Politically, people can typically be divided into one of two groups: those who wish to control the lives of others, and those who have no such desire. For as much as I disagree with Obama in an economic context, I have to say that on the social front he's done more than any other post-war president to convince people that everybody is a person and ought to be treated like one. I suspect that we'll see a lot more of him reaching out and extending credibility to the issue of LGBT rights. If you consider when that strategy was riskiest for him, it was in the last 6 months of 2012 during his campaign. Now there is no risk, not even in making a separate point of it in a speech with a global audience. Today it became clear that he has the stones to step up to the plate and say something about it.
Now he can really break the ice for others to come out and say that they might disagree with you, but that they respect that they have no right to transpose their opinions on others through the rule of law. In fact, many who you wouldn't normally expect to be speaking up on the issue are emphasizing how disingenuous it is to defend using the law to enact religiously defended opinions. In a roundabout way, that in itself strikes me as a violation of freedom of religion. We not only have the freedom to practice my religion, but we have the freedom from influence of others. Anyhow, Lisa Murkowski, an Alaskan Senator, wrote a very reflective, barefaced Op-ed and it's definitely worth reading. Here's a link: