Barack Obama promised to be a "fierce advocate" for the GLBTQ community while running for office.
Once in office, that advocacy has felt, at times, tepid. Hesitant. More concerned with political expediency than with doing what was right. What we believed he felt was right. And yet progress was made. Slow progress, but progress.
But on Wednesday May 9, 2012, President Obama finally stated, (you can watch the video here or here at the Obama campaign site)
"I have to tell you that over the course of several years, as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don't Ask Don't Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married."
While there is a lot of talk and conjecture about the possible damage this might do to his re-election campaign, by standing up for us GLBTQ members of the community and saying that he supports our equality, he's gained more than my tepid support.
He's gained me as an advocate.
And millions of other GLBTQ and Allied and fair-minded people.
This is a good thing.