In the wake of President Barack Obama's historic endorsement of gay marriage, here's what some locals in the LGBT community had to say:
I am cautiously optimistic. Certainly it is grounds for celebration that a sitting president has finally and appropriately endorsed same-sex marriage. However it seems he's encouraging this to be a state issue, which would ensure years more of inequality. I wish he would've made his statement earlier, perhaps it might have affected the utter travesty of human rights that went down in North Carolina earlier this week in which discrimination was written into the constitution.
However, as Dr. Martin Luther King said, the time is always right to do what's right. So yeah, I've got a smile on my face and a spring in my step.
Scott Emanuel, LGBT Community Member
It's great news. So many other countries have some sort of recognition for same-sex couples that I feel the U.S. is behind in that. I know many many couples that are going to benefit greatly.Ed Reggi, actor/director/producer, LGBT activist
I've been thinking about how patient most people have been with president on this issue. Some have not been. But I've tried to be patient. Strategy is everything.
I was thinking about what kind of message the president is sending to all people. What does it mean to families who have LGBT family members, cousins or siblings? What does it mean to young people in the LGBT community who wonder what they're future will be like?
When the president makes it personal and shows how he's come to hold his views, I think that really matters. I want more dialogue on this issue, even from people who think what he said is the worst thing ever.
I'm absolutely thrilled. I personally think it's been a great process for the entire country - and I really mean this - for the president to go through what a lot of people have been going through in the last four years. I think we literally watched a human being make this decision and wrestle with it. We got to publicly watch that. And today that's really what many people are doing. Stepping outside of their comfort zone, and saying "no" to discrimination.... So I think this is a very big day. I think this is a day we'll remember for many years forward.
We should all do everything we can to make it easier for loving couples to be and stay together without dark clouds of fear, intimidation, ridicule and discrimination. Millions of open-minded Americans will rightly be encouraged by the president's brave move. But more should be done to protect sexual minorities from hatred and discrimination. Meanwhile, this gives same sex couples a chance to see if half of them fail at marriage as well. Where same sex marriage has been legalized, spending has skyrocketed on wedding ceremonies and receptions. Perhaps this is really part of the president's job-growing agenda.
Novak's Bar & Grill in The Grove neighborhood
It's about damn time! I'm so excited for the future!