President Barack Obama made history Wednesday, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to openly support same-sex marriage.
Rep. John Lewis, whose district includes portions of East Atlanta Patch, issued a statement saying he supports it as well:
“In President Obama's interview with Robin Roberts, he described the kind of steps many Americans have taken on the issue of same sex marriage. Once people begin to see the similarities between themselves and others, instead of focusing on differences, they come to recognize that equality is essentially a matter of human rights and human dignity. The President's growth reflects the growth of many Americans on this issue. I am glad to see more Americans, including President Obama, empathize with the struggles of same-sex couples and express willingness in state after state to give their unions the same legal rights as other married couples.”
Both men are running for reelection this year — Obama against the presumptive Republican nominee, former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Lewis against for Judge Michael Johnson.
What impact do you think this will have on their reelection efforts? What do you think of the gay marriage issue?