Wednesday, May 9, 2012

PRESIDENT OBAMA COMES THROUGH FOR THE LGBTQIA AFTER MANY RECENT ACTIONS

Today, President Obama declared his support for marriage equality in the United States. This could not have been an easy decision, especially in an election year.  Let's Reach 1 Million People Campaign is so appreciative of the President's determination to see that all citizens be treated with dignity and respect. TRUE EQUALITY WILL PREVAIL WITH YOUR HELP...

On behalf of all LGBTQIA Worldwide, we say, "Thank You, Mr. President!"

You have to know that all of the efforts that every single one of you put forth for our Equality pays off.  This was not a decision President Obama made without a great deal of thought, encouragement, and support from individuals like each of you, as well as actions by groups such as ours.  This decision came less than 20 days after the civil rights marches and events of April 21st worldwide...this decision came after we had taken on something that had never been done in the history of gay rights!  Sure there were many that said the publicity generated was only mediocre, be it as it may, it was publicity and our event did receive tons of it and any publicity gets attention regardless and as the committee said all along, the timing was perfect for an event of that magnitude and now we must go forward and continue our work and ride this momentum all the way to the elections in November.

THIS SHOULD BE OUR NEXT CAMPAIGN.

Here is a post I made a couple weeks ago and it only received minimal response.

Please after the announcement today by our President, let's show America and the World that EQUALITY IS FOR ALL:

PEOPLE'S CHOICE: What action does Let's Reach 1 Million People campaign take on next?


The Worldwide event last Saturday, April 21st is producing great results from letters delivered from marchers, all the way to politicians acknowledging our inequality and the fight we have ahead of us and their desire to learn more about it and how they can assist. There will be advancements and positive steps resulting from the efforts of every single one of you for a long time to come. How do we follow this up? Of course, many of us will be continuing this fight and following up on progress from the 21st in the appropriate areas and incorporate this progress into any and all existing campaigns both locally and nationally, BUT WE NEED YOUR IDEAS ON WHAT TO DO NEXT AS A BUDDING AND GROWING GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATION!

Please take part in determining what action we take on next. Comment below with your suggestions. After we receive several PEOPLE'S CHOICE of potential actions, then let's continue the momentum and decide together which ones to take on next.

BE A PART OF THIS NEW GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT AND FEEL SOMETHING MANY MAY NOT HAVE FELT BEFORE OR FOR A LONG TIME...it really does change your life!

Go to the fabulous website designed by our own James Vivian and look around if you want to learn more about us, go to http://www.letsreachonemillionpeople.com/

CHECK US OUT AND JOIN NOW FOR YOUR FUTURE AND THAT OF OUR CHILDREN...

Here is an excerpt from a personal letter I sent to President Obama 3 days after the 
Worldwide event on April 21st...I never expected a response personally, but the announcement he made today was far more than I could have ever hoped for,

"In closing Mr. President, I want to thank you for what you have done during this first term of your Presidency and firmly believe you will come forth with a firm position to advance the rights of every LGBTQIA citizen in these United States going forward with your campaign for reelection.  We have done it before in these United States for a segment of society highly discriminated against and we must do it again!"

Today I received the following email and in no way am I implying it was in response to my personal letter I recently sent to the President, but it still makes me PROUD to say that I am a firm supporter of President Obama:

Joe --

Today, I was asked a direct question and gave a direct answer:

I believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

I hope you'll take a moment to watch the conversation, consider it, and weigh in yourself on behalf of marriage equality:

http://my.barackobama.com/Marriage

I've always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally. I was reluctant to use the term marriage because of the very powerful traditions it evokes. And I thought civil union laws that conferred legal rights upon gay and lesbian couples were a solution.

But over the course of several years I've talked to friends and family about this. I've thought about members of my staff in long-term, committed, same-sex relationships who are raising kids together. Through our efforts to end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, I've gotten to know some of the gay and lesbian troops who are serving our country with honor and distinction.

What I've come to realize is that for loving, same-sex couples, the denial of marriage equality means that, in their eyes and the eyes of their children, they are still considered less than full citizens.

Even at my own dinner table, when I look at Sasha and Malia, who have friends whose parents are same-sex couples, I know it wouldn't dawn on them that their friends' parents should be treated differently.

So I decided it was time to affirm my personal belief that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

I respect the beliefs of others, and the right of religious institutions to act in accordance with their own doctrines. But I believe that in the eyes of the law, all Americans should be treated equally. And where states enact same-sex marriage, no federal act should invalidate them.

If you agree, you can stand up with me here.

Thank you,

Barack

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad he finally evolved--I think he was with us all the time anyway, but as Andrew Sullivan said in his column the Dish, this IS partly political. The algebra showed he would gain more votes than lose. I DO wish he had announced BEFORE North Carolina's vote. If a 92 year old fart like Graham could get out of his wheelchair, Obama could have announced on Sunday.

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