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Obama Backs Gay Marriage: Local Leader Reacts

Congressional representative Judy Chu, who is running to represent a newly drawn Congressional district that includes Glendora, spoke in support of President Obama’s gay marriage views Wednesday.

President Barack Obama changed his tune and officially declared his support for same-sex marriage Wednesday, becoming the first sitting president to do so, according to ABC News.

"I've always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally," Obama told ABC’s Robin Roberts in a sit-down interview that will air in its entirety on ABC's Good Morning America Thursday.

See more about Obama’s same-sex marriage views in a video excerpt here.

The President also emphasized that his stance on the issue is personal and he supports states deciding on their own where they stand on same-sex marriage, ABC News reported.

Leaders on both sides of the aisle, the gay community, as well as citizens responded in full force to Obama’s announcement, including at least one local leader.

Congressional representative Judy Chu, running to represent Glendora and other San Gabriel Valley cities in Congress, voiced support on her facebook page Wednesday:

“I am thrilled to see President Obama speak in favor of marriage equality for all Americans. Marriage is a right that everyone – gay or straight – deserves to enjoy. I’ve spent my career advocating for marriage equality. I am more optimistic now than ever that we can finally put the days of dividing Americans by sexual orientation behind us. If gay men and women are fighting in our military and dying on our behalf, the least we can do is ensure they have equal rights here at home.”

What do you think of Chu's reaction to the President's support of same-sex marriage? Do you support same-sex marriage? Tell us in the comments.

Tsorcha May 11, 2012 at 03:22 AM
What a great day! So happy to hear that someone in power stood up this wrong. Now if only the Supreme Court would take the case and give equal rights to all citizens.
Bill C. May 11, 2012 at 05:02 AM
You're pretty gullible if you buy what Obama is putting out now. He did this for political reasons only while leaving the ball in the state's courts. That makes his words meaningless. He's said more than once in the past he is against same sex marriage and the odds he's being truthful now is not likely.
BC May 11, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Wow !! Im pretty sure the Bible say Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve. What is our world coming to.
Bill C. May 11, 2012 at 05:20 PM
By the way, I'm fine with gay marriage.
Todd N. May 24, 2012 at 02:43 PM
We do currently have equal rights for all citizens. Any man can marry any woman, and any woman can marry any man regardless of your race, gender or any other orientation. What the Left wants is a new definition of marriage. The fallacious argument is that we should be able to marry who we love. If the argument is based solely on marrying those we "love", then the definition must include polygamy and/or sibling marriage. Face it… once the definitional lines are blurred with gay marriage, the word marriage can mean anything. The question that always goes without an answer is, “If a civil union gives the same rights to gays and lesbians that marriage does, is that acceptable?” Be honest, there are those who only want “marriage” because they know that it weakens religion, which it would.

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