Gay Marriage Supporters in Calif. Praise Obama
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Gay marriage proponents in Calif. are praising President Obama for his announcement that he backs gay marriage. In February, a federal appeals court ruled that California's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. (May 9)


[San Francisco]Stuart Gaffney - Prop 8 Plaintiff/Gay Rights Activist "I have never felt so proud to be an American and, to be honest, today I feel more American because President Obama has affirmed that he isn't just the President for some of us. He's the President for all of us."Rebekah Orr / Communications Director - Equality California "To have the highest authority in the nation say to same sex couples and to their families and really to all Americans that, no matter who you are, you should be able to marry the person that you love is such an incredible moment in history. It's an incredible moment in our movement and it sends such a powerful message of hope and acceptance to same sex couples and their families and young gay people across the country. It's just truly a momentous day."Larry Davanzo - Married Gay San Francisco Resident "I give him credit. He's standing up for what he believes regardless of what the political implications will be. Hopefully it won't hurt him. Hopefully he'll be able to pull it off and go into a second term."Paolo Miranda - Gay San Francisco Resident "I always thought as a black president, he of all people should understand this equality thing and it kind of annoyed me for awhile that he wasn't behind it and I didn't understand that. But I will say he's always been a man of his word and everything he said he'd do for the gay community he's pretty much done so I'm impressed and he's got my vote again." (****END****) VIDEO PRODUCER: haven daley / ned barker---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: ap video-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: donna starddard ----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: none----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): none--------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE: haven daley