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Obama Backs Gay Marriage: Local Leader Reacts

Rep. Judy Chu, who is running in a newly drawn Congressional district that includes Monrovia, spoke in support of President Obama’s same-sex marriage views Wednesday.

President Barack Obama changed his tune and officially declared his support for same-sex marriage Wednesday, becoming the first sitting president to do so, according to ABC News.

"I've always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally," Obama told ABC’s Robin Roberts in a sit-down interview that will air in its entirety on ABC's Good Morning America Thursday.

See more about Obama’s same-sex marriage views in a video excerpt here.

The President also emphasized that his stance on the issue is personal and he supports states deciding on their own where they stand on same-sex marriage, ABC News reported.

Leaders on both sides of the aisle, the gay community, as well as citizens responded in full force to Obama’s announcement, including at least one local leader.

Congressional representative Judy Chu, running to represent Monrovia and other San Gabriel Valley cities in Congress, voiced support on her facebook page Wednesday:

“I am thrilled to see President Obama speak in favor of marriage equality for all Americans. Marriage is a right that everyone – gay or straight – deserves to enjoy. I’ve spent my career advocating for marriage equality. I am more optimistic now than ever that we can finally put the days of dividing Americans by sexual orientation behind us. If gay men and women are fighting in our military and dying on our behalf, the least we can do is ensure they have equal rights here at home.”

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, also praised the president.

“Today, President Obama announced that he would support marriage equality for all Americans. The President’s strong statement is something that I am proud to support, and an issue of great significance to the country. Marriage equality extends one of our most basic rights of citizenship to all Americans – that is, the right to marry the person you love.

“It’s my sincere hope that marriage equality will soon become the law of the land, and as the President indicated, we can learn a lot from the changing views of the younger generation.”

"Members of the LGBT community serve in our armed forces, and contribute to the strength of our nation and community in every field of endeavor. They should have the right to marry, and enjoy all the benefits and responsibilities of citizenship without discrimination."

Danielle Corona May 25, 2012 at 10:09 PM
The problem with your argument, Gayle, is that there is a tiny minority of pedophiles & pederast priests, while there are millions and millions of doctrine believing Catholics who want their religious freedoms protected. When they start coming after YOUR religious beliefs, perhaps then you'll understand. The people of the Church have been outraged at the scandal, as evidenced by dropping $$'s to the Church, parishes dying out while faithful parishes are thriving, etc. etc. Accountability for the scandal also needs to fall upon law enforcement and psychiatry, which in many instances, suggested these pederast Priests could be "fixed". And when you bring up the American Nun issues, total non-sequiter. Another example of the Church trying to have its religious teach the faith as it has always been taught. So, the Bishops ONLY have the responsibility to keep their religious in line when there are pederasts about? See, you can't have it both ways. One of the reasons the scandal became as big as it was, was due to lack of oversight. Fortunately, the seeds planted by Pope John Paul the II are now developing into Cardinals and Bishops, and the housecleaning of the Church has begun. So out with the pederast Priests & unfaithful Nuns, and if the Girl Scouts have to go as well, due to conflicting teachings with the Church, SO BE IT.
Gayle M. Montgomery May 26, 2012 at 12:15 AM
While you are certainly entitled to your opinion and to rejoice in your theological choices, the fact of the matter is that the Catholic church, especially as it related to our own Cardinal Mahoney, did an horrific job of protecting the children and, instead protected the priest. I don't know what you know of sexual assault, but, it's often a form of death of the psyche, clearly death of the innocents. As a parallel, the allegation has been in times past that you could not have gays because they were the ones that would be assault the children. Fact of the matter was that it was happening right under the noses of many a good Catholic parishioner. Altar boys that were defiled and only now finding their voices, especially since male sexual assault has its own stigma in our society. As for the nuns, note that suddenly, from the Right, there is an assault on Women, and the good Catholic priest has decided it is going after American nuns. Now they are like Baskin Robbins. There are many flavors of nuns, from the cloistered, the formal garbed like at Santa Teresita, and those in street dress. They do God's work daily. To judge them and yank them in suddenly because they are wild and abandoned Catholics is absurd. You adapt to the culture in which you are working. The Girl Scouts have to fall? Oh, that's pitiful from where I sit as a 4-year Scout Leader and the grandmother of Daisy. If you were a Scout, you would understand the values parallel.
Danielle Corona May 26, 2012 at 01:44 AM
SOME of the leaders of the Church, yes. Not the people. We are crestfallen and hardened by this crisis. Still, this has nothing to do with the religious liberty issue. There is no assault on women, and the good Pope has decided that orthodoxy and the lack of it, has lead to a decline in our Churches, in our Leaders and in the Faith of the People. The many flavours of nuns that you describe are not all authentically Catholic. No one is judging the person, but if one is teaching against Church doctrine, as many of these nuns are, then yes, their ACTIONS need to be judged. And finally, no, this isn't a matter of the girl scouts "falling". The Catholic scouts make up less then 25% of their membership, so no, without the Catholics, the Girl Scouts can go on. I WAS a scout, and I never had to hear a lecture by planned parenthood, and its acceptance during my years as a scout, thankfully.
Gayle M. Montgomery May 26, 2012 at 02:54 AM
While your passions and faith are admirable, perhaps you would like to vet your data and false allegations about an alliance between Planned Parenthood and Girl Scouts..http://www.snopes.com/politics/sexuality/girlscouts.asp I am a fervent supporter of both organizations and a multi-decade champion against child abuse. When I found my way to religion as an adult, my first consideration for a church home was the Catholic Church since I spent many weekends in them with my step-mother. I could not compromise my values and opted for another faith, in largest measure as a result of its ban on birth control. I loved the late Holy See with a passion and had much respect for his reverence in life and human kind. The current Pope would not be my choice going back to his ties to Naziism in Germany and now his hard core reversal of the position of the church. For good measure, I will throw in that I also taught in my new church for 8 of 10 years. Working with my favorite "penguin" Sister Joanne, I helped to advocate for abused children in our area in many ways. You have the absolute right to embrace your faith. Your church, and mine for that matter, do not have the right to superimpose its values on the rest of America.
Danielle Corona May 26, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Gayle, there is enough in the Snopes article to not allow Catholic Girls to participate in the Girl Scouts, given their association with Planned parenthood, and the fact that the Girl Scouts remain NEUTRAL on abortion and birth control. Your defamation of the Pope shows me how you haven't looked at all sides of his life growing up as a child immersed in Nazism. If you had, you'd know he fled the Hitler Youth (now we are blaming youth forced into participation?). And finally, in your words, it is ok for you and the gov't to impose conflicting values upon millions of American Catholics. I pray and vote for that to change.

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