May 9th, 2012
By Frank Byronn Glenn
-- President Barack Obama became the first sitting American President
in history to come out publicly in support of same-sex marriage -- in support of fundamental human and civil rights -- for all Americans. The American people can be justifiably proud today. It is altogether fitting that our first African-American President was also the first American President to champion the civil rights of another segment of our populace that has been the victim of egregious and unjust discrimination throughout the years.
It was also beautiful to see a democratic Presidential candidate who is up for re-election in November
show such uncommon courage in the face of political risk -- simply because -- irrespective of the political risk, -- it was the right thing to do. You don't see that kind of integrity and conscious humanity in the body politic these days.
Regardless of the outcome of this Presidential election in November, and regardless of all the policy positions of this President
-- past -- present -- and future -- all the triumphs -- all the disappointments -- this man on this day will always be the President I remember when I think of the President of the United States -- Barack Obama.
When my children and grandchildren ask me who was the greatest President of all -- this is the man that I will think of first. Yes -- this is an historic day. A day we can be proud to be Americans.