Jake Schlossberg
Staff Writer
 On May 9th, 2012, history was made. As some of you may know, President Obama mentioned during an interview with ABC News that he “thinks same-sex couples should be able to get married.” The consensus of Latin students’ reactions has all been fairly positive; from what I have seen, people are generally excited about the announcement, and believe that this change is one for the better. Yet, Sophomore Cynthia Trujillo has a different perspective on the issue, stating, “I think it’s a little sad that it took so long, but at least he finally talked about it.” In my opinion, It is a bit surprising that it took us until 2012 to have a sitting president voice his support for gay marriage. However, it did take us until 2008 to elect the first black president, so we all know that change takes time. Although his statement has planted a few more seeds for change, Junior Blair Marshall is, “concerned for his reelection…[she’s] honestly terrified for what will happen if we have another conservative president, so [she’d] rather he be more electable even if it’s a less powerful statement.” True, this statement was a risk, especially so close to reelection time. Did President Obama really need to voice his opinion in the way that he did? Well, yes. The question was asked to him in an interview, therefore it was impossible to ignore. Though he could have danced around the question like they teach you in politician school, Obama’s views on LGBT rights have been more or less clear from the beginning of his time as president, looking at his views on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the “Defense of Marriage Act,” one can easily see his slant, so a direct comment was an important one to make. Most reactions that are being publicly circulated are positive, but one anonymous student really doesn’t see what the fuss is about, wondering, “why everyone thinks this is a big deal. It’s been pretty obvious how he feels about the issue, a public statement isn’t going to change anything.” For me, this opinion is valid. One person’s opinion, even if it is our country’s president, can’t facilitate all of the change that needs to happen. What is important to see, though, is how this announcement has given validity to the fight for same-sex marriage. People may have been ready to give up in the past, but Obama’s support has rekindled the fire. Ours is the generation that will win marriage equality, it ends with us.]]>