Wednesday, May 9, 2012 | Matt Kane, Associate Director of Entertainment Media at GLAAD
President Barack Obama became the first sitting US President to officially support marriage equality for same-sex couples. According to his own staff, the President’s position and thoughts on the subject have evolved over time to reach this point, and he’s not the only one. As the newest polls demonstrate, the country on a whole continues to progressively evolve in its recognition of same-sex relationships, and as Vice President Joe Biden himself has admitted, television programs and popular culture can take quite a bit of the credit.
For many Americans, it was television shows that gave them their first images of same-sex couples, and a chance to recognize the commonalities with their own lives. TV couples like Mitchell and Cam on Modern Family, of which President Obama has admitted to being a big fan, show audiences that the lives and relationships of LGBT people are just as complex, mundane, and important as those of straight people.
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Early this morning, Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates voted against appointing Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Thorne-Begland as a judge on Richmond’s 13th District Court. Had Thorne-Begland been appointed, he would have been the first openly gay judge elected in Virginia.
Though Thorne-Begland had bipartisan support when nominated, a smear campaign led by Republican Delegate Marshall, based solely on Thorne-Begland’s sexual-orientation, resulted in the rejection of Thorne-Begland as a nominee.
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