Hollywood actors and actresses have given their backing to President Obama after he came out in support of gay marriage yesterday.
Obama is the first President, in Office, to officially give his backing to gay marriage. Previously the president had stated his views on the issue were “evolving”. However, following Vice President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s public pledge of support for gay marriage Obama was under pressure to clarify his stance on the issue.
While it is an issue that deeply divides America the President, in an interview with ABC News, confirmed he believed same-sex couples should have the right to marry. Obama said;
“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”. – Obama’s interview with ABC News
Such a declaration of support for marriage equality wasn’t going to go un-noticed and while the Republicans will be quick to criticise, attack and capitalise on Obama’s words the President can take comfort from the fact that Hollywood has come out in support of him. A whole host of actors, actresses and personalities took to Twitter and other social networking sites to support the president.
Below is just a selection of the comments.
I second! RT @TheEllenShow: Thank you President @BarackObama for your beautiful and brave words. I’m overwhelmed. – Chris Colfer, Glee actor
YAY!!!! President Obama comes out in support of gay marriage !!!! – Mia Farrow, actress
Pretty darn happy today. Thanks Mr President, for supporting the dignity of my family and so many others! – Jane Lynch, Glee actress
Thank you President @BarackObama for your beautiful and brave words. I’m overwhelmed. – Ellen DeGeneres, chatshow host and comedian
With @MichelleObama & @JustinMikita permission I would like to marry @BarackObama right now! – Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family actor
“@BarackObama: President Obama announces his support for same-sex marriage” Bravo, Mr. President, and thank you. – Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother actor
The president’s support of marriage equality gives hope and encouragement to the millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people who feel ostracized and alone. The words of the president have reinforced that they are worthy of dignity, respect, and love – just like everyone else. – Cyndi Lauper
There’s no denying that Obama’s declaration of support for same-sex marriage is courageous coming as it does with Presidential elections on the horizon. Obama’s support could very well mean America is one set closer to resolving its issues with homosexuality and gay rights – issues that still deeply divide the country.