President Barack Obama has publicly come out in support of gay marriage, the first time in history that a sitting U.S. president has ever done so.
Obama made the announcement via an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America" last Thursday.
Locally, the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce established a new council for gay and lesbian businesspeople in January.
Bethlehem's Adrian Shanker, president of Equality Pennsylvania, told the Morning Call last week that Obama has not gone far enough to promote gay rights and that his organization will continue to push Democrats such as Sen. Bob Casey to support gay marriage. Equality Pennsylvania has started an online petition to Casey.
The Call's report includes comments on the issue from local congressional candidates.
Pride of the Lehigh Valley - a group representing the local gay community - will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year.
Nationally, 46 percent of Americans disapprove of gay marriage while 51 percent support it, according to a Gallup poll. An additional poll says Obama's declaration won't change the way many people vote.
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