President Obama Announces Support For Gay Marriage

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President Barack Obama today became the first sitting president to announce support for same-sex marriage, making his position on the subject clear.

In a sit-down interview with ABC's Robin Roberts, Obama completed what has been a long and often dubious "evolution" on the controversial topic.

"I've always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly," Obama told Roberts in an interview that will air Thursday.

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Obama's announcement, on the heels of North Carolina's Amendment 1 ban on gay marriage in that state, was made after much soul-searching.

"Over the course of several years, I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, and I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together," he said.

"When I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don't Ask Don't Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married."

The statement constitutes an act of political bravery on the president's behalf, as 29 states have now banned gay marriage constitutionally.

It's also a major victory for the gay rights community, which has been pushing him to declare his support for marriage equality for years.

Just last Sunday, Vice President Joseph Biden told NBC's Meet The Press that he was personally comfortable with same-sex marriage.

With the issue back in the news, the pressure on Obama intensified.

The White House originally insisted over the weekend that Biden clarified his statement as being in reference to civil rights for gay couples.

But the explanation was largely dismissed as a political dodge, a way for Obama to support for marriage equality without having to declare it himself.

No longer.

The president finally chose to speak out Wednesday in the wake of the North Carolina ban, with the White House hastily scheduling an interview.

“It’s interesting, some of this is also generational,” the president said. “You know when I go to college campuses, sometimes I talk to college Republicans who think that I have terrible policies on the economy, on foreign policy, but are very clear that when it comes to same sex equality or, you know, believe in equality."

"They are much more comfortable with it. You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently."

"It doesn’t make sense to them and frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.”

The president's support of same-sex marriage will have little political impact, at least from a practical standpoint, as most states have tackled the issue legislatively and/or judicially, outside the realm of the federal government.

Symbolically, the impact is much more profound.

As the first president to support marriage equality, he sets the bar for its social and political acceptance and retains the ability to shape public opinion further.

What do you think of President Obama's support for gay marriage?

 

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I believe Obama is the anti christ being expected.God save us he has demonstrated all the qualities of the anti Christ

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Go piss up a rope, Blaize

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32 states have outlawed gay marriage. Who cares what you all think. Who cares what Obama thinks. He does whatever for votes and sheeple follow him. It will be a loooong time if ever, if sodomy/marriage was legal in this country. It's up to states and most voters say no.

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@Zzz Top: Just because I'm young doesn't mean I don't have valid opinions and the right to express them. If I took the conservative side of the issue you wouldn't call into question my youth, would you? If I went with the old fashioned route route and said that "marriage should only be for a man and a woman, blah blah blah- if I thought like that, you wouldn't have even brought up my age, would you? Age has nothing to do with it. Guess what? There are adults years older than me who have the same views. My grandmother will be 81 years old this year, and she supports gay rights as well. And no, she's not gay herself. She was married to my grandfather for 59 years. You can't disregard someone's opinion based on whether or not they're under or over 30. Sorry.

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@ Blaize-- It was commonplace years ago to tell a youngster who was starting out - tell them to shut up and don't say a word- watch and learn. I thought that was rude to say the least. Especially when directed at me. Until you can live life. Until you have some battle scars until you realize you misread the people you defended only THEN can you make a true assessment about what is going on outside your door.

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Would you rather spend YOUR tax dollars on their foster care or an orphanage and have you seen the social
Outcome of an unloved child? If the foster child turns out bad as they often do you will then be paying for there
Legal costs and cost of incarceration 50,000 per year. Gay couples don't require a blue eyed blond male and they
Tend to love more deeply and nurture more attentively. Coming from a retired pediatrician I know.

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Does anyone feel the way I do that if a homosexual couple wants to raise an otherwise unwanted child
It will be better loved and nurtured by a couple no matter what sexual preference than not loved at all?

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@Blaize, don't forget you must be male and gay. Your age has to be called into question......anything to make your comments less valid. The insecurities of others causes them to pick apart any advisory. Weak of mind.
Bruce and NOT, suck the lemon and puckerup!

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Not supporting gay marriage does not have to be based on religion. You are aSSuming that, Blaise. It's not the same caliber as a man and woman. Let gays call it a union and continue to do so. Yes, I bet there are sickos who are self-proclaimed "married" to their sister, or dog or car or whatever else. Granted, I think there are people who don't want to see this country turn to Sodom... But there are agnostics who don't agree w gays marrying. Gays enjoy all the same rights as married: health insurance, tax benefits and they can adopt. Who fucking cares?! U idiots fester on this bs and ignore real issues of our time.

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@NOT: There? See? I prefer to use photos of other things and people though. I'll be changing it again soon.

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