President Barack Obama has certainly caused a stir with his announcement on ABC’s Good Morning America that he supports marriage equality. Though the backlash has been severe, especially in the Black community, a few of our most notable quotables have stepped up to plate to show their support for the president.
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Read below to get a list of some of the most memorable quotes in support of marriage equality.
The Root reports:
“What people do in their own homes is their business, and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination, plain and simple.” May 2012
“If anybody can find someone to love them and to help them through this difficult thing that we call life, I support that in any shape or form.” May 2012
“I am a mom. I am an engaged lady — I am soon to be married. And I am someone that believes in marriage and in the freedom to marry.” May 2012
“As a defensive end for the New York Giants, I always played the game tough but fair. It’s unfair to stop committed couples from getting married.”June 2011
On President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage: “He finally came around, didn’t he? He finally came around; good for him.” May 2012
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.):
“Today I think more than ever before, we have to speak up and speak out to end discrimination based on sexual orientation … It’s not the business of the federal government, it’s not the business of the state government, to tell two individuals that they cannot fall in love and get married … I fought too long and too hard against discrimination based on race and color not to stand up and fight and speak out against discrimination based on sexual orientation.” January 2009
“I am a proud supporter of gay marriage.” May 2012, Twitter