Following President Barack Obama's historic announcement yesterday, celebrities are weighing in on their support as well. The decision by the president to officially endorse marriage equality will be a large tenet up until November's election. Anti-gay proponents and some media have spoken unfavorably on the black community's stance on this issue and it's great to see black celebrities such as Wanda Sykes, Russell Simmons and John Legend all speaking out to combat an arbitrary narrative that the anti-gay side has used to divide communities of color with the LGBT movement.
We applaud the many voices who have come forth publicly to endorse their own personal support in what marks another global moment for the state of marriage for same-sex couples in the United States.
Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post writes about Obama's words and deeds, here. Capehart writes that he respects the president's ability to affirm something that is neither easy nor convenient.
The fight for equality does not stop here, but it's hugely impactful to add additional legs to the table.
Thank you President Obama for supporting marriage equality.Can't explain how much this means to me, my wife, and our kids. #Obama2012
— Official Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) May 9, 2012
Yes! "For me personally it is important for me to...affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married" barackobama.com/stand-with-the…
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) May 10, 2012
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) May 9, 2012
Very pleased the President spoke up for human rights and marriage equality today.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 9, 2012
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) May 9, 2012
thank you Mr. President for your support of gay marriage... bit.ly/ID3QoP
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) May 9, 2012