Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Guest Blogger Naeemah Johnson: Congratulate President Obama for standing up for equality in love

Naeemah Johnson is a10th grade student at Mastery Charter School in Philadelphia. She is interning at the ACLU for the spring semester.

Today President Obama ordered the Department of Justice not to defend DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act). This is truly a surprise. Some people say gay marriage should be unconstitutional, if so, love also must be unconstitutional. Who is the government to tell people what gender they should marry or should not marry? When two people love each other and want to spend the rest of their lives with one another, they get married. So why can’t two females or two males who are in love with one another in get married in every state? To me, America is supposed to be the land of the free, people should be free to marry whomever they love. Our president understands this and is ready to change things. Many in the Congress won’t be happy with this. They don’t want Obama to have the power to make this decision, but he is the President. When Bush was in office he was selective in choosing which laws to enforce and got no trouble from the Congress. President Obama should be congratulated for standing up for equality in love. This is a change my generation can believe in.

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