“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, 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.” – President Barack Obama
While I love wedding trends, sometimes I need to remind myself that weddings are not about parties. Weddings are about love, and our commitments to love each other. I couldn’t be more overjoyed that Obama has decided to come out and make a statement about marriage equality. I know that the statement itself doesn’t really mean anything in the short term, but I do see it as a symbol of our countries growing acceptance and love. The fight for marriage equality is long from over, but I really do feel hopeful that we will see it in the near future.