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Rep. John Lewis on President Obama's Support for Same Sex Marriage Equality

May 10, 2012
Press Release

Rep. John Lewis released this statement today regarding President Barack Obama’s willingness to support same sex marriage equality.  Rep. Lewis has been a long-time, outspoken advocate for equal rights for many underserved Americans, including same sex couples:

“In President Obama's interview with Robin Roberts, he described the kind of steps many Americans have taken on the issue of same sex marriage. Once people begin to see the similarities between themselves and others, instead of focusing on differences, they come to recognize that equality is essentially a matter of human rights and human dignity.   The President's growth reflects the growth of many Americans on this issue.  I am glad to see more Americans, including President Obama, empathize with the struggles of same sex couples and express willingness in state after state to give their unions the same legal rights as other married couples.”