President Obama's decision to support same-sex marriages is not only ground breaking, but will be one of the socially defining issues for his presidency. His first step towards equality came with the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009; and what followed could only best be described as ending an era of sexual discrimination - the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010, clearly forecasted what this administration would focus on.
This tradition of advocating for equality has not stopped our President from doing what is right; as it has not stopped the GOP from commenting on Obama's decision as being political expedient in an election year, or any year over the past three years for that matter.
Many however find it hard to fathom that Republican legislators, both federally elected and at the state level, would not be in support of such a measure to legalize same-sex marriages - if only for the possibility for such couples to take advantage of numerous tax credits and benefits. But those that claim such political expediency in our President's decision are not only fighting progress, they are grasping onto a bygone era which openly discriminated against blacks, latino's and women too. These have been the same people who defend the "sanctity of marriage" by using the Bible as their one and only reference point do not realize that such vocalization is the equivalent of slapping our fore fathers square in the face.
Nate Silver reported in the New York Times, "(a)ccording to surveys included in the PollingReport.com database, an average of 50 percent of American adults support same-sex marriage rights while 45 percent oppose it, based on an average of nine surveys conducted in the past year.
This is a reversal from earlier periods: support for same-sex marriage has been increasing, and opposition to it has been decreasing, at a relatively steady rate of perhaps two or three percentage points a year since 2004."
The United States will still be that bright and shining light on the hill for all to seek out the betterment of their lives, even as we move towards a more just community. Our nation has progressed greatly over the course of the past century - and we continue to grow, evolve and rediscover what has made us great. We have broken down glass ceilings, moved forward and continually work to right our wrongs. We are a better country for accepting our flaws, and the rest of the world see's that.
However, those that choose to fight and darken what made our country great, stand in the way of progress and will be remembered accordingly in the history books.