So now the President of the United States has said that Gay and Lesbian Americans deserve the freedom to Marry, not civil partner, not domestic partnership-ing or any other separate but not quite equal "marriage-esqe" arrangement but out and out Marriage.
here . We are already seeing the unholy sh*tstorm that is spewing from the American Taliban at the news that President Obama has finally "come out" in support of Marriage Equality.
You can see the beginnings on twitter as the various spokes-nuts from assorted right wing hate groups are already spewing venom. Stomping their little teabagger feet and basically shrieking "SEE! WE TOLD YOU SO!" The good folks over at FOX News have already labelled this the Obama "War on Marriage" ....Yawn.
Yet it is interesting to note, that FOX's main talking point on this issue has quickly changed. Maybe the brain trust over there at FOX News has seen the latest Gallup Poll on this issue, which shows over fifty percent of Americans actually favor Marriage Equality for Gays and Lesbians....oops. Have no fear though, FOX quickly found their new talking point. "Obama is saying this just because it's popular!"
What does this mean? Honestly, not much. Nothing has changed as a result of the ABC interview. The Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) is still the law of the land in the United States. Individual states can still enact laws and constitutional amendments that ban any and all recognition of same sex couples. Just yesterday the state of North Carolina did exactly that. Despite already having a law on the books in the state that defined marriage as only between a man and a woman. (So now in North Carolina, same sex marriage is twice as illegal?)
So today's Presidential statement on Marriage Equality does nothing to help bi-national same sex couples like us, who still are forced to live in DOMA exile, or try to make long distance relationships work. Still, today's Presidential "evolution" while essentially just symbolic, never the less is historic. The President of the United States has stated clearly and publicly that same sex couples should have the exact same freedom to Marry as heterosexual couples. It is an endorsement of the civil rights of millions of Americans that has been long overdue.
Thank You Mr. President.