Senators to Obama: Time to Evolve

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June 23 2011 9:10 AM ET

SENATORS AL FRANKEN BERNIE SANDERS KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND JEFF MERKLEY (GETTY) ADVOCATE.COM Statements in full:

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.):
“Every
American deserves equal treatment under the law, and there’s no question
that same-sex couples deserve full marriage recognition. President
Obama has taken important steps to help the LGBT community, and I urge
him to join me and millions of other Americans in supporting equal
marriage rights for same-sex couples.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.):
“I
support marriage equality—this is an issue of fundamental fairness. I
hope that President Obama will endorse that view and voice his support
for equality for all.”

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.):
"This
isn't about politics or elections—it's an equal rights issue. I hope
the President and all Americans join in supporting marriage equality."

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):
“I
am proud that Vermont was a national leader in legalizing gay marriage.
I believe the example that Vermont set has helped change people’s
attitudes all across America. I also hope that it will help shape the
thinking of all our elected leaders, including the president.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif):
“I believe that support of the President would be very welcomed. I hope he endorses my bill to repeal DOMA.”

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.); statement issued from Deputy Chief of Staff Jennifer I. Hoelzer:
"The
Senator believes that no one has any business telling consenting adults
who they can and can’t marry as he has been saying publicly since
1996. Since then, he has been gratified to see politicians on both sides
of the aisle recognize that simple truth. It is Senator Wyden’s hope
that all of our political leaders will understand the limits of their
authority and carry out their obligation to extend equal protection and
the full faith and credit of the law to every American."

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.); from May 17 interview with The Advocate:
"[T]here’s
no reason why he can’t lean into marriage equality in a public speech
or through some action he could do through the White House. I’d be
thrilled if he decided to do that. He did take the step of not
[defending] DOMA through his Department of Justice, which is a fantastic
step because it was one that he was unwilling to do in “don’t ask,
don’t tell.” So it shows a shift in his willingness to use the power of
the White House—the power of the administration—to change public
perception and to change policy. So I think we could get a very strong public statement out of him."

The Advocate will add any additional statements from senators if and when they are released.






















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