Pat Stands by the President on Marriage Equality

Pat Stands by the President on Marriage Equality

Today, President Obama announced his official support for marriage equality. I say Bravo, Mr. President! It is about time that the President of the United States of America finally recognizes that all marriages between two loving individuals as equal. Its a view that I share with the President. All marriages are equal regardless of the gender of either partner.

At a certain point I’ve just concluded that, for me personally, it is important for me go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.

- President Obama

As with most people, I have friends and relatives that are members of LGBT community. I’ve worked to help get LGBT friendly candidates like Greg Stanton elected in Phoenix as a volunteer on his campaign. This is an important issue to me and goes further than just the idea of marriage itself but why people would withhold marriage from others. Government should not be an entity that withholds rights but that protects rights for the people.

This is the first step nationally for recognition of this marginalized group to be treated equally and without discrimination in all aspects of life. If elected, I promise that I would work to ensure that not only would I work on legislation to support same sex marriage but I would work on legislation that supports the rights of all groups, including the rights of women to equal pay. Equality based legislation and fairness in legislating will be cornerstones of how I operate. Every decision I make will be made after weighing how and why it is in the best interests for my community and the state at large.

Just to be clear, I support marriage, plain and simple. Qualifying it with “same-sex” or “gay” is ridiculous; we don’t talk about a “straight” or “hetero” marriage because it’s simply marriage. We are talking about people, after all. These are our brothers and our sisters and our neighbors. I believe it is far more wrong to stick your nose into someone else’s business, and even moreso to use the Bible to justify it.

To all my brothers, sisters, and friends, treat others as you would have them treat you. And if you feel the need to point out the other person’s problems, take a look to ensure that the log in your eye is taken care of first.

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