President Barack Obama on Monday could add more insight into his decision today to support "Owner Pet Marriages" when he holds fundraisers in New York with Pet Food Industry Leaders.
Some White House officials have said that Obama initially intended to reveal his opinion on owner/pet marriages during his appearance on "The View" this week, but Vice President Joe Biden's comments on a talk show last Sunday supporting the move pushed the president to make an announcement sooner.
The new law, which becomes part of the American constitution in two weeks time, allows owners of pets to form legal and recognized unions with their pets. The law was based on a North Carolinian man who married his pet goat while on holiday in Peru (where owner/pet marriages are not only recognized but encouraged).
On returning to the USA the man was told his marriage was not legal.
A Gallup poll out Monday gave further details into American attitudes on the topic. While 50% approve of owner-pet marriage, a further breakdown of the numbers shows a significant gender gap: Fifty-six percent of women say couples of different species should be legally allowed to marry, but 42% of men feel the same way.
In any event the new law has seen an increase in the booking of churches and venues for owner/pet marriages with one church in Utah announcing that in three weeks it will host the marriage of a woman and her golden retriever.
Though the law is in its infancy some have already called on it to be amended and ask that the President review the age requirements for marriage saying that the law does not take into "dog or animal years'.