Sunday, 25 November 2012

Obama's Support on Gay Marriage

Obama has been hailed a hero for his support for
gay marriage
Sophia Bailey-Klugh has found the courageous voice in many young children who have to deal with the bitter societal reality of living with same-sex parents. As she took pen to paper, the 10 year old voiced her personal concern to the US president Barack Obama- 'I have two dads and they love each other but at school kids think that it's gross and weird, but it really hurts my heart and feelings.... If you were me and you had two dads that loved each other and kids at school teased you about it, what would you do?'

The fact that the President wrote back showed his complete commitment to his views on supporting gay marriage. In his letter he mentioned the diversity in families in today's world and how it should be celebrated. He emphasised that it's our differences that should make us feel proud. I agree with Obama, but I have to state that there is too much of a traditionalist view on same-sex marriage that unfortunetly may never be banished in the eyes of some- But we have come a long way from the 60's idea of men being the breadwinner, whilst women stayed home to cook and clean. In the past two decades there has been a surge of woman joining the workforce and putting their career goals as number one importance. We have come to terms with this different family structure, so why is it so difficult to include another type of family ideal into the mix?

Obama's letter was reminiscent of his heart warming speeches. Essentially, the fact that he can back up his letter to the little girl is important. His support has always been evident to the same-sex community, whilst his rival Mitt Romney signed a National Organisation for Marriage pledge a year ago in which he believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Middle America may have sided with Romney on the gay marriage front, but the unprecedented voice has inevitably been found loud and clear in same sex couples who have hailed Obama a hero. He doesn't just reach out to these couples alone, but their families and friends- hence Sophia's heartfelt letter.

Another crucial focal point in Obama's debate is the right to adopt. He highlighted favourable support for gay couples to adopt. And why shouldn't he? In context, is it really right to let a child grow up in a abusive environment with a mother and a father over growing up in a loving environment with two same-sex parents? Personally for me that's a no brainer- however shockingly enough this argument isn't enough to convince adamant onlookers that gay couples have a right to adopt.  Obama has also been a strong presence when it comes to HIV/AIDS research and prevention. Even during times of economic turmoil, he has continued to support and raise money for the first ever US National AIDS Strategy. Anti-discrimination against sexual orientation is also been dealt with vigorously by Obama, after he signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crime Prevention Act.

Obama's re-election on 7th November 2012, brought hope to the little girl who mentioned in her letter that the world would be a better place if he would resume his Presidential duties. Surely a 10 year old girl writing this letter in the first place shows how much even Western society has changed over the years. The States won't fully win the battle with same-sex couples being able to marry with ease, but step by step, state by state, they're getting there. The rest of the world is eagerly watching the USA. Hopefully America's fight will give citizens in other countries the chance to embrace their true selves.


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