When President Obama announced his open support of gay marriage on May 9, 2012, I cried. I was in the middle of finals, sitting in an abandoned classroom. In my procrastination, I had checked the news and there it was: Obama Announces Support for Gay Marriage. I clicked on the video and the tears started rolling down my cheeks.
In that moment, I remember being incredulous that the president, the president of the United States of America, thinks I should be able to get married. I didn’t even know I was missing that kind of approval.
But there I was, sitting in an abandoned classroom, frantically working on a final paper, trembling with ecstatic, unbelieving tears. And though there are a million other reasons I would reelect Barack Obama, that one moment is more than enough.