President Obama’s announcement that he supports the legalization of same-sex marriage brought one member of the Los Angeles City Council to tears today at City Hall.
Councilman Bill Rosendahl, the first openly gay man elected to the council, said that for him, today’s news is “a huge move.”
“I do have tears in my eyes. This is something we’ve been fighting for forever and we are so happy to see our president join us in our basic civil and human rights,” Rosendahl said.
In a message sent out on Twitter moments after the president’s announcement, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage, wrote: “We stand w/Pres. Obama - love doesn’t have a color, love doesn’t care if you’re gay or straight. Love doesn’t discriminate.”
Councilman Eric Garcetti performed marriage ceremonies during the brief time same-sex marriage was legal in California.
In a statement, Garcetti said, “Today, our president moved us closer to fulfilling the promise of equality and fairness upon which our nation was founded. When you put the politics aside, it's simple: when two people love each other and want to get married, it's nobody's business but their own."