Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California (Video of the speech) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This week was remarkable for the United States. President Obama made the case for allowing marriage rights to same sex couples. I think by doing so he expanded the boundaries of freedom and established the notion of an equal playing field for same sex orientation. Even so, this announcement does nothing but allow the nation to see where Barack Obama believes the line should draw on this issue.
It was the beginning of a step that follows a long line of steps to bring more equality to humanity and allow equal sets of rules to be applied for an oppressed group in our nation. Not only does it signal a greater move, but it also signals to the world that under Obama, the US is still a land of opportunity for everyone regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation. Of course, discrimination still exists throughout the world in these areas, yet the US can still provide a guiding light for all.
I’m heterosexual, but I can still appreciate President Obama’s position staked out this week. First off, it is a bold declaration on his part. It is politically risky. Not only does this fire up the right wing, it pokes a stick in the eye of all the backwards goobers out there who compensate for their closeted gayness with mindless homophobia. Some people do not understand or derive any pleasure from Obama’s revelation. The reigning wisdom is that the people who are adamantly opposed to same sex marriage will vote against the president in November anyway. Also, this move illustrates that President Obama’s base is ripe and receptive for this kind of an activation. Signals like this during the campaign will continue to activate his base. Beyond the political calculus, by taking up the struggle of LGBT people, other forms of discrimination become more outdated and barbaric. The fight in this area only makes the injustices of racial and gender discrimination more undeniable under the law.
Personally, I’m inspired by the pronouncement because it is morally correct in the context of freedom and equal rights. Also it is a risky move and that also gives me some new respect for the President that he could take an outspoken stand on what is right. Pretty exceptional stuff, all in all. It’s nice to get inspired over what has always been an American value during my lifetime, equal rights. Much better than complaining how the GOP continues to monkey wrench economic recovery and the will of the people. I hope this fires you up to get out and make everyone you know cast a vote in all of the years elections.
- Supporting Barack Obama’s Strong Stand for Marriage Equality (hawaiireporter.com)
- Celebrating Equal Rights (candid-cam.net)
- As President Obama visits Seattle, Executive Constantine salutes Obama for courageous stand on marriage equality (ballardnewstribune.com)
- President Obama’s on Marriage Equality (thefirstwire.wordpress.com)