Snap Fact #196
President Obama Has Consistently Championed Equal Rights For Gays and Lesbians!
President Obama rose to the heights of moral leadership in declaring his support for full legal recognition and social acceptance of the marriages of gays and lesbians. Acknowledging that his position has evolved over the years, the President took the final step in his evolution. Previously, the President had led the reversal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” hypocrisy in the military, and had ordered the Justice Department not to enforce DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, on the grounds that he believed it unconstitutional. Newsweek depicted Obama as the first “Gay President,” on the cover of its May 21, 2012 issue. The controversial cover credited the President thusly because of his consistent championing of gay and lesbian rights during his term in office.
The paramount civil rights issue of our day is securing equal rights for gays and lesbians. Although public opinion has been shifting rapidly, “homophobia” - prejudice against gays and lesbians – is deeply rooted in Western culture, and especially in the United States. Thirty States in the Union have passed constitutional amendments and other laws prohibiting same-sex marriage. Earlier generations fought anti-Semitism, anti-Black racism, anti-Catholicism, misogyny – prejudice against women – and even prejudice against left-handed people. Laughable as it now is, lefties used to be forced to write right-handed, within the lifetimes of many of us.
More and more, scientists recognize that homosexuality is a genetic trait, as is race or gender, or left-handedness. Homosexuality has characterized a percentage of the population of every society in history, and is found similarly in nature. It is the very essence of democracy to encourage people to be who they are, as long as they don’t hurt others. In a democracy, citizens freely celebrate who they are by birth and freely choose their mates, their religions, their occupations, their interests, etc.