EDITOR: I, along with millions, remain so proud of President Barack Obama for continuing to lead in a courageous manner despite vicious opposition and ideologically based obstruction. Obama's evolution to support marriage equality is a seismic shift in our history, and it was the right thing to do.

It is not just about gay rights; it is about fundamental fairness and equality. Religious beliefs are sacred and personal and must not stand in the way of progress. Our secular-based laws were designed by our founders to provide life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to all people, and all people deserve the full benefit of our laws.

There was a time when it was tradition for women not to vote, for blacks to sit at the back of the bus, for whites to marry only whites, for gays not to serve in the military. Obama has moved our country forward by standing up decisively on the side of equality and reframing what is traditional. If Republicans truly care for this country and all people, they will work together with this president to continue to move us forward and not take us back in history.