Statement of Alan van Capelle on President Obama's Support for Marriage Equality

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Regina Weiss
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Release Date: 
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Tonight when I go home and look at my six month old son it will be the first time I will be able to tell him that our president believes we are a family. For many Americans, this is a political issue. For millions more, it’s deeply personal.

I applaud President Obama for coming out in support of marriage equality. Today, he showed himself as a leader who is in step with a majority of Americans, and millions of people of faith all over this country who support the right of gay and lesbian people to marry, including 76 percent of American Jews.

It is also particularly timely and gratifying in light of North Carolina’s misguided, out of step vote to exclude LGBT couples and families from legal recognition. On behalf of my family and millions more, thank you Mr. President.

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Alan van Capelle is Chief Executive Officer of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and former Executive Director of Empire State Pride Agenda. He was a leader of the campaign to achieve marriage equality in New York. van Capelle also served as an Obama elector to the New York State Electoral College.