On the red carpet at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's "An Evening with Women" Saturday night, May 19, actress/comedienne Wanda Sykes - a lesbian who is married with children - talked with Renee Sotile & Mary Jo Godges of Traipsing Thru Films about President Obama's declaration that he supports same-sex marriage and the surprise vote by the board of the NAACP to unequivocally support marriage equality.
Wanda Sykes at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center's 'An Evening with Women' May 19, 2012 (Photo screen capture)
[On Obama] I am thrilled. I'm so proud of him. I knew he would get there. But I believe it's earnest and I'm just so proud because I flash back to this time four years ago and watching the vice presidential and presidential debates and when the topic of same sex marriage comes up, it was almost like they laughed. It was like a mockery of same sex marriage. And that hurt. I mean, you're sitting their watching and you're like 'Ow.' But you know what, I still voted for him because it was what I thought was best for the country and I just hope people who are - have a problem with him coming out for same sex marriage that they will still go with their instinct of what's good for the country.
[On the NAACP] Yea! I'm so proud of the NAACP! I mean - this is huge! Really is huge because the NAACP - their roots are so instilled in the church. That's where their meetings and all of that - are held - in churches. So to come out and support same sex marriage - I'm so thrilled that they have gotten past the point that it's not about religion, it's about rights. Marriage reallyt doesn't have anything to do with religion. That's why athetists get married. It's about all the rights that comes along with it. So I'm very proud of the NAACP right now and I think I'm going to join! Maybe I'll up my membership now.
Video of Sykes' interview is after the break.