Aaron Sarver went to a Wilson, N.C., courthouse this morning with six gay couples who were applying for marriage licenses. Both Sarver, the communications director for the Campaign for Southern Equality, and the six couples knew what was coming.All stamps of denial.
“The people who have to live in communities and counties across the country where they’re not allowed to get married don’t super care about what are the political advantages or disadvantages of when full equality is reached,” Sarver said in a phone interview today.
“They just want it to be reached.”
That’s one reason that gay rights groups like the Campaign for Southern Equality — amid rumours that President Obama could be getting ready to endorse gay marriage in an ABC interview today — are pushing for Obama’s endorsement today.
Here’s the thing: Sarver and the Campaign for Southern Equality know an endorsement is going to come at some point. Gay rights groups know his “evolution” is going to be completed in due time.
But the timing does make a difference. If Obama endorses after potentially winning another four years in office, it’s another game of politics. If Obama endorses now, it’s a heroic act of courage to the gay rights community after a 20-point shilling in North Carolina on Tuesday night.
“The President is the leader of our country,” Evan Wolfson, the founder and president of Freedom to Marry, told Business Insider today.
“We expect presidents to speak out on moments of moral leadership, particularly when the real lives of families are affected by discrimination that needs to change. Having this president speak out forthrightly today for the freedom to marry and explaining how his heart opened and mind changed like so many others will help move the country to fairness.”
Wolfson added that he believes it’s good politics for the president to endorse. Because, as Tuesday’s Gallup poll showed, most Americans support the legalization of gay marriage, along with most Democrats and Independents.
But it gets a little more complicated in areas like North Carolina, a swing state Obama would love to win that just passed a sweeping referendum denying gay couples the right to marry and enter civil unions on Tuesday.
“I think this vote makes crystal clear that the President of the United States needs to stand up for the freedom to marry for all American citizens,” Lewis told Business Insider on Tuesday night.
“What I’m thinking of tonight is the gay kid growing up in North Carolina, who’s just been told that he can’t fulfil his dreams. The President of the United States needs to stand up for that kid. He needs to stand up for Americans and say that every single American has inherent freedom to marry the person they love and pursue their happiness.”
Now, the question: With all the hype and anticipation building for this interview, is there any way Obama can’t endorse it?
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