The Los Angeles Bi Task Force commends President Obama’s declaration of support for marriage equality. The first U.S. President to openly endorse same-sex marriage, he described his views on an ABC interview Wednesday night.
“I have to tell you that over the course of several years, as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships – same-sex relationships – who are raising kids together; when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” said the President.
We especially applaud President Obama for taking a stand for same-sex couples even though he is not a part of one, which underscores the foundation of equality for all, despite majority rule. While there is still much work to be done in achieving full sexual and gender equality, we thank President Obama for taking a stand on equal rights for people who want to marry the person they love regardless of gender.
Tara Avery, LABTF member and the cartoonist behind “Gooch”, will be appearing on a panel discussion, Prism Comics: The Bad and the Bold: Pushing the Boundaries with LGBT Characters, on Friday March 16th at 6:30 pm in Room 211 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Prism Comics (the nonprofit organization promoting awareness of LGBT comics, creators, and fans), Brian Andersen (So Super Duper), Marc Andreyko (Manhunter, Torso), Tara Madison Avery (Gooch), Agnes Czaja (Acrobats), Jim McCann (Mind the Gap, Return of the Dapper Men), Bob Schreck (Legendary Comics), and other creators will explore what makes a strong, realistic depiction of an LGBT character, what makes or breaks an edgy depiction of an LGBT character, and what is going too far. Moderated by Charles “Zan” Christensen (publisher, Northwest Press, Mark of Aeacus).