As most of you know by now if you’ve been following my blogging, I’m a bisexual who is engaged to be married to a woman. We’ve been together for six years and my partner proposed to me at a Center for Progressive Leadership event at the Riffe Center in September of 2010. We agreed to wait to get married until it was legal, because we don’t want a merely symbolic wedding that isn’t recognized by our government as valid. We are waiting for society to grant us our Constitutionally protected right to full equality under the law. Because of this, it was very personal for me today when President Obama announced his support for marriage equality. I was also filled with joy and gratitude when Congresswoman Betty Sutton sent out the following response to the President’s anouncement…

Sutton Statement on Marriage Equality

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Betty Sutton (OH-13) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement that he supports same-sex marriage:

“Future generations will look back on the actions taken today to end discrimination in all of its forms as a watershed moment. Every American deserves a chance at the American Dream, with no exception. The President’s actions today represent progress in fulfilling our nation’s commitment to equality for all Americans.”

A strong supporter of equality for all, Sutton voted to end ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in the 111th Congress, and is an original co-sponsor of H.R. 1397, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

A week ago I had the honor of interviewing Congresswoman Sutton.

We discussed how to ensure that more Ohioans have good jobs and economic security…

We also talked about the Violence Against Women Act and Congresswoman Sutton’s commitment to protecting the women of Ohio from physical and emotional harm and from having our rights taken from us…

I asked the Congresswoman about how the GOP had targeted her in a way that was degrading to all women by saying that she should be removed from the US House of Representatives and “sent back to the kitchen.”

We touched on the extreme behavior of the GOP, specifically the leadership in the House…

Her opponent supports the notorious Citizens United ruling that opened the flood gates to special interest spending in elections. She told me about the work she has done to protect the rights of voters by supporting a movement that would overturn the Citizens United decision.

By the end of the interview it was crystal clear that Congresswoman Betty Sutton has a powerful vision for a prosperous, equal, and sustainable Ohio.

Her statement of support for President Obama’s stance on marriage equality only makes me all the more certain that she is a precious resource for the people of Ohio. She is a true representative of our highest Ohioan values.

Story, photos and video by Lauren Michelle Kinsey
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