Sullivan On Obama Support Of Gay Marriage: He's A "Father Figure"
Daily Beast/Newsweek columnist Andrew Sullivan teared up on this weekend's broadcast of "The Chris Matthews Show" reacting to Obama's support of gay marriage. Transcript below.
Chris Matthews, host: Andrew, you have advocated for this for many years, you yourself married your partner, Aaron, there he is four years ago with you. You've written a cover story on this for Newsweek. How important is this?
Andrew Sullivan: It's hugely important and to tell you the truth, i didn't realize how important it would be until it happened. Beforehand, I was kind of steeled. I was like, 'I don't care, he's going to disappoint us again.' And then I sat down and watched our president tell me that I am his equal, that I'm no longer outside, I'm fully part of this family and to hear the president who is in some ways a father figure speak to that, the tears came down like with many people in our families, to be included.
I never understood the power of a president's words until that day, really. I thought, all that matters is the states and the Congress and the Defense of Marriage Act and I had all this in my head and suddenly this man saying, 'I'm with you, I get it, you're like me, I'm like you, there is nothing between us, we are the same people and we are equal human beings and I want to treat you the way you treat me.' That -- that was overwhelming. That's all I can say. I was at a loss for words.
Chris Matthews: That's powerful stuff.