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Area Lawmakers React to Obama's Support of Same-Sex Marriage

What do you think of the president's support of gay marriage?

On May 9, President Obama became the first U.S. president to issue a statement of support  for gay marriage.

"Same sex couples should be able to get married," he said.         

State Rep. Nickie Antonio — one of the — called the president's announcement "historic."

"It's very affirming to have the president say that he believes our lives should matter and be considered equal to everyone else's," she said. "What's not to love about that?"

Antonio, as a state representative, isn't even allowed to leave her pension to her partner, she pointed out.

She called this week a "roller coaster" for gay rights in America, pointing to a measure in North Carolina that bans same-sex marriage and civil unions.

"My phone was blowing up with people asking if we should boycott the Democratic convention in North Carolina. I think absolutely not," Antonio said. "I think people need to go to support the gay community in North Carolina. If your not at the table, you won't get a menu."

"We have more work to do," she added. "To change the hearts and minds of people is a process. It just takes time. I think people are very encouraged."

Congresswoman Betty Sutton (OH-13) released a statement in response to President Obama’s announcement.  

"Future generations will look back on the actions taken today to end discrimination in all of its forms as a watershed moment,” Sutton said in the statement. “Every American deserves a chance at the American Dream, with no exception."

We know where the politicians stand, but Patch is asking readers for your opinion. Do you support gay marriage? Take our poll or tell us in the comments section.

Ryan Salo May 12, 2012 at 04:12 PM
wow, your 5 year old could probably see the connection, if it was laid out in a fair way. Europe is a few years down this road so we can see what will be next for the homosexual movement. I guess your short term logic would make sense if there weren't ample examples that this is not the end game. Obviously you didn't read any of my links and you are closed minded to the facts. I am going to continue to enjoy my headache free day. ;)
Michael Rice May 13, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Ryan likes to gay bash. Search him on google, he has a reputation for being a gay basher. Just as he would not provide business services to a gay or lesbian person, I will not use his business, in fact, I will let others know to do the same. Word of mouth is more powerful than your negativity and ignorance. Now I am going to have sweet dreams thinking how nice it will be not to converse with people who spread hate and try to tell me they're good Christians.
The original Bill May 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM
People who are the biggest and loudest gay bashers are generally closet homosexuals themselves. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homophobia
Colin McEwen May 14, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Let's not get personal, folks. We just don't allow it.
Linda Beebe May 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Wow! That is well said. I have never been able to understand why some people insist that theirs is the only WAY and brook no disagreement orm discussion. There is an arrogance about evangelism I find really disconcerting.

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