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Obama Sends Letter to Gay Couple Congratulating Them on Marriage


President Obama sent Matt Katz and his husband a letter after they were married, congratulating him.

Buzzfeed writes:

They have no idea why they received the card.

Matt says, "I'm not sure why the letter got sent to us. Aaron and I were married on July 24th at Borough Hall. However, we had our wedding ceremony on July 23rd at my dad's house the day before. Maybe word got out that we were outlaws for a day?"

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  1. Clever Obama - he wants to gather support from gays without actually supporting gay marriage. And btw, who's Matt Katz? If he isn't a public figure, you shouldn't address him as just "Matt Katz", as if we're all supposed to know who that is.

    Posted by: HoHo | Dec 19, 2011 10:01:59 PM

  2. Whatever you do in your life, make damn sure you seal that letter in am airtight frame and save it. It will be worth $millions$ in later years.

    Posted by: Dale | Dec 19, 2011 10:11:00 PM

  3. Is this Obama's way of coming out in support of marriage equality???

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 19, 2011 10:13:57 PM

  4. Nice letter, though it could have included the name of the recipient.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 19, 2011 10:16:48 PM

  5. Damn! My husband and I just got our letter yesterday and I was about to send it in!

    Posted by: Nathaniel | Dec 19, 2011 10:21:39 PM

  6. sounds like one or both partners must have donated to Obama's campaign

    Posted by: JEFFUWS | Dec 19, 2011 10:23:04 PM

  7. Mike, Obama can't support marriage equality because it would piss off the social conservatives who won't vote for him anyway.

    The smart move would be to make it a central issue because it would:

    (1) galvanize LGBT campaign contributions;
    (2) make the GOP froth at the mouth and look like bigoted lunatics; and
    (3) distract from Obama's dismal economic failures.

    But hey, a letter is a nice consolation prize from a "fierce advocate."

    Posted by: Max | Dec 19, 2011 10:23:12 PM

  8. Well isn't that special

    Posted by: Bri | Dec 19, 2011 10:25:12 PM

  9. I assume that this letter is Obama's way of showing support for gay marriage without having to support it politically, which is risky and jeopardizes his already difficult attempt at re-election. The gay community should cut him some slack here - he's doing the best he can with a difficult situation. I know that a "be patient, things are changing" message is frustrating to hear all the time, but in this situation the wait won't be very long. Assuming that he gets re-elected, it's less than 11 full months before Obama can afford to become vocally and aggressively pro-gay in his statements and policies.

    At any rate, congrats to the happy couple.

    Posted by: Mary | Dec 19, 2011 10:31:21 PM

  10. Congratulations on their marriage? Not really..."special occasion", "union" and "lifelong partnership" are all clear avoidance of "marriage".

    Posted by: kelehe | Dec 19, 2011 10:54:21 PM

  11. I believe the White House has an office known as The Greetings Office or something similar. I think it is staffed by volunteers.

    A citizen can request that the President send a greeting to anyone for a significant life event. For example if your cousin was being installed as the president of a college, or your grandmother was turning one hundred years old, or your brother was being ordained as a priest, you could request some type of good wishes, congratulatory greeting.

    Back in the day, you could just phone and ask for the office, speak with the volunteer, and that was about it.

    I understand that because of the number of requests they have tightened the criteria for such greetings, and I believe they now require the request in writing or in the form of an e-mail (not oral).

    This type of thing has been done for decades and is a public relations, goodwill function of the presidency.

    I'm confident that what I have written was accurate for the past, but I cannot vouch for the current requirements.

    Posted by: Anon | Dec 19, 2011 10:54:28 PM

  12. Barf. Nice union, have fun but don't call it marriage until 2013.

    Posted by: realitythink | Dec 19, 2011 11:30:29 PM

  13. Someone must have sent a wedding announcement to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. That's the standard form response. Send them graduation announcements and you'll get a similar boilerplate response.

    Posted by: Anon | Dec 19, 2011 11:39:32 PM

  14. I like Obama's signature.

    Posted by: Jerry | Dec 20, 2011 2:19:29 AM

  15. This alone says why this navy veteran will vote to reelect Mr Obama. Which of the neanderthal republicans would recognize the humanity of these gay men?

    Posted by: jack | Dec 20, 2011 2:28:50 AM

  16. A family member ordained as a priest? That would be anything but a joyous occasion.

    Posted by: Lance | Dec 20, 2011 3:08:25 AM

  17. The White House sends out "Greetings Cards" for life events of all kinds. All you have to do is call the White House or your Member of Congress and ask for one in advance.

    That includes same-sex marriages, civil unions, same-sex anniversaries, and adoptions by same-sex couples.

    Obviously a family member asked for one for this couple but didn't tell them beforehand. No story.

    Posted by: John | Dec 20, 2011 3:44:04 AM

  18. By Odin, I had no idea the election was that close. How time flies.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Dec 20, 2011 3:45:02 AM

  19. why would he offer congratulations for something he doesn't believe in?

    Posted by: h | Dec 20, 2011 5:58:33 AM

  20. Even with all his faults, if Gingrich or Romney take the White House, no such letter would be forthcoming to any gay couple and no legislation favoring gay people either. If Obama had supported marriage equality at the beginning of his campaign, I'm not so sure he would have been elected and we'd have been stuck with John McCain and Sarah Palin.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Dec 20, 2011 7:49:03 AM

  21. Great post! Thanks.

    Posted by: essays | Dec 20, 2011 7:59:31 AM

  22. Actually it says "Union" NOT "marriage"

    Posted by: Will | Dec 20, 2011 9:02:04 AM

  23. If Obama declares support for marriage equality in 2012, you'll see the GOP running scared. Gingrich's serial adultery and third marriage won't help matters either. It will put a nail in the coffin of the same-sex marriage haters who won't be able to to spew their nonsense about how SSM harms marriage. Gingrich is doing a damn good job about that already and the catholic cult will he exposed as an even more bigoted cult than ever before for allowing him to convert.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Dec 20, 2011 9:25:24 AM

  24. @Kehele

    That was the first thing I noticed about the letter.

    This is a nice letter and all but with all due respect, Mr. President, was the word "marriage" impossible to place in this correspondence?

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Dec 20, 2011 10:14:57 AM

  25. @H: I don't believe in Christmas, yet I have wished probably 50 different people who do a "Merry Christmas" over the past month. Obama was just being a decent human here.

    Posted by: Thomasina | Dec 20, 2011 10:28:07 AM

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