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Sutton Applauds President's Support of Gay Marriage

Congresswoman says everyone is entitled to American Dream

U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, D-13, is applauding President Obama's announcement today that supports gay marriage.

"Future generations will look back on the actions taken today to end discrimination in all of its forms as a watershed moment," Sutton said in a news release.'

"Every American deserves a chance at the American Dream, with no exception. The President's actions today represent progress in fulfilling our nation's commitment to equality for all Americans.”

The President told ABC News that his personal opinion is that same-sex marriage should be allowed.

Sutton, who calls herself a strong supporter of equality for all, voted to end ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in the 111th Congress, and is an original co-sponsor of H.R. 1397, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

lyn May 09, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Taking this a step further, how about equality between partners of the same sex and partners of a different sex, and their children? Why is it that some employers give benefits and have their insurance cover partners of the same sex, and their children, but they exclude partners of a different sex? If they are both living together and as a family, why now are gay people given more benefits? There seems to be some sort of discrimination going on when you begin to exclude some but include others. Why is there no similar outcry as we have heard over the last many years for people of the same sex, and their kids?
tom m May 09, 2012 at 10:26 PM
but there already is benifits for those non-married couples of different sexes with kids its called welfare
lyn May 09, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I forgot! And, you don't even have to be a couple to get it.
tom m May 09, 2012 at 11:10 PM
just think if everyone on earth became same sex couples (married) global warming would vanish in 100 years (as would all people)
Mary K May 09, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Companies offer children of same-sex couples benefits because they are not able to marry to get them, unlike opposite-sex couples who can. Of course single biological parents who are employed and eligible for benefits for their children would get them, regardless of their sexual orientation. Welfare recipients must meet income requirements, again, regardless of sexual orientation.
lyn May 10, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Thanks - I was waiting for that "because they are not able to marry". Fact is, if neither are married for whatever reason, if both are of the same or different sex, they are treated differently. Therefore, one is being discriminated against, or one group is favored over another.
Mary K May 10, 2012 at 02:32 AM
"for whatever reason" for a gay couple is that they cannot if they so desire. I agree with you, however in that all committed couples in committed relationships should have the same rights, regardless of choice to marry.
Mark Kylemore May 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Obama can't focus on his dismal economic leadership, so this is where he focuses his priority. Both he and Sutton need to be shown the door in November.
lyn May 12, 2012 at 04:24 PM
In reality, Obama's announcement was mainly a political, symbolic gesture. As I commented in the Lakewood Patch to those who think he took a stand and won't be able to win both sides: Oh yes he can. He said this was his personal view. So, that wins over people in support of gay marriage. And, for those opposed, he says: that is my PERSONAL view, which others may not agree with, but I still believe it should be left up to each state to decide and not the federal government. Win-Win. Well thought out timing and wording. If the polls had not been leaning in favor of gay marriage, would we have heard something different, if anything at all?

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