Gay marriage backers on Obama: 'Big day for all Americans'
As gay rights advocates waited for a much-anticipated interview with President Obama regarding gay marriage, one called Wednesday “a big day for all Americans.”
Speaking from his office in Washington, D.C., Human Rights Campaign communications director Fred Sainz said the president’s expected comments could be the end to his “evolving” views on the issue.
“I think the term ‘evolving’ implies constant motion with an end. I think at some point, the evolution has to end,” Sainz said. “I’m hopeful that it will be today.”
ABC’s Robin Roberts was scheduled to interview Obama on Wednesday in a hastily scheduled interview that comes after two top members of his administration spoke publicly in support of same-sex marriage.
On Sunday, Vice President Joe Biden said on “Meet the Press” he is “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex marriage. A day later, Education Secretary Arne Duncan told MSNBC he supports gay marriage.
Also making headlines was the Tuesday passage of a law banning same-sex marriage in North Carolina, which Sainz called a “stinging loss.” Having the president speak out in support would show a “strong and principled leader taking a position based on his convictions.”
West Hollywood Councilman John Heilman called it “incredible” progress that a president will even address the issue of gay marriage directly. Echoing a sentiment common in his city, he called the North Carolina amendment “disappointing but not surprising.”