CLGS Statement on President Obama's Support for Marriage Equality

May 9, 2012
Bernard Schlager, PhD

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, rejoices at the announcement by President Barack Obama today that he is in full support of marriage equality. At long last the United States of America has a president who has stated unambiguously that he believes that lesbian and gay couples should be able to enter into civil marriage. In his comments today to ABC News Obama stated: “At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married…”

Since 2000 the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry has fully supported and worked diligently to realize the goal of marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. State by state we believe that our country is on the road to realizing this goal and it is heartening that President Obama has clearly stated that he, too, believes that all Americans should have the right to civil marriage.

The mission of CLGS is to advance the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people and to transform faith communities and the wider society by taking a leading role in shaping a new public discourse on religion and sexuality through education, research, community building and advocacy.

Bernard Schlager, PhD
Executive Director, CLGS