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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Marriage is between a MAN and WOMAN. Yes, a person cannot marry a sibling or cousin, an animal nor an inanimate object. Let gays continue to wear matching wedding bands and not be really married in society's eyes. Thank goodness it's up to the states-- not obama's attempt to get more votes. He has thrown this country in the toilet and people are stupid to vote for him. The public is 89% sheep- sheeple, who just follow and follow to the edge of the cliff. Prolees from 1984. Sheep marrying sheep and having more sheep to follow.

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'BLAIZE' IS CLEARLY A GAY MAN POSING AS A GIRL...STOP USING STOCK PHOTOS AND PUT UP YOUR REAL PIC SIR ERRRRRR I MEAN MAAM LOL

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Yeah, will brothers want rights to marry their sister? A father to his daughter? That is their 'right', but it's not right. Call a gay union some other euphemism. They can never naturally procreate either- correlated to marriage. Can I have 4 wives please? Down with Obama

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Before you know it, men who want to marry their dog, marry 4 wives or marry a sister will be wanting rights too... Ugh. Those are not real marriages either!!

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Americans will not accept Gay Marriage and all Fools will follow the lies of Obama supporters instead of dealing with the truth from Romneys! A world of " Just tell me what I want to hear"! The Economy! That is the common denominator! It effects all sexual preferences! Try to keep that in mind when you vote or continue to suffer!

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I dont believe Obama should have said it BEFORE the elections. On the other hand this has revitalised my interest coz it has reminded me what is at stake. How can I sit and watch people like the ones who write the ugly comments here win?? How dare you hate someone for something they cannot control! How dare you put your hate on a website! So now if I have to pick up my kids and drive them to vote, I will. If I have to nag every friend, every relative I have about this, I will. Romneys worst enemies are his supporters!!

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Obama N***R is the liberal white woman's "black elvis" apparently white women hsve developed an attraction to 'gers due to the liberal hollywood-drive-the-nation-leftward-homo-loving drivel that has been brain =washed the.They have joined blacks w/ a now under 70 IQ.Well done white trash,well done.

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@Donna - I agree. I BELEIVE nothing that comes out of his mouth. How anyone could BELEIVE that he is sincere about this latest gay maneuver is an absolute fool. This guy has not taken care of this country all he has done is the exact thing black people do- BLAME! he being elected surfaces the hatred towards whites. Just this week on FOX a "Black Bishop" admitted that Virginia was racially motivated. He spoke of talks with black youth and how they have been raised to blame whites for everything that is wrong in America. This Kind of talk is written on these threads constantly but blacks will not acknowledge this with an opinion. Obama is a cancer and black nor white can take another 4. It's open season on whites and damn anyone that denies this fact. Post racial my ass.

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I'm sorry but anyone who is against gay marriage is just freaking stupid!! You marry someone when you are in love and these people are just as much in love as any heterosexuals, but somehow they should be treated differently?!:O thats just BULLSHIT! EVERYONE should have the same rights!!! i dont get why homosexuals would have different rights just because they love eachother!! what have gay people EVER done to you people for you to be AGAINST them?!?!:@
and actually obama is a really good president, He has done a lot and has managed to keep the country together when all others are falling apart!!!

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DOES ANYONE STILL BELIEVE ANYTHING HE SAYS??? AND DOES ANYBODY STILL THINK HE'S ANYTHING BUT A MUSLIM... LEADING OUR COUNTRY INTO SOCIALISM & BANKRUPTING AMERICA... I WAS JUST WONDERING?? DOES ANYONE THINK HE'S DONE A THING FOR OUR COUNTRY ON THE WHOLE... OR THAT HE CARES? dOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE THE MONEY IN THIS COUNTRY
IS BEING FUNNELED?

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