Last May, President Barack Obama had officially supported marriage equality but no specif measures was well received by Obama. Until now. Yesterday, the President has publicly supported Washington, Maine and Maryland marriage equality laws, three states in which the voters have to make a decision concerning the legalization of marriage for all.
Thus Paul Bell, campaign's press secretary in Washington state, said: "While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the president believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect."
"Washington's same-sex marriage law would treat all Washington couples equally, and that is why the president supports a vote to approve Referendum 74," Bell said.
According to The Associated Press, Ed Murray, an openly gay state senator in Washington who has been fighting for years to legalize gay marriage, expressed gratitude to Obama.
"When I first began fighting in the legislature for marriage equality ... I would never have dared to dream that a president of the United States would one day step forward at this crucial moment, in the middle of his own close re-election campaign, to offer his support for our efforts," Murray said. "But that is exactly what President Obama has done, and it is an example of his courage and leadership."
Murray said his hope was to soon be able to wed his partner of 21 years, and he thanked Obama for "bringing that dream a little closer to reality."
The votes will take place on November 6th.