President Barack Obama personally supports same-sex marriage.
He is accepting his nomination for re-election tonight in a state whose voters approved a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. It already was illegal under North Carolina law. The amendment enshrined the ban in the state’s Constitution. The vote, on May 8, was 1.3 million to 840,000.
Tonight, the Democratic Party is showing a video at the party’s convention in Charlotte featuring Obama’s commitment to equal rights for gay and lesbians.
“I could not be prouder of the work that we’ve done on behalf of the LGBT,” Obama says in an appearance taped at the Human Rights Campaign. “It’s no secret that progress has been incredibly difficult.”
“It’s about our common humanity, and our willingness to walk in someone else’s shoes,” Obama says. “We still have a long way to go, but we will get there.”
While Obama has pushed for equal property, employment, insurance and other rights for gays and lesbians, it was only late in his term that he disclosed that his views about same-sex marriage had evolved to that of support. Polls show younger Americans, in particular, support him in this.
“My expectation,” Obama says in the video his party is viewing tonight in the state that prohibits same-sex marriage, “is that when you look back on these years you will see a time in which we have put to stop to discrimination against gays and lesbians.”
Another convention video touts the president’s repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that forced declared gay and lesbian service members to leave the military: