"Last week’s referendum banning same-sex marriage shows just how much more work needs to be done to ensure freedom and equality for all people,” Bloomberg said during a Sunday commencement address at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The daughter of Cuban president Raul Castro told crowds at Saturday's gay pride march that her father advocates for LGBT rights, and she reiterated her her belief in marriage equality, according to the Associated Press.
Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin supports President Obama's position that marriage should be left up the states. "The role of defining marriage has fallen to the states, and it has always been with the states," she said during an interview on MSNBC's Daily Rundown. "Should it be?" interrupted Chuck Todd. "I know it always has been. Should it be, should we have 50 different laws on marriage?" "We have since the founding of this country," Baldwin said, "and I don't see anything changing."
Obama's marriage equality comments went over well with donors at actor George Clooney's home.
Rush Limbaugh attacked Fox News host Shepard Smith on Thursday for declaring that President Obama was "now in the 21st century" after announcing his support for marriage equality. Smith had played a clip of Obama's ABC interview and then said, “The president of the United States, now in the 21st century." "Shep, where has the issue won?" Limbaugh shot back on his radio program. "Where has it emerged victorious, Shep, outside your house?"
Majority Leader Harry Reid says he not only backs marriage equality but also that the Senate might vote on a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act before the election. Reid followed President's Obama's announcement of support for same-sex marriage with the announcement of his own more nuanced position. Reid said that although he personally believes marriage remains between a man and a woman, the government shouldn't interfere with same-sex couples who want to marry.
President Obama’s support on marriage reportedly spiked fund-raising for the reelection campaign.
In reaction to his support for same-sex marriage, Bristol Palin attacked President Obama's daughters as having watched "one too many episodes of Glee" while preaching about the proper role of a father to his family. Palin, who is a single mom, has endured a public struggle with the father of her own child, Levi Johnston. The pair split after being touted during the 2008 campaign as soon to be married when it was discovered Palin was pregnant with their son, Tripp.
It was just another day at the fabled Stonewall Inn. Then the president made that statement of support.
James Alesi, the first Republican state senator to announce his support for marriage equality in New York, will not seek reelection this fall.