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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Obama Comes Out for Gay Marriage -- Finally

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2012 at 12:17 PM

click to enlarge Obama secures the gay vote
  • Obama secures the gay vote

It seems those many trips to San Francisco this year have convinced President Barack Obama that gays should be allowed to tie the knot. News reports of the president's reversal on same-sex marriage is making rounds in the blogosphere this afternoon, and for good reason: It's about damn time!

According to press reports, Obama came out -- literally -- for same-sex marriage, explaining the obvious, that when two people who are in a loving, monogomous relationship, they should be allowed to get married, regardless of their sexual orientation.

Here's a snippet of the interview with our newly minted pro-gay president:

"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. I've stood on the side of broader equality for the

LGBT community. I hesitated on gay marriage in part because I thought

civil unions would be sufficient. I was sensitive to the

fact that for a lot of people, the word 'marriage' evokes very powerful

traditions, religious beliefs."

And here's what Obama said about gay marriage two years ago:
 



Of course, San Francisco is thrilled by the news: City Attorney Dennis Herrera was the first to issue a statement (not surprisingly) praising the president for his decision.

"I'm delighted that President Obama has publicly announced his support for marriage equality. The President's evolution on this important civil rights issue mirrors that of millions of Americans over the last several years, and I'm confident his leadership will help change the hearts and minds of millions more in the days ahead. With his announcement today, President Obama now stands with San Francisco on the right side of history."

Anyway, congrats to the president for finally realizing it's time to advance civil rights. Now if only he had the same empathy for medical marijuana patients.

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Erin Sherbert has been Online News Editor for SF Weekly since 2010. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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