Dear MoveOn member,
President Barack Obama made history Wednesday by coming out in support of full marriage equality for all couples, no matter who they love.1
This never would have happened without the progressive community pushing the president to fully "evolve" on this issue, and the tireless work of MoveOn members across the country for marriage equality.
But President Obama is already feeling the heat for taking this stand in an election year. Fox Nation accused him of declaring a "War on Marriage," and Republicans are jumping on this, hoping that intolerance helps win them the election.2
The president's support of full marriage equality is something to be celebrated, and frankly, rewarded. We have pushed the president to lead on many issues, marriage equality among them. The best way to encourage the president to keep showing leadership and taking strong stands is to demonstrate how much his actions mean to you.
We still have a lot of work to do on marriage equality—just days ago, an amendment banning same-sex unions passed in North Carolina, and a bill in support of civil unions failed in Colorado.3 But this stance by the president is of huge symbolic importance. May we never again have a president who opposes fundamental equality for all Americans.
On a personal note, I can't tell you how deeply meaningful President Obama's statement was to me. With my own big gay wedding only 23 days away, it's incredibly uplifting to know that President Obama supports my right to marry the love of my life. That's why for the first time since 2008, I pulled out my credit card and donated to his re-election. I hope you will join me.
Thanks for all you do.
–Julia, Stephen, Elena, Victoria, and the rest of the team
1. "Obama Says Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Legal," The New York Times, May 9, 2012
2. "Fox Nation: Obama 'Declares War on Marriage,'" Towleroad, May 9, 2012
3. "Same-sex civil union bill fails in Colorado," Reuters, May 9, 2012
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