Sorry about the late afternoon post, but I was delaying my errands to see President Obama’s announcement in favor of marriage equality. It made me very glad to hear Obama make this announcement. And I especially like that he based his statement on the Golden Rule:
you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated. And I think that’s what we try to impart to our kids and that’s what motivates me as president and I figure the most consistent I can be in being true to those precepts, the better I’ll be as a dad and a husband and hopefully the better I’ll be as president.
Now I can be cynical and say this is about electoral politics and keeping young voters energized. Or I can complain and say that I wish he had done it before North Carolina voted to amend their state constitution (especially considering it looks like “State House Speaker Thom Tillis, a Republican from a Charlotte suburb, said earlier in the year that even if the amendment passed, it would be reversed as today’s young adults age — within 20 years.”), but that would miss the point. This is about moving forward: getting good people in office, voting down bad laws, and making sure everyone has the right to be with the one they love, and receive all the rights and privileges that come with a committed relationship. You know, treating people like people.
So in the upcoming months, get out there and put your votes and dollars to good use. Let’s keep this moving forward. Let’s show North Carolina that 20 years was a very pessimistic estimate.