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Obama Supports Same-Sex Marriage: Will It Influence Parks Board?

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama publicly backed same-sex marriage and made history as the first sitting president to support the issue.

After years of tiptoeing around the issue, President Barack Obama declared on Wednesday that he is a supporter of same-sex marriage, reports the Huffington Post. 

The move is somewhat historic, considering no sitting president has ever publicly backed the issue.

"I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don't Ask Don't Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married," he said in a sit-down interview with ABC's Robin Roberts.

The interview will air in full on Thursday's edition of "Good Morning America."

On the local level, the announcement comes just one day before a much-anticipated ruling on whether to change the "w/spouse" discount to

The final decision will be made by the Cuyahoga Falls Parks and Recreation Board at its 5:30 p.m. meeting on Thursday.

The Nat issue was first broached by when he and his husband, Coty May, were told by Natatorium staff in January that they could not receive the w/spouse discount — which equates to a $260 annual savings — because their Washington D.C.-based marriage wasn't recognized by the Ohio Constitution.

Coty — a U.S. Army veteran who was injured while serving in Iraq — had used the city gym for physical therapy.

Following the exchange with Natatorium staff, the couple posted an online petition that drew 5,400 signatures. to Mayor Don Robart’s office in February to attract local and, subsequently, national attention in an attempt to convince city leaders to change the rules.

Tim Gorbach, the parks board chairman, has encouraged the public to attend Thursday's meeting at the Natatorium and weigh in before the board delivers its final call on the issue.

John Deike May 09, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Do you think the Park Board's decision could be impacted by President Obama's announcement? And, given today's news, where do you stand on the same-sex marriage issue?
John McMillan May 09, 2012 at 10:47 PM
I don't think the Park Board's decision will necessarily be influenced by the President's announcement. This is kind of last minute as far as the Nat ruling goes, but I think the board members probably already have an idea of how they will vote. Concerning the President, I am glad he came out in favor of the issue. I kind of feel like he does, that if two people are that committed to a relationship, then they should absolutely have the right to make it legal. I just hope President Obama is ready for a flogging from the religious right; they will seize this opportunity to condemn him once again. I support his decision 100%, Why not let everyone have a chance at happiness by being able to marry the person they love!
Adam C. Miller May 10, 2012 at 02:14 AM
President Obama also said the decision should be left to the states...
John Deike May 10, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Evening John and Adam, thanks for the comments and input. Figured I'd try and get the conversation going again before tomorrow's meeting. Will you be there?
Pastor Chris May 10, 2012 at 01:05 PM
John I realize your intent was to get discussion going. But our city and community need to move on and get beyond this. I think you could have easily written about North Carolina instead of the President. Thirty (30) States have decided to protect marriage as between a man and a woman as best for society. All the States that allow some form homosexual partnership, civil union or marriage have done so not by a vote of the people. Your presentation shows your bias. N.C. Is a bigger story and has more impact, for the State of Ohio has an Amendment as well. This should have never been an issue in our community. Although I have seen positives from this, it should never have been an issue for discussion because of the Constitution. As for the President, his position is in violation of DOMA which the president is supposed to enforce. Where is the outcry on this? Why don't we hold our politicians accountable to the law? Just asking a question, making a point and giving a different perspective. His statement has no relevance to our situation.
John Deike May 10, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Good morning, Chris, thanks for your feedback. I respectfully disagree the article was biased. To keep with Patch's hyper local coverage, I tied the national news with a relevant, local issue. Best regards, John.
Adam C. Miller May 10, 2012 at 02:09 PM
I will not be there. But I think the rates should be changed!
Adam C. Miller May 10, 2012 at 02:10 PM
The article isn't biased at all lol but our President did say in the same interview that it's a state issue...
Linda M May 10, 2012 at 03:34 PM
HOMOSEXUALITY IS SIN !!! God will hold Obama and those who practice this sin accountable to Him. GOD / Jesus/Yashua loves homosexuals- I but GOD hates the sin! Romans 1:24-27 God gave then up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their bodies between themselves: Who changed the Truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use and likewise the men leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in thier lust one toward another; men with men, working that which is wrong. (28b) God gave them over to a reprobate mind to do those things which are wrong.
Pastor Chris May 10, 2012 at 04:24 PM
John then why not report how NC became the 30 th State to protect marriage? If not biased or at least slanted show both sides. You choose the same sex issue to report instead of marriage protected, why? You owe it to show the full picture. Just asking for balance. To answer your question, it should have no influence. If anything his statement should concern all of us that our President is taking a position that is against Federal Law and opposes 30 of the States he is President over.
Frank N May 10, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Interesting Linda M. Thank you for the sermon. Now where does the constitutionality of seperation of church and state come into play in your America?
Rev. Tatjana Hamilton May 10, 2012 at 06:13 PM
There are many "sins" in the bible that are broken today. We can not pick and choose which to follow and which to disregard. The book of Leviticus is where it talks of homosexuality as a sin. But it also states that men should not shave, cut their hair or be with a woman on her monthly cycle. Also, marriage is a human right, and not about someone's religious beliefs. My stance on same sex marriage is if you don't like it, don't have one. Check out this link and see what you think. http://anthropologist.livejournal.com/1314574.html Love, Light and many blessings.
Rev. Tatjana Hamilton May 10, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Christopher, protect marriage? What does marriage need protection from? I have to ask because I see many "straight" marriages end in divorce...which is legal, I see people who have been married and divorced over and over....which is legal. But to people that have been in a loving, supportive relationship can't get married because they are the same sex? Just what about marriage needs to be protected?
Sandy S May 10, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Linda M: I don't know what you learned in church, but you are not understanding the terrible, hateful consequences of your viewpoint, when put into action. When I attended church, I learned EMPATHY AND LOVE AND SUPPORT, NOT HATE. If this doesn't make you at least UNDERSTAND why LGBT couples and families need Equality (and, by the way, the support of their parents/siblings), I don't know what will. It is powerful and heartbreaking: http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/2012/05/24924/
John McMillan May 11, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Wish I could have been there...I live out of state now, but have a great interest in the news of the Falls.
John McMillan May 11, 2012 at 12:23 AM
ugh...please quit with the religious rantings...they have no place in this discussion. Not everyone is forced to believe in the type of God you obviously pray to.
John McMillan May 11, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Excellent question, Rev. Hamilton. I have wondered the same thing. Heterosexual marriage has become pretty much a farce, if you ask me. Certainly, any God would not be happy with the state of the institution as heterosexuals have defiled it. But, I suppose that must be the fault of the gays too, eh? Seems to me that marriage only needs to be protected from the abuse of heterosexuals.
John McMillan May 11, 2012 at 12:32 AM
North Carolina...where it's ok to marry your cousin, just not your GAY cousin!
John McMillan May 11, 2012 at 12:53 AM
...so many things wrong with this post. This was a factual article, with no bias slant. The NC story was a separate piece altogether. The President's statement IS huge news, bigger than NC, regardless of your opinion, and it does tie in to local events. And human rights are not subject to a vote of the people. You're saying that discriminatory practices should never be an issue in the community? Also, section 3 of DOMA has been abandoned as unconstitutional, and is not defended by the Justice Department at this time. So, no law-breaking going on here. YOUR bias is definitely showing, however...
Maro S May 11, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Ohio is my home state and I'm hoping CF does the right thing by ALL of its citizens and opens up its discount to the wide range of couples and families that live there and all over America. Equality will win the day!

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