COMMENTARY | As the nation's first African-American president, Barack Obama knew he had to do something with the civil rights movement. Obama's election shattered the largest glass ceiling that had been shattered. The Civil Rights movement of the 1960 is slowly coming to an end. It'll never die as long as there are misguided Americans, but attention will now, if not already, turn to gay and lesbian Americans and their communities.
Americans have been slowly becoming more receptive and tolerant to the gay community. A good share of Americans also listens to our president no matter what party he belongs to and takes his words to heart. By publicly coming out in support of marriage equality, President Obama also told these people that it is OK. It is ethical. It is acceptance. It is right and it is time.
A very recent poll was noted by a GOP pollster; it showed that while Democrats are more accepting of marriage equality, Republican voters are also increasing as time goes by. The pollster, who worked for President George W. Bush, encouraged all Republicans to adapt and believe that marriage equality is indeed part of a conservative philosophy. The poll showed that only 29 percent of Republican voters were opposed to any kind of gay partnership.
This tells me that the establishment knows it's time for them to adapt or die in the wilderness. How else do you explain Romney and Rep. John Boehner's attempts to turn the spotlight back on the economy?
Yes, President Obama broke a glass ceiling with his election and with his help, another glass ceiling may be shattered soon: marriage equality for all.