Many have called LGBT equality the civil rights issue of our time. I think they're right. And Mitt Romney doesn't only oppose marriage for gays, he finds the prospect of gay parenting to be anathema to all that's good and civil.
President Obama celebrated Pride at the White House and my sister was there. I had to take a pause. Never in my lifetime would I ever have imagined that a sitting president would stand up and welcome her. Words can't express my pride in our president and our country's courage.
We have to understand that words matter. Calls for equality lead to equality. Calls for death lead to death. Using gay as an epithet may no longer be legally shameful, but it still leads to violence, suicide, murder.
It's not ok to impose your homophobia on others anymore in America, even though we just saw it happen in Colorado. Most Colorado legislators know it. Yet the legislation was killed by Colorado House Republicans.
Whether prompted by moral conviction or political expediency, the president's support of same sex marriage is still causing reflection among several diverse communities throughout the U.S. and it has impacted a college course I am teaching later this year, "From Slavery to Obama."
President Obama has made it clear that the right for gay/lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to marry the person they love enables them to be finally "free at last" -- to be included in the Dream that Dr. King had for America.
What does all this boil down to legally in the short term? Not much. Little will change immediately at the federal level because of the president's statement today, but it's doubtless psychologically meaningful for many people.
Leaders lead. Today our president showed us what leadership looks like by affirming that the equal protection guaranteed by the Constitution should actually protect all Americans -- including those Americans married to spouses of the same sex.