Same-sex supporters hail President Obama’s support of marriage equality

Religious groups cautious about effect on Nov. elections

Published  5:25 PM HST May 09, 2012
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HONOLULU -

 President Barack Obama's clarification of his support of same-sex marriage Wednesday, elated Hawaii's gay community.

Braden Morgan and Dalen Wells both work at Kaneohe Marine Base.
Morgan is a marine Sgt. and wells, a civilian staffer.

They were surprised, but pleased, with the news that the president made clear his position on gay marriage.

“I was like. 'Finally, yes!” said Morgan.

The couple made national headlines recently, after posting a homecoming kiss picture on the Internet.They said they can thank Obama for dropping the military's ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy and allowing them the freedom to express themselves like anyone else.

"Being a Marine I will abide by the orders and regulations of any commander-in-chief. if its Obama or Mitt Romney. But I will say personally and --this is my opinion-- this gives more hope for the next four years," Morgan said. “President Obama already had my vote, and there is much more reason for it this year.”

"His coming out with marriage equality now surprised me a bit . I thought he would do it after the election. It was nice to see it now, whether it was because of what Joe Biden said or not," said Dalan Wells.

Hawaii Family Forum which has long advocated for marriage as between one man and one woman, was cautious about predicting whether this would help or hurt Obama's re-election chances.

"It is up to the people of Hawaii and of the nation. It is up to them to decide if we want him as our president of the people, and by the people. We will find out in the elections in November," said  Al Cardenes of Hawaii Family Forum.

Morgan and Wells said since their homecoming kiss went viral, work is still work, and Morgan still puts on his uniform every morning.
The one difference will come this month when they move to New Orleans, Morgan’s new duty station.

The couple planned to attend a meeting Wednesday night with Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and members of the local chapter of Outserve, which was formed to support gay and lesbian military servicemen and women.

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