with my grandmother and cousins, and have so many fond memories...and a state that just legislated bigotry and injustice as if setting the calendar back a good 50 years. One step forward, two steps back....
Then in the same day, this afternoon, the President of the United States bravely speaks out (in an election year) that he supports marriage equality. What? Is this true? YES! After years of being on the proverbial fence, or as he has stated "evolving", today he said in an ABC interview, "At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."
Yes they should. It is the right thing to do. It is the just thing to do.
Around the world, many Western countries wonder why we struggle so hard with this issue. I have attended a same-sex wedding in Belgium, and it was just as beautiful and moving as any wedding. No fuss. No picketing. Just acceptance. And why wouldn't it be when two persons commit themselves to each other in the highest form that we use as a culture...not to mention the legal protections.
Today, the President did the right thing. During this election year, it will be used against him that he came out on the side of justice and fairness. That's a sad thing. During this election year, he has also shown integrity. That’s a good thing.
Thank you Mr. President.
MMFN Program Director
Lea GilmoreThe Moving Maryland Forward Network