"But over the course of several years I've talked to friends and family about this. I've thought about members of my staff in long-term, committed, same-sex relationships who are raising kids together. Through our efforts to end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, I've gotten to know some of the gay and lesbian troops who are serving our country with honor and distinction.
What I've come to realize is that for loving, same-sex couples, the denial of marriage equality means that, in their eyes and the eyes of their children, they are still considered less than full citizens.
Even at my own dinner table, when I look at Sasha and Malia, who have friends whose parents are same-sex couples, I know it wouldn't dawn on them that their friends' parents should be treated differently.
So I decided it was time to affirm my personal belief that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry."
I miss my friends tonight. I wish they had been here to see this, and that we could have celebrated it together. As it stands, I'm sitting alone in an apartment in Oakland, California, listening to Al Stewart's 'Time Passages' on the radio, a bit overwhelmed by all the emotions.
Elation. Anger. Sorrow. Vindication. Resolve.
Now go vote for this guy. He's officially on the right side of history.