It sure is nice to have a President who is able to become better and better while in office. After endorsing the concept of civili unions over gay marriage for the majority of his first term, President Obama now has evolved into a vocal advocate for marriage equality:
Obama urging state lawmakers to legalize gay marriage in Illinois: Sun-Times exclusiveThe measure being voted on was, of course, initiated by Democrats. Republicans, of course, aren't expected to provide much support. There is no guarantee that this measure will pass, despite the Democrats controlling both the Illinois State House and Senate, but the President's endorsement in his home state carries weight and makes it more likely that the "Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act" will become law in Illinois:
By Lynn Sweet on December 29, 2012 6:07 PM
WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama is urging the Illinois General Assembly to legalize gay marriage in his home state as lawmakers are poised to take up the measure as early as this week in Springfield.
The practical impact of Obama urging his home state to legalize gay marriage is to prod--and give political cover to--reluctant Democrats from conservative suburban and Downstate districts.http://blogs.suntimes.com/...
Thank you, state Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), state Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), and President Obama for your efforts to move Illinois into the 21st Century. I fully agree with you that couples who love each other should be able to marry, regardless of their sex. I am thrilled that the U.S. is finally evolving into a modern, civilized country on the issue of marriage equality.
This kind of thing is why I vote for Democrats.