This Tuesday, an amendment was passed in North Carolina that declares marriage between one man and one woman as the only legally recognized domestic union in the state. This not only effectively banned same-sex marriages, but also civil unions.
The executive committee for this amendment claims that its passing merely shows that North Carolina residents are defending the traditional idea of marriage; however, the following day, President Obama made a monumental public statement expressing his support not just for civil unions, as he has in the past, but for same-sex marriage.
His announcement received shock, applause, outrage, and critique in equal doses. While religious conservatives and extremists alike made the typical, “Obama is an agent of Satan,” comments on every corner of the Internet, many others, including famous household names, have applauded the president for what both sides of the issue consider a bold move.
Snooki and JWoww from the popular reality TV show Jersey Shore expressed their pride in a president who supported equal rights for the gay community. Prominent members of the LGBT community expressed their gratitude to the president, including beloved comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres who applauded Obama for what she considered a brave move during an election year.
Despite Obama’s explanation of his personal “evolution” regarding same-sex marriage, people supporting either side of this polarizing issue, including Bristol Palin, claimed that this was purely a political move to gain votes. Others, gay rights activists in particular, expressed their hesitation to commend the president because his statement alone could not effect the changes sought out by the LGBT population and its supporters.
Now political analysts are pondering how these events will affect the elections in November. Regardless of your stance on the issue, you can stay informed about legal, societal, and political issues pertaining to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered population through Best of the Web. Whether seeking news updates, blogs and commentary, or educational information, you can find reliable resources provided to you through the BOTW Directories.