President Obama Embraces Marriage Equality in Maine, Maryland, Washington and Minnesota
President Barack Obama has reaffirmed his support for the LGBT community by endorsing marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, Washington and Minnesota, four states in which marriage for same-sex couples hangs in the balance.
According to the Seattle Post Intelligencer, President Obama, through Spokesperson Paul Bell, urged a “yes” vote on Referendum 74, which would legalize marriage between gay and lesbian couples, saying:
"While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the president believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect," said Bell. "Washington's same-sex marriage law would treat all Washington couples equally, and that is why the President supports a vote to approve Referendum 74."
Likewise in Maine, where voters will decide to reverse an upset from 2009, President Obama pushed voters to a “yes” vote on Question 1. According to The Portland Press Herald, President Obama supports marriage equality at the state level, as well:
"[t]he president believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect," said Michael Czin, Northeast regional press secretary. "The president believes same-sex couples should be treated equally and supports Question 1."
"The record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples. That's what the Minnesota ballot initiative would do -- it would single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples -- and that's why the President does not support it."
President Obama also voiced his support for marriage in Maryland, where voters will decide whether to keep the marriage equality bill passed and signed into law this year, saying:
"We’re moving forward to a country where we treat everybody fairly and everybody equally, with dignity and respect," Obama said according to a transcript of the speech. "And here in Maryland, thanks to the leadership of committed citizens and Governor O’Malley, you have a chance to reaffirm that principle in the voting booth in November. It’s the right thing to do."
GLAAD has been working closely with the campaigns in each of these states to elevate stories of loving and committed couples as well as shining light on the anti-gay efforts to disqualify our relationships. We've also created information pages for of these campaigns and encourage you to visit their information pages: Maine, Maryland, Washington, Minnesota.