That is all I have to say about the recent North Carolina vote regarding same-sex marriage. As for the President's statement regarding same-sex marriage, I think that it was a brave statement to make when the country is divided 50-50 on the issue (actually 53% of the country is in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, up from 23% in 1996. Let's hear it for change!). I also think that even though it won't change things overnight, or over a year, or maybe even over the next 4 years, I hope that it's a comfort to all people who identify in the spectrum LGBTQIA that the leader of their country does not find them disgusting, morally reprehensible, or threatening.
To my friends who are living a so-called "alternative" lifestyle, I hope someday society understands that it's not alternative, it's just your lifestyle. For those of you who have found happiness and love, I am so happy for you. For those of you who are still looking, gay or straight, I wish you the same love and happiness that I have in my life. And I hope that one day we all have the option to have that commitment legally acknowledged.