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May 9, 2012 at 10:37 PM

From Seattle’s Capitol Hill: Kudos for Obama’s stand on gay marriage

At the Wildrose bar on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Lisa "Roz" Rossman, left, and her girlfriend Shanon Curtis, right, talk about Obama's public support of gay marriage. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

“I’m just happy!” exclaimed Shanon Curtis, 31, sitting at the bar Wednesday night at the Wildrose, a Capitol Hill gathering spot for lesbians and their friends.

Curtis and Lisa “Roz” Rossman, a couple, plan to be at the Paramount Theatre Thursday to cheer for President Obama, who has come out in support of gay marriage.

Obama’s support for gay marriage, said many people in the bar, is important, symbolic and brave. Nobody scoffed at marriage, the institution, and many said they hoped to marry some day.

Rossman, 44, a teacher,  is  taking a break for a year to work security and as a cook at the Wildrose. She and Curtis have been together for about three months, and they’ve talked about children, said Curtis, who was married before, to a man.

Marriage, Rossman said, represents security, particularly for people who are rejected by their families because of their sexual orientation or gender identification.

Being able to marry is important, because it’s about equality and acceptance and recognition that, as Drew Bensen said, that “I’m a good person.”

Bensen, a woman in the process of becoming a man, was  celebrating Obama’s support with a friend and his sister. Bensen, 39, who said he was a lesbian for 17 years, says he doesn’t understand why a woman who marries a man can have a wedding and get married – but two women can’t.

“My friends — it should be the same,” he said. “If you’re a good person, what’s the problem?”

Obama’s support meant a lot to him, he said. “That was really brave of him,” he said. “More people should have courage.”

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