May 9, President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to openly support marriage equality. This historic announcement came less than a week after Vice President Joe Biden also announced his support for gay rights.
As public opinion begins to turn toward issues of greater equality for all, Obama leads the way. More and more Americans are becoming comfortable with the idea of same-sex marriage and are willing to extend the same rights and privileges to partners of the same gender. This has become evident in Obama's recent repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," as well as the recognition of same-sex marriage in six states across our nation, with more considering the question every day.
In addition to his strong support of equal rights for all, here are a few more reasons why I support Obama in 2012:
Obama has helped create more than 4.1 million private-sector jobs in his first three years in office.
Obama has doubled the funding for federal Pell grants and capped the maximum monthly payment for student loans at 10 percent of an individual's income.
Obama brought the war in Iraq to a responsible end and refocused the fight on al-Qaida.
Obama has expanded health care access to 32 million more Americans, ending insurance company abuses such as denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions and cancelling coverage when a person gets sick.
Finally, as the mother of two young men about to enter the adult working world, I applaud Obama's leadership in ensuring that my sons will be guaranteed equal rights regardless of whom they choose to marry, the status of their health and their educational needs.
Please join me in re-electing Obama in 2012.
Sandra J. Kimmel,
Ohio, Organizing for America. "How President Obama is fighting for you." Columbus: Ohio Democratic Party, 2012.