Open Letter to President Obama

Dear Mr. President,

I’m writing to thank you for taking an unambiguous stand in favor of same-sex marriage during your interview on Wednesday. I am a naturalized citizen, born and raised in Germany. I am a scientist, a gay man, and today even more proud to have chosen this country as my home.

My husband Jeff and I got married in October 2008 when it was legal in California. Not until I stood in front of our friends and families and said, “I do”, did I fully understand how differently it feels to be married. Not to be “registered domestic partners,” but married the way our parents were married. Married the way the vast majority of our friends, colleagues and fellow Americans are.

Yesterday, I again surprised myself when I read about your remarks and tears came to my eyes. Yes, marriage is an emotional issue. It means the world to us to know that we are married. That our commitment to each other is recognized by the community we live in. That our president shares in our belief that we deserve to be treated equally.

We hope hat one day soon more couples like us can take that step and say “I do” to each other and the world. Thank you for taking us a giant step closer to that day.


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