Following his up-tempo State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama is putting his money where his mouth is regarding LGBT rights in America.
In a meeting Thursday at The White House, Obama said: “I will tell you peoples’ hearts have opened up on this issue. I think people know that treating folks unfairly, even if you disagree with their lifestyle choice, the fact of the matter is they’re not bothering you. Let them live their lives and under the law they should be treated equally. And as far as me personally, just to see all the loving gay and lesbian couples that I know who are great parents and great partners, the idea that we would not treat them like the brothers and sisters they are, that doesn’t make any sense to me.”
The Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to take on the issue of marriage equality nationwide. The consolidated case being considered stems from four different states – Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.
“My hope is that they go ahead and recognize what I think the majority of people in America now recognize, which is two people who love each other and are treating each other with respect, and aren’t bothering anybody else, why would the law treat them differently?” Obama told YouTube creator GloZell Green. “There’s no good reason for it, and so as a consequence I’m hopeful the Supreme Court comes to the right decision.”
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has already issued his support of marriage equality nationwide, saying he intends a friend-of-the-court arguing in favor of marriage rights “for all Americans.”
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for this case in April, and their decision is expected toward the end of June.
The video below is courtesy of the Washington Blade.