Joe Mirabella

President Obama Endorses Marriage Ballot Measures

Filed By Joe Mirabella | October 26, 2012 9:45 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Maine, marriage equality, marriage initiatives, Maryland, Minnesota, same-sex marriage, Washington State

The President endorsed Referendum 74 in Washington State in a statement by Press Secretary Paul Bell, "While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the president believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, Thumbnail image for bigstock-Gay-Wedding-5146856.jpgwith dignity and respect. Washington's same-sex marriage law would treat all Washington couples equally, and that is why the President supports a vote to approve Referendum 74."

Washington United for Marriage's campaign manager Zach Silk said, "President Obama's support for marriage reflects what's happening in WA and across the country. As more people, and more voters, realize that only marriage fully protects and supports families, they move towards supporting marriage for same-sex couples and approving Referendum 74.

"We're now in the home stretch, mobilizing thousands of volunteers with the largest ground game in Washington ballot history. We feel momentum is on our side, and having the President weigh in on approving Referendum 74 puts an extra gust of wind in our sails," Zach Silk said.

BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner has the statements in Maryland, Maine, and Minnesota. The president supports the pro equality vote in each case.

From Maryland:

"We're moving forward to a country where we treat everybody fairly and everybody equally, with dignity and respect," Obama said according to a transcript of the speech. "And here in Maryland, thanks to the leadership of committed citizens and Governor O'Malley, you have a chance to reaffirm that principle in the voting booth in November. It's the right thing to do."

From Maine:

"While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the president believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect," said Michael Czin, Northeast regional press secretary. "The president believes same-sex couples should be treated equally and supports Question 1."

From Minnesota:

"While the President does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples." In the statement provided to Metro Weekly, she continued, "That's what the Minnesota ballot initiative would do -- it would single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples -- and that's why the President does not support it."

It is great to have the President on our side, now let's hope it makes enough of a difference for us to turn the tide of history in our favor this year.


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