Franken: "I'm proud of what the President did today"
May 9, 2012 — 4:40pm
Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken issued a statement today praising President Barack Obama's support of gay marriage. The announcement was the first by a sitting president.
"I'm proud of what the President did today," said Sen. Franken in the statement. "It marks an important step for loving families across the country. I've been married to my wife Franni for 37 years, and it's the best thing that's ever happened to me. That's why I've long believed that people should be able to enter into loving, committed marriages regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. And I'm glad the President agrees."
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."