The long awaited words have finally come. After one year of reflection, President Obama unequivocably endorsed gay marriage yesterday. “At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told ABC News’ Robin Roberts. He added that he arrived at the decision by talking to gay friends, staff members, his two daughters and his wife, who shared his support. He said also that it is not a matter of religion but of how we treat other people. This happened the very day after North Carolina voters approved a highly restrictive amendment to the state constitution that defines marriage as the legal union of a man and a woman and consequently bans gay marriage. By the way, until 1971 North Carolina state constitution prohibited mixed race marriage.
Mitt Romney who was an outspoken leader of the drive to ban same sex marriage after a court legalized the practice in Massachusetts made it very clear. “My view” he said “is that marriage itself is a relationship between a man and a woman, and that’s my own preference.” Honestly, I am quite puzzled by the fact that most of those American people who despise the “Obamacare” health reform as SOCIALIST and do not accept the public administration interfering in many aspects of their life including the way decent health care is guaranteed (or better NOT guaranteed) to all American citizen, are at the same time ready to accept the intrusion of the government into their bedrooms.
And what about California? After a 2008 decision of the Supreme Court of California in favor of this right, now the possibility for same sex couples to get married is temporarily on hold due to a series of appeals and ruling. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is the chairman of the Democratic party’s convention, was among the first to call on Democrats to add support for same-sex marriage to the party platform. And yesterday, the San Diego City Council voted unanimously to rename a two-block street for gay activist and civil rights leader Harvey Milk.