President Obama embraced the idea of same-sex marriage in an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts on Wednesday. The President said he came to this decision after thoughtful consideration and evolving beliefs.
“The thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the golden rule- you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated,” Obama said to Roberts.
Obama then told Roberts that he feels that this golden rule is what we try to instill in our children, and this motivates him as president. Leading by example, President Obama took a public stance in favor of same-sex marriage.
Before his presidency, Obama couldn’t have been a stranger to homosexuality. Chicago represents many same-sex couples, especially in Rogers Park.
RedEye recently called Rogers Park the new “gayborhood.” With its accentuated and celebrated diversity, the new title comes as no surprise. One of the Arts District’s most popular destinations is The Glenwood (6962 N. Glenwood Ave.), a casual, welcoming bar that neighbors know for its acceptance and appreciation of the gay scene. More recently, The Glenwood’s neighbor, Sidecar, opened at 6920 N. Glenwood Ave. in February. Though its popularity does not yet compare to that of The Glenwood, Rogers Park’s newest gay bar seems to have a hopeful future.
Outside of the Arts District at 6406 N. Clark St. is Jackhammer, which gives Rogers Park’s gay-friendly atmosphere a different appeal. With a sports bar and a dance floor, MetroMix says, “Typical happenings range from male dancers to amateur strip night. It's a neighborhood spot mixed with a weekend dance club.”
Festive activities celebrating homosexuality are spread throughout the area, but this north Chicago neighborhood has taken a serious stance as well, one that touches on residents’ core beliefs and values. AChurch4Me? Metropolitan Community Church found a home in Overdier Hall on the third floor of the the United Church of Rogers Park (1545 W. Morse Ave.) on April 1. The church’s mission emphasizes that “love is a blessing; diversity a gift; worship a celebration; & life a journey.”
AChurch4Me? Metropolitan Community Church's home, The United Church of Rogers Park, represents values that align with their neighboring church's mission. The United Church of Rogers Park, along with aChurch4Me? Metropolitan Community Church has been featured by Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches for “celebrating God’s love for all people.”
To be a part of the Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches, the partnering church must agree to accept all people regardless of sexual orientation.
Residents in the area generally like Obama; the Mile of Murals along Glenwood Avenue even devotes a spot to commemorate our president. The mural reads “President Barack Obama kicked off his senate campaign in 2005 at the Heartland,” showing Rogers Park’s pride. In light of new developments and Rogers Park’s evolving reputation as a gay haven, I wonder about residents’ reactions to Obama’s announcement.
How do you feel about the President’s stance favoring same-sex marriage?