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Obama Backs Gay Marriage: Local Leader Reacts

Rep. Judy Chu, who is running in a newly drawn Congressional district that includes Monrovia, spoke in support of President Obama’s same-sex marriage views Wednesday.

President Barack Obama changed his tune and officially declared his support for same-sex marriage Wednesday, becoming the first sitting president to do so, according to ABC News.

"I've always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally," Obama told ABC’s Robin Roberts in a sit-down interview that will air in its entirety on ABC's Good Morning America Thursday.

See more about Obama’s same-sex marriage views in a video excerpt here.

The President also emphasized that his stance on the issue is personal and he supports states deciding on their own where they stand on same-sex marriage, ABC News reported.

Leaders on both sides of the aisle, the gay community, as well as citizens responded in full force to Obama’s announcement, including at least one local leader.

Congressional representative Judy Chu, running to represent Monrovia and other San Gabriel Valley cities in Congress, voiced support on her facebook page Wednesday:

“I am thrilled to see President Obama speak in favor of marriage equality for all Americans. Marriage is a right that everyone – gay or straight – deserves to enjoy. I’ve spent my career advocating for marriage equality. I am more optimistic now than ever that we can finally put the days of dividing Americans by sexual orientation behind us. If gay men and women are fighting in our military and dying on our behalf, the least we can do is ensure they have equal rights here at home.”

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, also praised the president.

“Today, President Obama announced that he would support marriage equality for all Americans. The President’s strong statement is something that I am proud to support, and an issue of great significance to the country. Marriage equality extends one of our most basic rights of citizenship to all Americans – that is, the right to marry the person you love.

“It’s my sincere hope that marriage equality will soon become the law of the land, and as the President indicated, we can learn a lot from the changing views of the younger generation.”

"Members of the LGBT community serve in our armed forces, and contribute to the strength of our nation and community in every field of endeavor. They should have the right to marry, and enjoy all the benefits and responsibilities of citizenship without discrimination."

Raymond Aguirre May 10, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Absolute crap!!
Raymond Aguirre May 10, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Politicians are only using the gay community to win elections. Where was this support 2 years ago?
Richard Christy May 10, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Yeah right, the gay community is like <1% of the population. Not a big voting block. And do you really think the gay community was going to vote for Romney before this? In the end it just pisses off knuckleheads like you, and I would guess that you voted for Bush twice, McCain once, and Romney in a few months.
Elizabeth Chase May 10, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Where was this support two years ago? Two years ago, the President was still figuring out how he felt about it. He admitted that today. He was honest. People's feelings and opinions CAN changed based on becoming educated and enlightened, and that's what happened to him, just as it has happened to me about things (and hopefully you, too) throughout the months and years of our lives.
Pattie May 10, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Well said, Elizabeth. Hopefully we continue to learn and grow throughout our lives. I'm happy that President Obama has taken this affirmative position on Equal Rights. Now it is time for 'We the People' to do so at the polls.
Namaste May 10, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Can we please stop looking at the past? Let's celebrate a great day for Human Rights. Hopefully this will cause the states to re-look at their bigoted anti-LGBT/marriage equality platforms. Kudos to the president for standing up for what he believes. We have a lot of work to do, but trust me, this will bolster all of us who work day in and day out for equality.
Kenneth Lowndes May 11, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Is the government able to legally preside over HOLY Matrimony? Probably not. That would be a church-state issue, but do we truly understand WHAT that means? The "government" seems to fail at whatever it does when it is incharge of something, even marraige itself. There is a "separation." However, it always has something to do with FUNCTION, and little else. Only Church Institutions can administer H-O-L-Y Matrimony. The "government" would need to become HOLY in order to truly be able to do that, and that ought never take place. HOLY Matrimony has been replaced today by "marraige." Just so long as it isn't HOLY, they then assume the FUNCTION. Which the "government" can never lawfully do. All HOLY Matrimony falls into the FUNCTION of the Church, and not the state. This issue remains devisive simply because of the "government" becoming involved where it ought not to be. Is it the FUNCTION of the Church to arrest and detain Crminals? NO. So why not? FUNCTIONS are in Order here.
Danielle Corona May 11, 2012 at 06:30 PM
So, are they only flip-floppers when Republicans change their mind? Don't get me wrong, I applaud his decision (finally), but it strikes me as disingenuous to say that Pres Obama "evolved" in the last two years over this matter. In fact, when his position on Gay Marriage has been brought up by his opposition, most of us have heard the left say "yeah, but he has to say that to get elected". Face it, Obama is a politician, that will say and do whatever it takes to get elected, as will Romney.
Danielle Corona May 11, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Then straight couples need to turn in their state issued "marriage certificates". Fortunately, no one is advocating the gov't get involved in Holy Matrimony (Church ceremonies). When they do, I'll fight against it vocally. But this is a matter of freedom & liberty, not a religious issue.
Kenneth Lowndes May 12, 2012 at 06:16 AM
Okay, so who do we then turn them all in to? Everything is a religious issue, once you understand what are the available definitions of religion. Today, it is pretty much ASSUMED to be exclusively church, or exclusively, the Christian faith. ~> #1) However, Thomas Jefferson put it this way, "Religion is belief or unbelief in God and the Bible." Belief OR UNBELIEF, BOTH - are- religion - in action. ~>#2) The US Supreme Court put it this way, (this might be a paraphrase, but I suspect it is word for word), "Religion is whatever is ones own Ultimate Belief." So, if you believe your own name is in fact your name, that is an example of an Ultimate Belief, meaning that this too is indicative of religious belief. It too IS a matter of Faith. ~>#3) The final definition comes from the Bible itself; "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." - James 1:27 The ENTIRE Human race IS hopelessly Religious. It is only but a matter of what kind of religious belief you hold onto that truly matters. ~>No one escapes the definition. ~>None of us. The Applied definition of Religious Belief is what our character is comprised of: For better or worse. For good or for Evil. And, ALL wars are "religious" - even when secular, (example of a secular religious war) being Adolf Hitler. Which of course, also falls into the same general category of religion.
Kenneth Lowndes May 12, 2012 at 06:46 AM
Notice too, that we have all heard the phrase, "separation of church and state." Interesting is it not that we do NOT also hear; A) "Separation of Temple and State." or B) "Separation of Ashram and State," we also do NOT hear the phrase, C) "Separation of Mosque and state." Just a Separation of "church" --and "state." What is that about? Really? While the First Amendment forbids the Establishment of Religion, we find that any church (and/or other religious body) seeking "income tax deduction exemption," also known as IRS 501(c)3 status, MUST FIRST BE ESTABLISHED as a "bonafied" or "genuine" church or religious institution, -->by the IRS. In what is a CLEAR Violation of the Establishment Clause which strictly FORBIDS such Establishment outcomes. (Don't forget, the US Supreme Court once Ruled that Slavery was "legal") Hell, if I want my cat or dog to be a church, THAT ought to be MY OWN Prerogative, at least, in a FREE nation, it clearly would be. Maybe we are not as free as we would prefer to believe. Maybe some among us do not believe in genuine FREEDOM at all. A "church" for tax exemption or for any other purposes, ought to be left up to me or to you, and NOT EVER by any institution of "the government" making the determination. As soon as this determination is made, it Establishes the specific Church, or other religious body. Clearly, "the government" has NO such lawful Authority. None. Yet it is STILL taking place "everywhere," is it not?
Kenneth Lowndes May 12, 2012 at 06:52 AM
I like how you said, "When they do, I'll fight against it vocally." It is now time for you to fight (!!!) For FREEDOM and for LIBERTY, for ALL of us (!!!)
Danielle Corona May 16, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Hi Kenneth, I am fighting, against the HHS Mandate that unfairly targets Catholics. When they try to force gay marriage on the Church, then I will fight that as well. For now, the libertarian in me says Gay marriage should be legal, and my friends that love each other should be able to marry and have the same rights as I get to enjoy.
Gayle M. Montgomery May 25, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I'm playing catch-up and admittedly late to the party. But I have such difficulty with people who think that someone's positions on everything--especially something as socially/politically acidic as gay marriage in times past--would be cast in concrete, steadfast, and fixed for forever. It makes absolute sense to me that these types of positions would evolve, in some measure, because science has evolved and pretty much eradicated the nurture argument regarding gays. Even without that, as we mature, our attitudes adjust to things in life. I am very much for gay marriage as I approach my 6th decade. If you had asked me in my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, I would have taken a different position I came to after much reflection in my 5th. To expect someone not to evolve is folly and detracts from their abilities as a sentient human being. To think this is being done simply for political expediency is silly. There MAY be some merit from that aspect, but, where I sit, it is simply the right and fair thing to do. Now, not intending to blatantly disrespect someone's religion, when the Catholic Church swiftly, thoroughly, and with total accountability goes after the pedophilia issues it has swept under the rug and for God's sake, and I do mean God's sake, and leaves the Girl Scouts alone and the American Nuns, then I might listen to their arguments. Til then, they fall on deaf ears, just as they were to their innocent victims of abuse.
Danielle Corona May 25, 2012 at 10:09 PM
The problem with your argument, Gayle, is that there is a tiny minority of pedophiles & pederast priests, while there are millions and millions of doctrine believing Catholics who want their religious freedoms protected. When they start coming after YOUR religious beliefs, perhaps then you'll understand. The people of the Church have been outraged at the scandal, as evidenced by dropping $$'s to the Church, parishes dying out while faithful parishes are thriving, etc. etc. Accountability for the scandal also needs to fall upon law enforcement and psychiatry, which in many instances, suggested these pederast Priests could be "fixed". And when you bring up the American Nun issues, total non-sequiter. Another example of the Church trying to have its religious teach the faith as it has always been taught. So, the Bishops ONLY have the responsibility to keep their religious in line when there are pederasts about? See, you can't have it both ways. One of the reasons the scandal became as big as it was, was due to lack of oversight. Fortunately, the seeds planted by Pope John Paul the II are now developing into Cardinals and Bishops, and the housecleaning of the Church has begun. So out with the pederast Priests & unfaithful Nuns, and if the Girl Scouts have to go as well, due to conflicting teachings with the Church, SO BE IT.
Gayle M. Montgomery May 26, 2012 at 12:15 AM
While you are certainly entitled to your opinion and to rejoice in your theological choices, the fact of the matter is that the Catholic church, especially as it related to our own Cardinal Mahoney, did an horrific job of protecting the children and, instead protected the priest. I don't know what you know of sexual assault, but, it's often a form of death of the psyche, clearly death of the innocents. As a parallel, the allegation has been in times past that you could not have gays because they were the ones that would be assault the children. Fact of the matter was that it was happening right under the noses of many a good Catholic parishioner. Altar boys that were defiled and only now finding their voices, especially since male sexual assault has its own stigma in our society. As for the nuns, note that suddenly, from the Right, there is an assault on Women, and the good Catholic priest has decided it is going after American nuns. Now they are like Baskin Robbins. There are many flavors of nuns, from the cloistered, the formal garbed like at Santa Teresita, and those in street dress. They do God's work daily. To judge them and yank them in suddenly because they are wild and abandoned Catholics is absurd. You adapt to the culture in which you are working. The Girl Scouts have to fall? Oh, that's pitiful from where I sit as a 4-year Scout Leader and the grandmother of Daisy. If you were a Scout, you would understand the values parallel.
Danielle Corona May 26, 2012 at 01:44 AM
SOME of the leaders of the Church, yes. Not the people. We are crestfallen and hardened by this crisis. Still, this has nothing to do with the religious liberty issue. There is no assault on women, and the good Pope has decided that orthodoxy and the lack of it, has lead to a decline in our Churches, in our Leaders and in the Faith of the People. The many flavours of nuns that you describe are not all authentically Catholic. No one is judging the person, but if one is teaching against Church doctrine, as many of these nuns are, then yes, their ACTIONS need to be judged. And finally, no, this isn't a matter of the girl scouts "falling". The Catholic scouts make up less then 25% of their membership, so no, without the Catholics, the Girl Scouts can go on. I WAS a scout, and I never had to hear a lecture by planned parenthood, and its acceptance during my years as a scout, thankfully.
Gayle M. Montgomery May 26, 2012 at 02:54 AM
While your passions and faith are admirable, perhaps you would like to vet your data and false allegations about an alliance between Planned Parenthood and Girl Scouts..http://www.snopes.com/politics/sexuality/girlscouts.asp I am a fervent supporter of both organizations and a multi-decade champion against child abuse. When I found my way to religion as an adult, my first consideration for a church home was the Catholic Church since I spent many weekends in them with my step-mother. I could not compromise my values and opted for another faith, in largest measure as a result of its ban on birth control. I loved the late Holy See with a passion and had much respect for his reverence in life and human kind. The current Pope would not be my choice going back to his ties to Naziism in Germany and now his hard core reversal of the position of the church. For good measure, I will throw in that I also taught in my new church for 8 of 10 years. Working with my favorite "penguin" Sister Joanne, I helped to advocate for abused children in our area in many ways. You have the absolute right to embrace your faith. Your church, and mine for that matter, do not have the right to superimpose its values on the rest of America.
Danielle Corona May 26, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Gayle, there is enough in the Snopes article to not allow Catholic Girls to participate in the Girl Scouts, given their association with Planned parenthood, and the fact that the Girl Scouts remain NEUTRAL on abortion and birth control. Your defamation of the Pope shows me how you haven't looked at all sides of his life growing up as a child immersed in Nazism. If you had, you'd know he fled the Hitler Youth (now we are blaming youth forced into participation?). And finally, in your words, it is ok for you and the gov't to impose conflicting values upon millions of American Catholics. I pray and vote for that to change.

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