Political figures and organizations responded on Wednesday to President Barack Obama's announcement that he supports same-sex marriage.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in a fundraising email for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: "Isn't it great? President Obama just announced that he supports marriage equality for all Americans. He joins many of us who have long-supported marriage equality because of what it tells our country – and the entire world – that all of America's families deserve the benefits of equal protection under the law.... While this is a proud moment, our fight for marriage equality is far from over – there will be challenges in the days ahead."
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus: "Because our children's future is best preserved within the traditional understanding of marriage, we call for a constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage as a union of a man and a woman, so that judges cannot make other arrangements equivalent to it. In the absence of a national amendment, we support the right of the people of the various states to affirm traditional marriage through state initiatives.
Richard Grenell, the former spokesman for Mitt Romney who left the campaign amid pressure from conservative groups who considered him too open about being gay, told OutFront:
While I am pleased with President Obama’s new decision, it’s important to keep politicians from playing politics with a group’s civil rights. The President’s timing suggests that he is once again more concerned with his own political calculations than with actual equal rights. The president could have evolved when the Democrats controlled the House and the Senate or even yesterday before the swing state of North Carolina voted.