President Barack Obama's Support of Gay Marriage Gets Hollywood's Attention
From support to snark, here's what the entertainment industry and other public figures are saying about the head of state's support of for LGBT rights to marry.
President Barack Obama made a startling announcement on Wednesday that he had changed his mind on simply supporting civil unions for gay Americans. He has now decided to put his considerable weight behind legal marriage for gay people.
“At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told ABC News in an interview.
The change of position arrived just three days after his V.P., Joe Biden, made headlines when he came out in support of gay marriage. That clearly placed some pressure on the President to clarify his stance on the issue.
As the reports began proliferating on the internet, Hollywood took notice. Ranging from support to snark, here’s what the entertainment industry is saying about Obama’s support of gay marriage.
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A statement released by Cyndi Lauper
The president's support of marriage equality gives hope and encouragement to the millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people who feel ostracized and alone. The words of the president have reinforced that they are worthy of dignity, respect, and love – just like everyone else.
Thank you President @BarackObama for your beautiful and brave words. I'm overwhelmed.
I second! RT @TheEllenShow: Thank you President @BarackObama for your beautiful and brave words. I'm overwhelmed.
Pretty darn happy today. Thanks Mr President, for supporting the dignity of my family and so many others!
Neil Patrick Harris
“@BarackObama: President Obama announces his support for same-sex marriage” Bravo, Mr. President, and thank you.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
With @MichelleObama & @JustinMikita permission I would like to marry @BarackObama right now!
BREAKING: Obama I voted for finally takes office. #BetterLateThanNever
So proud of our President who showed such leadership& the meaning of America's freedom 4 all!
RT @marwilliamson: Good on Obama for doing the right thing and endorsing gay marriage!
RT @Delisa619: Anyone who pays taxes should be able to marry who they want. The government should not monitor who is in love.
Had the honor of seeing @BarackObama talk w/young ppl about this the last few years. Your voices made a big difference!
A BRAND NEW DAY! NOW WE MUST SUPPORT HIM IN TURN! TURNOUT!! OBAMA ENDORSES GAY MARRIAGE...
Better late than never!!!! Obama supports same-sex marriage
Obama says gay marriage should be legal. Obama's new campaign slogan: "DUH."
RuPaul's Drag Race
.@BarackObama... shantay, you stay!
Obama backs gay marriage. Romney backs 1940's meaning of gay.
YAY!!!! President Obama comes out in support of gay marriage !!!!