At last night’s L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s “An Evening with Women,” comedian/actress/married lesbian with kids Wanda Sykes spoke thoughtfully about Obama and the NAACP’s stance on marriage equality. And had some very wise words about marriage, and why atheists get married.
I’m so proud of him [Obama]. I knew he would get there. But I believe it’s earnest and I’m just so proud because I flash back to this time four years ago and watching the vice presidential and presidential debates and when the topic of same sex marriage comes up, it was almost like they laughed…I still voted for him because it was what I thought was best for the country and I just hope people who are – have a problem with him coming out for same sex marriage that they will still go with their instinct of what’s good for the country.
Sykes was super enthusiastic regarding the NAACP’s support of marriage equality:
I’m so proud of the NAACP! I mean – this is huge! Really is huge because the NAACP, their roots are so instilled in the church. That’s where their meetings and all of that are held, in churches. So to come out and support same sex marriage – I’m so thrilled that they have gotten past the point that it’s not about religion, it’s about rights.
And the she pointed out a very important fact:
Marriage really doesn’t have anything to do with religion. That’s why atheists get married. It’s about all the rights that comes along with it. So I’m very proud of the NAACP right now and I think I’m going to join! Maybe I’ll up my membership now.
Karen Ocamb’s column LGBTPOV has the full interview on video from Renee Sotile & Mary Jo Godges of Traipsing Thru Films.