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Lopez Praises Obama for ‘Casting Aside Fear’ and Supporting Gay Marriage

The openly gay aspirant to the California Assembly says the president has officially shown his ‘full support for the full humanity’ of thousands of LGBT people in the 51st Assembly District.

President Obama’s historic endorsement Wednesday of gay marriage—a first by any U.S. president—has been hailed as a courageous “American value” by Luis Lopez, one of the four frontrunners in the race for California’s 51st Assembly District elections.

Lopez, who is openly gay and lives in Eagle Rock, participated in an April 25 ‘'Meet the Candidates” forum at the Center for the Arts. He e-mailed Patch the following message in response to Obama’s support for same-sex couples:

“I am immensely proud of our President today for making official his support for marriage equality. Casting aside fear and standing clearly on principle, President Obama has stated his full support for the full humanity of me and thousands of LGBT people in my district. He has honored the bonds, sacrifices, and commitments by millions of same-sex couples across our state and our nation, including the millions who are raising children, caring for relatives, and including veterans or service members.

"Marriage equality and the recognition and support of our diverse families should not be a question of liberals and conservatives. It's not an issue of Democrats or Republicans. It is an American value that has deep significance for my family and the communities of Northeast and East L.A.

"The president has shown that political progress follows personal exposure, professional collaboration, and prolonged conversation. This has been true in my own family, in our community, and across California. The President's announcement gives us hope that these important interactions, along with committed political leadership, can overcome division and pave the way for full equality in our country and here at home in California.”

The Los Angeles Times described Obama’s backing of same-sex marriage as a “risky stand” that drew “praise and cash” from supporters. Millions of them had been waiting for the president to end his nearly year-and-a-half-long equivocation on the matter and make a clear public declaration that he does not oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds, as he had reportedly stated during his presidential campaign. Read more about the Times analysis here.

Shawn Richardson May 12, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Risky stand? Obama hung California gays out to dry with his state's rights position. The last time state's rights were applied to a civil rights issue we got Jim Crow. I mean even a former Republican who is now running for president on the Libertarian ticket, Gary Johnson, has called for complete federal protection of the right to marry for all people. I bet it did help Obama raise funds at Clooney's house though.
Susan R May 12, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Obama's position is the same as Mitt's. State's have the rights to decide. It has to do with constitutional rights of the states.
Shawn Richardson May 13, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I'm all for state's rights. It allows for a wide range of goverenmental experimentation. However not in the case of human rights. The right to marry is an internationally recognized human right that extends directly from the right to life and self-ownership. This right exists outside government. You don't think States should be granted to power to violate human rights that are specifically protected by the US Constitution do you? Protection of human rights is traditionally relegted to federal level protection because state level experimentation just leads to rights violations.
Susan R May 13, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Before Roe vs. Wade the states decided if abortion was legal. Obviously Obama thinks the states should decide.
Margarito Martinez May 14, 2012 at 09:41 PM
What the Gay citizens of this country need is a Leader, not a Johnny Come Lately...the Pres. recent "evolution" is too little, too late. The problem is that the Gay leadership in this country, for the most part, is content to be Democrat 1st, Civil Rights for Gays 2nd...a people never got thier rights by asking for them. You have to DEMAND them. What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? NOW! Justice for Gays means Equality, and equality means the right to marry. Anything less is not equal.

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