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BP Markowitz Joins President Obama in Support for Marriage Equality

May 9
5:37 PM 2012


Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz released a statement today, May 9, about President Obama's support for marriage equality.

“As Americans, we look to our leaders for resolve and conviction, and today President Obama has boldly done what no sitting president has done before—publicly state that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community should have the right to marry, just as my wife and I are able to celebrate our love and commitment through marriage," Markowitz said."I can imagine this wasn’t an easy decision to make politically, but ultimately it was the right thing to do. President Obama’s support for marriage equality means so much to the LGBT population here in Brooklyn—one of the largest in the nation—and I am optimistic that setbacks like the constitutional amendment approved in North Carolina will soon be a distant memory and that recognition for all marriages will be the law of the land. What the President is endorsing here is very simple: everyone deserves the right to a civil, government-recognized marriage. Our Almighty didn’t make all of us alike, and our laws shouldn’t be a ‘one size fits all’ definition of marriage, commitment and family, either.

"Like President Obama, my feelings on this issue evolved over time, and I am proud to stand with him and the LGBT community today in declaring that ‘love is love',” he said.

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