On May 9, President Obama became the first U.S. president to issue a statement of support for gay marriage.
"Same sex couples should be able to get married," he said.
State Rep. Nickie Antonio — one of the — called the president's announcement "historic."
"It's very affirming to have the president say that he believes our lives should matter and be considered equal to everyone else's," she said. "What's not to love about that?"
Antonio, as a state representative, isn't even allowed to leave her pension to her partner, she pointed out.
She called this week a "roller coaster" for gay rights in America, pointing to a measure in North Carolina that bans same-sex marriage and civil unions.
"My phone was blowing up with people asking if we should boycott the Democratic convention in North Carolina. I think absolutely not," Antonio said. "I think people need to go to support the gay community in North Carolina. If your not at the table, you won't get a menu."
"We have more work to do," she added. "To change the hearts and minds of people is a process. It just takes time. I think people are very encouraged."
Congresswoman Betty Sutton (OH-13) released a statement in response to President Obama’s announcement.
"Future generations will look back on the actions taken today to end discrimination in all of its forms as a watershed moment,” Sutton said in the statement. “Every American deserves a chance at the American Dream, with no exception."
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