President Barack Obama has characterized his views on same-sex marriage as “evolving.” While he has traditionally opposed gay marriage, some intriguing developments — including a wedding card he purportedly sent to a gay couple — are leading to questions surrounding whether he’ll soon change his mind. With the campaign cycle heating up, this may be a demographic he’ll more actively pursue.
Regarding the alleged note: A recently-married gay couple has come forward saying that they received a random card from the president. The note, which offers them well-wishes as they start their life together, may be further evidence that Obama is preparing to turn a corner on his views on gay matrimonies (or, at the least, it’s an indicator that he’s ready to actively pursue votes among this electoral cohort).
The letter, which was dated Dec. 8, 2011, offers congratulations “on this special occasion.” It goes on to say that both Michelle and the president “hope it is blessed with love, laughter, and happiness.”
The relatively short note, which appears to be on White House stationary, concludes, “I wish you the very best as you embark on your journey together and hope that your bond grows stronger with each passing year.”
You can see it for yourself, below:
Matt Katz and his husband Aaron were married on July 24th at Borough Hall in Brooklyn. They have no idea why they received the card.
Matt says, “I’m not sure why the letter got sent to us. Aaron and I were married on July 24th at Borough Hall. However, we had our wedding ceremony on July 23rd at my dad’s house the day before. Maybe word got out that we were outlaws for a day?”
If Obama did, indeed, send this letter, it would be yet another act that could help rally a portion of the electorate the president has been trying to attract — gays and lesbians. Already, the Obama administration has dropped the court fight to preserve the Defense of Marriage Act. Additionally, the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is no longer on the books.
While the letter may be a fake, it’s certainly interesting to note the “evolution” that could be unfolding.