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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@ Doh- put the bottle down!

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Then where is there separation of church and state.? When we brag about America being free how is that
Freedom. I am a white heterosexual male and. I say as long as we don't hurt one another we all should be able
To love each other the way we want.

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Bible BIBLE -CHRISTIAN THIS AND THAT. How many misfit people are there out there? You people blame Religon on everything. Obama is not going to win! He is done. He is a phony. He has sold out more people than ever. November cant come soon enough. Two gays cannot reproduce - this in itself is the obvious sign that all is not well with this whole thing.

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We live on a pale blue dot traveling 80,000 miles around the sun on an outer arm of the milky way galaxy traveling 60 miles per second, a galaxy that is 100,000 light years across and 70 light years wide and we are only one of billions of galaxies. We are literally a speck of dust in the overall scheme of things and we egomaniacs think it was done for us and better yet many are convinced that their god created man in his image. How narcissistic is that? Why on this relatively tiny planet we can't all just get along. It's not like gay people are going to repopulate the earth. I want Obama as president because his position is evolving you think Romney
Will ever budge. As so if people are going to use their man made book called the bible (faith) as their reason for not wanting gays to wed

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Can't the gay community see that just because the President came out and said he was for same-sex marriage doesn't mean they've gained a thing! He still underscored the fact that same-sex marriage laws are under the jurisdiction of the States. So far? 32 have said "no" to same-sex marriage including California! There's an executive order gays want the President to sign protecting gay Federal workers. It's written up and Barack won't sign it. No indication he'll do it now that he's "come out" on his personal view of gay marriage either. He was just pandering to you all. When will the gays realize they're basically getting a "wink and a nod" from this guy?!? Joe Biden is the one that really forced the President's hand...which underlines the fact that Joe's sincere and Obama is just wanting votes.

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i'm sick of biggots always using the bible for spreading their HATE...STOP THE DAMN PREACHING....we should NOT be making laws according to the bible...NC hurt more then gays....straight people CAN'T enter into "civil unions" or "domestic partnerships"....this is about EQUAL CIVIL HUMAN RIGHTS....rights that straight people take for granted...they don't want special rights...they want the SAME RIGHTS. alisa

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Now it is time for Obama or Barry Soetoro to come out of the closet.

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marriage IS a CIVIL RIGHT...and gay people are HUMAN BEINGS, and should have ALL THE SAME RIGHTS AND PROTECTIONS that straight people have taken for GRANTED FOR YEARS....i'm THRILLED the president has FINALLY come out in support for same-sex marriage..;.gay people are NOT harming anyone....LOVE IS LOVE, NO MATTER THE GENDER OR RACE OF THOSE INVOLVED. alisa

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I am beginning to understand why the divorce rate is so high in this country. I am beginning to understand the reason for so many unwed Mothers! You people will BELEIVE anything that anyone tells you. Obama is as full of shit as anyone on Earth. He must take a stand that is polar opposite of Romney just to have a chance to win. He is drowning in his own piss! I'm guessing you fell for the same shit he promised back in 2008? Can you possibly be anymore stupid? He could have signed off on many bills last year to help gays but he didn't! Now all the sudden you fall for this?

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Sweeties, if you are male and you are commenting on a gossip website YOU ARE NOT STRAIGHT. You are not fooling anyone with the self-hating homophobia!!!

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