Dear President Obama,
It is with great pride and sincere gratitude that I write these words. I began campaigning for you in the Summer of 2008 knowing that you were far and away more tolerant and equality-minded than your opponent John McCain. Like you, I thought that America was not quite ready to embrace gay marriage and I often explained to my friends and fellow activists that your administration was one that we could count on but shouldn't "expect too much from".
Yesterday, you proved me wrong about the latter half of that statement. You've proven to the LGBT community that we can not only "hope for change" but shoot for the stars! You could have just as easily taken the politically expedient route of holding Same-Sex Marriage back like a carrot on a string. You could have withheld your verbal support as incentive for LGBT persons to elect you to a 2nd term and in today's political climate, it would work. But instead, you chose to do the more politically risky thing because it is also the most honorable thing.
For this bold, meaningful support on your behalf, I say Thank You. I don't think I'm being excessive in saying that you have done more to advance my civil equality in this country than any other President I've had the experience of living under.
In closing, I pledge my support not only for your re-election to a 2nd term, but also to elect a Democratic Congress that will help you to achieve your vision of America... a vision I know we share.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida